DtB's New CD, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Is Now Available!
Donna the Buffalo's new CD, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, was released today, 6/18/13. The CD, on Sugar Hill Records, is the first official release since 2008, and has climbed to the number 12 position on the national Americana Radio chart at www.americanaradio.org. You can get it at your favorite local record store, from Funkyside.com, or from iTunes. It features founding members and songwriters Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard), David McCracken (Hammond organ, clavinet), Kyle Spark (bass), and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). It was recorded primarily on tape in a rustic church in Enfield, New York with co-producer Robert Hunter. In addition to the title track, the CD will include All Aboard, Working On That, I Love My Tribe, I See How You Are, Spinning World, and 8 other songs. The band will be touring extensively this summer; be sure to check out the Tour page of the band's brand-new, redesigned web site at www.donnathebuffalo.com. (posted 6/18/13)
Check Out DtB's Video For I Love My Tribe On CMT Edge!The official Donna the Buffalo music video for their song I Love My Tribe from the soon-to-be-released CD Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday has premiered to rave reviews on CMT Edge online. You can view it and leave your comments at http://www.cmtedge.com/2013/06/03/donna-the-buffalo-gathers-the-herd-for-i-love-my-tribe/. The video was shot in Nashville and directed by DtB's friend Craig Aspen of The Believers. It features a cool cameo by DtB's most famous musical friend and tons of other familiar faces. (posted 6/6/13)
Pre-order DtB's New Album And You'll Get It By June 18!Donna the Buffalo's new CD, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, will debut on 6/18/13 on Sugar Hill Records. If you pre-order the new CD from Funkyside.com, you'll get it by the 6/18/13 release date. The album, the band's 10th studio effort and its first since 2008's Silverlined, features founding members and songwriters Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard), David McCracken (Hammond organ, clavinet), Kyle Spark (bass), and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). It was recorded primarily on tape in a rustic church in Enfield, New York with co-producer Robert Hunter. In addition to the title track, the CD will include All Aboard, Working On That, I Love My Tribe, I See How You Are, Spinning World, and 8 other songs. For more details, including the complete track listing, see the official announcement on Dreamspider Publicity's web site. (posted 5/30/13)
New Photos From Georgia, Florida ShowsIn early May, Donna the Buffalo took a swing through the southeast that included shows in Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; St. Petersburg, FL; and Jacksonville Beach, FL. Gary "maptaper" Pudvan was along for the ride, and graciously shares his photos of three of these four gigs: 5/3/13 at Terminal West in Atlanta, 5/4 at Jannus Landing in St. Pete, and 5/5 at Freebird Cafe in Jacksonville Beach. Thanks so much, Gary! (posted 5/25/13)
Next DtB Webcast: Friday 5/17, Syracuse, NYThanks to Herd.tv and the Black Vest Brothers, Donna the Buffalo's show on Friday, 5/17/13 at the Wescott Theater in Syracuse, NY will be webcast live as it happens. To view the webcast, go to http://webcast.herd.tv some time around 8 pm eastern time on Friday 5/17. Thanks so much to all who devote their time and energy to making these webcasts happen! (posted 5/16/13)
Trumansburg GrassRoots Lineup Has Been Announced!It's official: in addition to Donna the Buffalo, the 2013 GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, NY will feature Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Rusted Root, Festival au Désert, Rubblebucket, The Duhks, and many, many more, including all of the usual bands from the Ithaca area and around the world that make this festival so great year after year. For the complete lineup, go to www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&page_id=27. Also, Wednesday, 5/1 is the last day to get the Early Bird price on tickets, so go to https://grassrootsfest.thundertix.com/events and save.
New Photos And Recordings: Shakori Hills GrassRoots!On Thursday, 4/18/13, Donna the Buffalo returned to Silk Hope, NC for the annual 4-day Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance. In addition to DtB, this year's fest also featured Keller Williams & The Travelin’ McCourys, The Horse Flies, Preston Frank, Locos Por Juana, John Brown's Body, and many more. Gary "madtaper" Pudvan was at this event, and kindly shares with us more than 150 photos of the Spring Shakori GrassRoots Fest 4/18/13 through 4/21/13 at http://madtaperpix.shutterfly.com/pictures/1597 and http://madtaperpix.shutterfly.com/pictures/1764. In addition, Terry Killebrew has already uploaded his recording of DtB's set from 4/18/13 to the Live Music Archive at http://archive.org/details/donna2013-04-18. Thanks, Gary! Thanks, Terry!
Great Video From Suwannee Springfest 3/23/13!
