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Donna the Buffalo News & Rumors

December 2007

Herd Appreciation Day Setlist
On 12/30 in Huntsville, AL, as part of Herd/Fan Appreciation Day, Donna the Buffalo treated 100 fans to dinner and then performed a set of songs selected by fans in an online vote. The setlist was as follows: Its a New Day, If You Only Could, Arrows Pointing Sideways, I Wish You Love, West Virginia Rastafari, Standing Room Only, The Waltz, Brother of Mine, Big Parade, Family Picture, Voice in My Head, Temporary Misery, Wood and Stone, Story of the Ages, Faith to Believe. Encore 1: There Must Be (Tara & Kathy only), Let Love Move Me. Encore 2: Sacred Ground (for Marta). Audio from this show was webcast on haveyouherdradio.com, as will tonight's New Year's Eve show starting at 10 pm CST. (posted 12/31/07)

New Photos: Jeb & Friends, 12/28/07 Owego, NY
Jeb Puryear enlisted the help of a few musical friends to celebrate the release of his solo CD Hopes and Dreams with a special gig at the Treadway Inn in Owego, NY. The setlist included several songs from the new CD, including the title track, The Place That Lovers Do, Need You More and More, and Christmas Time, as well as two tunes with Richie Stearns on banjo: Baghdad Children and Seems to Want to Hurt This Time. The band also featured Kathy Ziegler on keys, Tom Gilbert on drums, Sim Redmond on bass, and Hank Roberts on cello. Karen Landau was at this show, and shares with us nine photos of Jeb Puryear & Friends performing on 12/28/07 in Owego, NY. Karen also shot photos of a similar gig Jeb did in Ithaca on 12/23 that I hope to post soon. Thanks, Karen! (posted 12/31/07)

Jeb's 12/28 CD Release Party Show Will Be Webcast
Can't make it to tonight's Jeb Puryear show to celebrate the release of his solo CD, Hopes and Dreams, at the Owego Treadway Inn Conference Center in Owego, NY? Don't worry--thanks to the same group of tapers, fans, and techies who did last month's webcasts, you'll be able to check out this special gig over at http://webcast.haveyouherd.com. The webcast feed, which will include both audio and video, should start around 6:45 pm EST. Huge thanks to Doug B, Gene F, Gene Gene M, and Carol and Rand of Haveyouherd.com for pulling this together! (posted 12/28/07)

Both Huntsville Shows Will Be Webcast!
On Sunday, 12/30, and Monday, 12/31, Donna the Buffalo will perform at the Crossroads Cafe in Huntsville, AL. With the band's blessing and the hard work of a group of fans, audio from both of these shows will be webcast live over www.haveyouherdradio.com. Previously, only the New Year's Eve set was going to be webcast. The 12/30 show is Herd/Fan Appreciation Day, where the band will perform a set consisting entirely of songs fans voted for as their favorites (voting ended 12/20). Thanks in advance to all of the people who'll volunteer their time and energy so that those of us who can't make it to Huntsville will be able to enjoy these shows! (posted 12/27/07)

Kathy Ziegler To Leave The Band Next June?
In an article that appeared in The Ithaca Times on 12/19, Luke Z. Fenchel reported that Donna the Buffalo keyboardist Kathy Ziegler, who has been with the band since 2000, will move to the Netherlands in June 2008. In the article, which is available at www.zwire.com/site/printerFriendly.cfm?brd=1395&dept_id=216620&newsid=19129197, Kathy Z is quoted as saying she'll not be at "this year's" GrassRoots (presumably in Trumansburg, NY in July 2008) but will be at future GrassRoots. The article also says Kathy Z is currently recording a new solo CD titled Bring It Back. (posted 12/19/07)

DtB To Play A Mardi Gras Show With Keith Frank
In Geneva, NY

On Friday, 2/15/08, Donna the Buffalo will return to The Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY for the first time since Halloween 1997. The 8 pm show, which is a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina Relief, will also feature a very special appearance by Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band. Tickets cost $17 or $9 with student ID. They go onsale at noon on 1/4/08 and can be purchased online at www.thesmith.org. In keeping with the Mardi Gras theme, beads will be handed out at the door.
(posted 12/17/07)

Still Time To Vote For DtB's "Pre-NYE" Setlist!
As part of its planned Herd/Fan Appreciation Day, Donna the Buffalo is giving everyone a chance to vote for the songs they want to see the band perform on 12/30/07 at its "pre-New Year's Eve" show in Huntsville, AL. The votes have been pouring in, and you'd be surprised to see which songs are getting the most votes--and which ones aren't. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to vote for your favorites at www.donnafans.com/setlist.html. But don't wait--voting ends on Thursday, 12/20/07 at midnight. (updated 12/17/07)

