January 2009

Photos & Review Of 1/22/09 Lexington, KY

Lexington, KY 1/22/09

Less than a week before a massive ice storm struck Kentucky, Donna the Buffalo visited Lexington for a show at the Kentucky Theatre. DtB bassist Jay Sanders was not with the band for this show; in his place was Craig Aspen, a member of the Believers, the band that opened for DtB at several of the shows during the band's November 2008 tour of the Western U.S. First-time Matt Preston was at the Lexington show, and shares with us both a review of this show and 12 photos of DtB playing on 1/22/09 in Lexington, KY. The set consisted of a mix of old favorites like Conscious Evolution and Family Picture mixed with the most popular tunes from Silverlined, including the title track, Biggie K, Temporary Misery, Broken Record, and Garden of Eden. "The show closed on a perfect note with a Tara and Jeb duet of In Another World, into Revolution and closing with Hot Tamale," Matt said. "What a wonderful way to set the hook for the good amount of newbies in the crowd--socially conscious lyrics slowly eased into classic DtB zydeco--beautiful!" Thanks so much for the photos and your review, Matt! (posted 1/31/09)

Jeb Puryear Interview On

On 1/21,, an online magazine that covers the music scene in the Greater Cincinnati (OH) area, published a well-done interview with Jeb Puryear. In the interview, which was conducted by Editor/Photographer Scott Preston, Jeb talks about how the band's musical chemistry has endured, the writing/recording process, and how he passes time between gigs. The interview page also features photos of DtB's show on 9/4/05 at Hookahville in Pataskala, OH, DtB's Silverlined promo and Locket & Key videos, and a list of tour dates. (posted 1/28/09)

New Photos: 1/17/09 Jacksonville Beach, FL

Jacksonville Beach, FL 1/17/09

According to, Donna the Buffalo first played the Freebird Cafe in Jacksonville Beach, FL on 12/30/00, and has played there a dozen times all told. The band's most recent visit took place on 1/17/09 on the next-to-last night of five consecutive shows in Florida. Phil Ross was at this gig, and kindly provides us with 12 photos of DtB peforming on 1/17/09 in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Other than these wonderful photos, Phil didn't provide many details from this show, other than to say "Life's a ride when you're a railrat." Florida fans won't have to wait very long for the band to return—DtB will be back 3/26 - 3/29 for Suwannee Springfest at Live Oak, FL. Thanks again for use of your photos, Phil! (posted 1/27/09)

Photos From Delray Beach, FL 1/16/09

Delray Beach, FL 1/16/09

Photos continue to stream in from shows on Donna the Buffalo's mini-tour of Florida in mid-January. Here longtime contributor Phil Ross, who attended four of the five shows, shares with us 12 photos of DtB playing at City Limits in Delray Beach, FL on 1/16/09. Phil got quite a few great shots, the best of which is probably this one of Tara (right). Although a setlist from this show has yet to surface, Kim Shockley reports that the band performed Visitor, River of Gold, and Let Love Move Me. "Love was in the air, you could feel it, share it and move it all around," Kim wrote. "It was a very emotional, love-filled night." Thanks for the photos, Phil! (posted 1/24/09)

Just Added: Photos From 1/18/09 Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL 1/18/09

The last of Donna the Buffalo's recent run of five shows in Florida took place at a venue the band books almost every time they play this state: Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Many in the Florida Herd made several or all of these five shows, and gave the band a rousing send-off before they headed North for the Inaugural Party in Virginia. DtB responded in kind, laying down a set that began with It's A New Day and went on to include America, Spinning World, Do My Thing, Come To Life, and Mr. King, which Jeb and Tara did as a duet. Robert Christmer was on hand and generously provides us with 12 photos of DtB performing in Tampa, FL on 1/18/09. Rumors has it that this show was both audiotaped and videotaped. Thanks again, Robert! (posted 1/22/09)

Orlando Show Is Available For Download

Thanks to Tim Wright, you can already get you hands on a recording of Donna the Buffalo's shows on 1/14/08 at the Social in Orlando, FL. Tim's recording is downloadable as FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 from the Live Music Archive at Thanks, Tim! (posted 1/22/09)

New Photos: 1/14/09 Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL 1/14/09

At The Social in Orlando, FL, in its first Florida show since MagFest last October, Donna the Buffalo unleashed a performance filled with songs from deep within its songbook—including Our Way On (done by Jeb alone), West Virginia Rastafari, and Universal Love—as well as a selection of its most popular tunes, including Positive Friction and Family Picture. Robert Christmer, who is responsible for the excellent Internet radio station Have You Herd Radio, was at this show and shares with us 12 photos of DtB playing on 1/14/09 in Orlando, FL. "It was 'no flashes allowed,' so I ended up with a bunch of 'motion' shots," Robert said. "A few came out good, and I did sneek in a few flash shots closer to the end in case they booted me." Robert also used new photo editing software to create a beautiful image of Tara from one of his shots. Thanks so much, Robert! (posted 1/17/09)

