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Two Fun Days In Tennesse
In mid-September, Donna the Buffalo returned to Bristol, TN for the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a festival they played in 2004 and 2005. As was the case with the 9/14/07 gig in Greensboro, NC, Sim Redmond filled in on bass for these performances. A reliable source says mostly likely Sim and Jay Sanders will split bass duties for the rest of the year's shows. John Yust, Cassady Yust and Linda Dicus all took turns with the camera, and generously provide us with 13 photos of DtB playing on 9/15/07 and 9/16/07 in Bristol, TN. Their shots include several nice ones of Sim, who also sang backup vocals for a few tunes. The band opened the Sunday afternoon set with In This Life, which they hadn't played since Spring Shakori back in April. Thanks for the photos, Purples!
Greensboro, NC 9/14/07
Last Friday night, Donna the Buffalo ventured down to the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC, almost two years to the day that they lasted played this venue. Sim Redmond was on bass, and Dave McCracken sat in on organ for two songs: Temporary Misery, which came in the middle of the set, and Way Back When, which ended it (uncharacteristically, there was no encore). McCracken also performed with Cyril Lance, who opened. Terry Killebrew kindly shares with us 12 photos of DtB performing on 9/14/07 in Greensboro, NC. The band was in good spirits and their one hour, 45-minute set was well-received. "I'm really looking forward to Shakori Hills now!" he wrote. Thanks for the contribution, Terry!
Photos From Rhythm & Roots Fest, Charleston, RI
One of my favorite DonnaFans, Bill Nichols, headed up to New England during the first weekend of September and came back with 6 photos of Donna the Buffalo playing at the Rhythm & Roots Fest in Charleston, RI on 9/1/07, where the band did a relatively short but energetic set with Sim Redmond of Sim Redmond Band on bass. "This festival has a real schedule that they keep to," Bill said. "I think that Donna came on a few minutes late and were kind of pushed off stage. Another funny thing about this venue was a "no standing in front of the stage" rule, which the Donna fans ignored. During the second or third song, about six security types came into the area between the stage and barricade and started yelling "Get back!" "Sit down!" We ignored them and they went away. When the announcer came on after the set ended, the crowd was booing him and screaming for more Donna, but it wasnt going to happen." Thanks for the photos and report, Bill!
Just Added: Photos From 8/18/07, Banner Elk, NC
Donna the Buffalo's performance at the Eagles Nest in Banner Elk, NC on 8/18/07 was unique in several aspects. First off, the band played without a bass guitarist. Instead, DtB friend Dave McCracken joined in as a second keyboardist for the entire set, playing the bass lines on keys rather than on guitar. Second, this gig may well have been the first time the band ever performed at an auto race. Their set was headlining the Rock-n-Road Hill Climb, a sanctioned Sports Car Club of America race in which racers competed against the clock to complete an uphill course in various types of cars, ranging from home built "specials", formula-type cars, V8 "Ground-Pounders, to street-based, race modified cars. And while the band has performed in many a beautiful venue before, the setting high in the North Carolina mountains has got to be near the top of the list. Ever-intrepid DonnaFans.com contributor made the hike, and kindly shares with us 12 photos of DtB playing in Banner Elk, NC on 8/18/07. Thanks, Terry!
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