Jeb's New Solo CD Now Available!
Donna the Buffalo guitarist Jeb Puryear's first solo CD, Hopes & Dreams, will be released on 12/14/07, but you can preorder it today from Funkyside.com. Among the CD's 10 songs: Need You More and More, Do It For Love, Life So Short and Sweet, and Universal Love. DtB drummer Tom Gilbert plays on three tracks, keyboardist Kathy Ziegler on two, and Tara Nevins (on drums and scrub) on one. Other muscians appearing on various songs include Sim Redmond, Uniit Carruyo, Hank Roberts, and Kevin Kinsella. The CD cost $15 and you can have it gift-wrapped and signed by Jeb for an extra $1. You can find more info about this release at www.funkyside.com/store/index.cfm/product/185/hopes-and-dreams.cfm?aff=83902. (posted 12/10/07)

New Review: 12/7/07 Teaneck, NJ
Being from NJ, I was thoroughly pleased when Donna the Buffalo first played at Mexicali Blues Cafe in Teaneck, NJ last Oct, and practically delighted now that it seems they'd made the venue a regular stop. So I might be a tad biased when it comes to reviewing shows there, but I think the recording will speak for itself: DtB's latest Mexicali show was one to write home about. It featured a very happy band digging deeper than usual into their repertoire to treat us to relatively rare songs like Sailing (last played 12/31/06) and Nashville Christmas (last played 12/15/06), a few tunes not played since August (It's A New Day, Each & Every Direction), and the first-ever performance of There Must Be as a piano-fiddle duet (Jeb joined in--on bass--about midway through). Check out my review of Donna the Buffalo playing in Teaneck, NJ on 12/7/07, and find out why December is always a particularly good time to see this band. (posted 12/8/07)

Kathy Ziegler To Play In Ithaca On 12/9/07
On Sunday, 12/9/07, Donna the Buffalo keyboardist Kathy Ziegler will perform at Felicia's Atomic Lounge, 508 West State St., Ithaca, NY. Kathy will be opening for Mary Lorson; Felicia's web site lists a 7 pm start time for this free show. Kathy frequently plays with Lorson and Billy Cote as The Piano Creeps, who have a CD on the way called The Big Green Nothing. (posted 12/7/07)

Release Party For Jeb's Solo CD
To Take Place 12/28 In Oswego

This year's Winter Dance will also serve as the release party for Jeb Puryear's solo CD Hopes & Dreams. The show, which is not a Donna the Buffalo performance, will take place at 7 pm on Friday, 12/28/07 at the Owego Treadway Inn Conference Center in Owego, NY. It is a benefit to raise funds for the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club and will also feature Sim Redmond Band, Morgan String Band, and The Second Class Citizens. For tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door) call 607-687-4500. (updated 12/9/07)

Just Added: Photos From 12/1/07 Millvale, PA
Since 2004, Mr. Small's Theater in Millvale, PA (just outside of Pittsburgh) has been an annual stop for Donna the Buffalo. The band returned to this venue on Saturday, 12/1/07, still riding high off the energy of the previous night's show in Buffalo, NY, which was webcast live via haveyouherd.com. Highlights included Jamestown Christmas, WV Rastafari, Visitor (last played 5/3/07 in Cleveland), and a Hot Tamale encore that featured Dave McCracken, who has been manning the soundboard at recent gigs, joining Kathy Z on keys. A recording of this show should be in circulation soon, as will a copy of the Buffalo show. In the meantime, Karen Landau was at both of these shows, and shares with us 12 photos of Dtb playing in Millvale, PA on 12/1/07. Thanks, Karen! (posted 12/4/07)

Webcast of DtB's 11/30 Buffalo Show
Available on haveyouherd.com

Thanks to an extremely kind and generous group of tapers and tech-heads, on Friday, 11/30, Donna the Buffalo's performance at the Town Hall Ballroom in Buffalo, NY was webcast live. Dozens of fans hung out in the chat room on Rand and Carol's www.haveyouherd.com as they watched the concert. For your viewing and listening pleasure, an archived copy of this webcast is available at http://webcast.haveyouherd.com. Highlights of the show include a smokin' Me & Depression, River of Gold (by request), and Let Love Move Me as the encore. Thank you so much to everyone who made this webcast possible. (posted 12/2/07)

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