Donna the Buffalo has this wonderful habit of performing their absolute best when conditions seem to be...less than ideal. Case in point: Saturday night's set at this year's Suwannee Springfest, aka "the rainfest performance." Thanks to Mark "DaBabe" Roth, you can view a video of DtB's complete set on 3/23/13 from Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak, FL. On this night, the skies dropped a driving rain, it was cold, and it was windy, but DtB laid down a fantastic set, starting off with a roaring Hot Tamale Baby and powering through a long list of favorite tunes, including Family Picture, Blue Sky, Conscious Evolution, and The Ones You Love, pausing only to thank the fans for their loyalty and tenacity. The song was made all the more special by the addition of Bryn Davies on bass, who filled in for Kyle Spark while he was celebrating a new addition to his family. Congratulations, Kyle, and thanks so much for the video, Mark! FYI Mark has many other full-show DtB videos on his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/dababe44. (posted 3/30/13)
More Photos, Recording Of 3/9/13 New York, NY
Danny Monroe's first Donna the Buffalo show was 6/15/12 at the Historic Blairstown Theater in Blairstown, NJ. Among other things, that show featured a Happy Birthday sing-a-long/cake for Jeb and a version of Conscious Evolution that ventured into territory that no DtB jam had ever gone before. Danny's been a fan ever since, and now shares with us 15 photos of DtB performing on 3/9/13 at the Best Buy Theater in New York, NY. To see these and other photos of DtB's set that night, go to www.facebook.com/donnafans. Also, Scott Bernstein has posted a sweet recording of this show on the Live Music Archive at http://archive.org/details/donnathebuffalo2013-03-09.tlm170.flac16. Thanks, Danny! Thanks, Scott! (posted 3/17/13)
New Photos: 3/9/13 New York, NY
On Saturday, 3/9/13, Donna the Buffalo performed at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, New York, NY, opening a fantastic night of music that also included Railroad Earth. DtB played an extremely energetic 1-hour set that started at 8 pm with Be The Change and roared through many of the fans' favorite tunes, including If You Only Could, 40 Days & 40 Nights, Conscious Evolution, Blue Sky, Family Picture, and Hot Tamale Baby. Later in the evening, Jeb (on guitar) and Tara (on scrub) joined Railroad Earth for a version of RRE's Just So You Know that featured a wonderful bit of musical magic between Tara and RRE's Tim Carbone (fiddle). For photos of DtB's set, go to www.facebook.com/donnafans.
Feb. 8 Show In Northampton, MA Postponed Due To SnowDonna the Buffalo's show at Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, MA that was originally scheduled for Friday, 2/8/13 has been postponed due to a predicted blizzard. As soon as this show is rescheduled, the date will be posted on the venue's web site, www.iheg.com/pearl_street_main.asp. (posted 2/7/13)
Get Ready For Virginia Key GrassRoots!
The 2nd Annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will take place 2/21 - 2/24, 2013 at the historic Virginia Key State Park in Miami, FL. This fest will feature more than 40 bands, including Donna the Buffalo, Ruster Root, Keith Frank, Locos Por Juana, and more, performing on 4 stages over 4 days. For more information about Virginia Key GrassRoots, check out http://virginiakeygrassroots.com. (posted 1/30/13)
Download Recordings Of All 4 Tara & Friends Shows From December!In early December 2012, Donna the Buffalo's Tara Nevins performed four very special shows as Tara & Friends at a handful of venues in the southeast. Gary "Madtaper" Pudvan recorded all four of these gigs, and thanks to Capn Hook you can now download these recordings from the DtB page on the Live Music Archive. The shows took place on Wed., 12/5/21, in Atlanta, GA (Smith’s Olde Bar), Thur., 12/6/12, in Charlotte, NC (The Double Door Inn), Fri., 12/7/12, in Asheville, NC (The Grey Eagle), and Sat., 12/8/12, in Huntsville, AL (Kaffeeklatsch). Joining Tara for these gigs were Riley Baugus (banjo), Mike Compton (mandolin), Pete Finney (pedal steel and electric guitar), David Grier (acoustic guitar), Todd Phillips (bass), Amber-Dawn Rische (harmony vocals and fiddle), and DtB drummer Mark Raudabaugh. Thanks, Gary! Thanks, Capn! (posted 1/28/13)
New Videos: All 4 Shows From The Green Parrot, Key West, FL
Mark "DaBabe" Roth is at it again: This diehard fan and videographer has again gone above and beyond the call of duty to share the sights and sounds of Donna the Buffalo performances for those who couldn't be there in person. This time, Mark shares with us full-length videos of the band's first 4 shows of 2013, all of which took place at the Green Parrot in Key West, FL: 1/2/13, 1/3/13, 1/4/13 (early show), and 1/4/13 (late show). All four videos are fantastic, but the late show 1/4/13 is truly over the top. "This show, even with what moderate editing out I did, weighs in at 3 1/2 hours and displays the entire band at its funkiest, happiest, loopiest, "It's the end of a long run so let's have some fun" best! Mark said. "Set list speaks for itself. It does not get any better than this." Mark has plenty of other DtB videos, including full-show videos of the gigs on 12/30/12 and 12/31/13 at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, FL, on his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/dababe44. Thanks so much, Mark! (posted 1/21/13)
Now Available For Download: 1/20/13 Saxapahaw, NCOn Sunday, 1/20/13, Donna the Buffalo capped off a three-show weekend with a gig the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC. This was the first time the band played this venue. Among other things, the show was notable for a pre-Martin Luther King day version of Mr. King, a new Jeb Puryear song, and a Jeb/Tara duet version of On Our Way On with Tara on drums as the encore. Thanks to taper Terry Killebrew, you can already download a recording of this show from the Live Music Archive at http://archive.org/details/donna2013-01-20. Thanks Terry! (posted 1/21/13)
DtB To Start Extensive Winter/Spring Tour
On Friday, 1/18/13, in Floyd, VA, Donna the Buffalo will kick off a schedule of shows that has them performing throughout the eastern U.S. more or less nonstop until mid-May. The band's Winter/Spring 2013 tour includes shows in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; the tour will stop in some of these states more than once. Festival highlights are the 2nd annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Fest outside Miami 2/21-2/24, Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak, FL 3/23-3/24, and Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest in Silk Hope, NC 4/18-4/21. For details, see the Tour page of the band's official site, www.donnathebuffalo.com. (posted 1/12/13)
Great Video From New Year's Eve: DtB + The Believers!
One of the many highlights of Donna the Buffalo's recent 3-night New Year's run of shows at Skipper's Smokehouse occurred near the end of the last night. On New Year's Eve, to top off a set full of surprises, DtB was joined by the Believers (Craig Aspen and Cyd Frazinni) for a long jam that was followed by a raucous cover of the Beatle's Helter Skelter. Fortunately, Mark "DaBabe" Roth was on hand and shares with us an 18-minute video of DtB rockin' Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, FL on 12/31/12. Mark says he'll soon be posting a video of this complete show, and others from the FL run, on his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/dababe44. Thanks so much, Mark! (posted 1/7/13)
Ring In 2013 With Donna The Buffalo In Florida!
Donna the Buffalo will finish off 2012 and start 2013 in their customary fashion: By giving fans in Florida a string of shows they'll never forget. The fun starts on Friday, 12/28 with a performance at Revolution in Fort Lauderdale. Then it's on to a three-night run at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa on Saturday 12/29, Sunday 12/30, and New Year's Eve, Monday 12/31. The Believers will open for DtB on 12/29 and New Year's Eve, while the Hindu Cowboys are on the bill for 12/30. Tickets for the New Year's Eve show will include party favors and a champagne toast and breakfast buffet at midnight. After a break on New Year's Day, the band's first three shows of 2013 will take place at the Green Parrot in Key West on Wednesday 1/2, Thursday 1/3, and Friday 1/4. The Florida New Year's tour will conclude with a show at the Plaza Live in Orlando on Saturday, 1/5. For tickets and more details, check out each venue's website. Happy New Year! (posted 12/27/12)
DtB's 12/21 "End of the World" Party & 12/22 Ithaca Show Will Be Webcast Live!Donna the Buffalo's annual run of holiday shows will begin on Thursday, 12/20, with a gig at The Blockley in Philadelphia, PA, followed by an End of the World party on Friday 12/21 at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY and a holiday show at the CSMA 3rd Floor Ballroom in Ithaca, NY (tix: 607.277.6214) on Saturday, 12/22. Sim Redmond Band will also be on the bill for the Rochester and Ithaca shows. Thanks to the Black Vest Bros. and Herd.tv, the End of the World Party from Water Street will be webcast live as it happens starting at approximately 9 pm eastern time on http://webcast.herd.tv. The following night's show in Ithaca wil be webcast as well. Thanks so much to all of those involved in these productions! (posted 12/16/12)
2013 Virginia Key GrassRoots Fest To Take Place In Miami Feb. 21 to 24!The 2nd Annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will take place 2/21 - 2/24, 2013 at the historic Virginia Key State Park in Miami, FL. This fest will feature more than 40 bands performing on 4 stages over 4 days. To kick this festival season off right, the GrassRoots organization is for the first time offering a special GrassRoots Dream Team membership that include 10 weekend passes for any of the GrassRoots fests (Virginia Key, Shakori Hills, or Finger Lakes), a lifetime all-access lanyard, and more, for $1,000. Dream Team membership is not only a good value for anyone who regularly attends GrassRoots--proceeds will be used to further the mission and outreach of the GrassRoots organization. For more information about Virginia Key GrassRoots or Dream Team membership, check out http://virginiakeygrassroots.com. (posted 12/8/12)
Dozens Of Great Photos From 11/3/12 San Francisco, CAOne of the many highlights of Donna the Buffalo's November tour of the western United States was a stop at Slim's in San Francisco, CA. Photographer David Durkee was at this show and has posted more than 50 outstanding photos of DtB performing on 11/3/12 in San Francisco, CA. David has also posted photos of David Gans opening for DtB at this show as well as a slew of other bands and other events on his site at http://www.daviddurkee.com. Thanks, David! Also check out Ziggy's videos of the band doing Conscious Evolution and Co Fa from this show at www.youtube.com/aziggy63.