DtB Kicks Off FL Tour, Will Play In VA On Inauguration Day

On Wednesday, 1/14/09, Donna the Buffalo performed at the Social in Orlando, FL. This set included some real gems, including On Our Way On, West Virginia Rastafari (by request), Me and Depression, Universal Love, and Life's A Ride as the closer. This show was the first of five consecutive nights in the Sunshine State. Tonight (Thursday, 1/15), DtB will perform at The Engine Room in Tallahassee, and then in Delray Beach (1/16), Jacksonville Beach (1/17), and Tampa (1/18). On Tuesday, 1/20, on their way back up north, the band will perform an Inauguration Party at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA. (posted 1/15/09)

Photos Flashback: 7/26/03 Lowell, MA

Asheville, NC 12/31/08

In July 2003, one week after the band's annual Trumansburg, NY GrassRoots Festival, Donna the Buffalo headed over to Lowell, MA for a two-day stint at the Lowell Folk Festival. This was a city festival, with stages set up throughout downtown Lowell. The band performed three times in two days: once on Friday night, 7/25, an afternoon set on Saturday, 7/26, and an evening set on 7/26 during which Keith Frank sat in for a few songs. Thanks to John Flynn, you can check out four photos of DtB playing in Lowell, MA on Saturday afternoon, 7/26. This set took place in JFK Plaza under unbearably hot conditions, with temps in the mid '90s and high humidity, but the band delivered nonetheless, playing In This Life, Blue Sky, These Are Better Days, Life's A Ride, 40 Days & 40 Nights, Part Time Lover, Tides Of Time, Mississippi, Movin' On, Rock Of Ages, and a killer Voice In My Head. John's photos were shot in stereo to deliver a 3D effect; if you train your eyes to see both images in each pair of photos in composition, you'll see what he intended. Thanks for the photos, John! (posted 1/11/09)

First Photos From New Year's Eve

Asheville, NC 12/31/08

Donna the Buffalo ended a very busy 2008 with a two-night New Year's run at one of the band's favorite venues, the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. John Yust was at both shows, and shares with us a dozen photos of Donna the Buffalo performing on 12/31/08 in Asheville, NC. After playing a dozen energetic tunes, the band rang in the new year in what has become its traditional way: By having Greg Hurtt join them to sing Auld Lang Syne. The Believers--Craig Aspen and Cyd Frazzini--also sat in for this song and Higher Ground, which was part of the encore. To top it all off, the band debuted two new songs: one from Jeb Puryear (which might be called Magic of Love) and one Tara song (which might be called I'll Be Gone). Thanks so much for the photos, John! (posted 1/8/09)

New Year, New Look For rang in the new year with a fresh coat of paint. The redesign is based on a template created by Andreas Viklund. Content-wise, I've written a brief overview of the history of Donna the Buffalo from 2002-2008, which I grouped with the two excellent exisiting articles by Rob "Gumby" Hillard to create a new DtB History section. I also updated the Band Bios, Music, and About sections. Let me know what you think: (posted 1/8/09)

Download The Asheville Shows

Recordings of Donna the Buffalo's two New Year's shows at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC are already available from the Live Music Archive. You can grab the 12/30/08 show from and the New Year's Eve show from . Thanks to Jagraham at Roanoke for taping these shows and getting them posted so quickly! (posted 1/4/09)

New Year's Eve Show Will Be Webcast!

Audio from Donna the Buffalo's New Year's Eve performance tonight at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC will be webcast live at, where you'll also find a chatroom to hang out in during the show. Last night's show at the same venue also was webcast. The set included America, Let Love Move Me, Living in the Promiseland, and Jeb and Tara only doing Mystic Water as a duet to lead off a three-song encore. Many thanks to Chris, Rand, Carol, and the rest of the crew who make these webcasts possible! (posted 12/31/08)

Just Added: Photos From 12/13/08 Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY 12/13/08

Before taking a short break in preparation for the New Year's extravaganza (see below), Donna the Buffalo returned to Buffalo, NY for a show at Town Hall, a venue they've played once each year since 2005. This show was the last of a special four-night run with longtime DtB drummer Tom Gilbert back on the skins (Vic Stafford has been the band's drummer more or less since October), and the band played with particular enthusiasm. The show started with Hit the Groove and also included Voice in My Head, Killing a Man, Jamestown Christmas, a set-closing Forty Days and Forty Nights, and an atypical encore: Funkyside followed by Hollywood Dream. Karen Landau was at this show and provides us with 11 photos of Donna the Buffalo playing on 12/13/08 in Buffalo, NY. "Tara was smokin' on fiddle and vocals, Jeb was in the Jeb Zone, Tom was on the drums showing us why he should not be gone, Jay was fleet fingering the bass, and David was Cracken on the keys," wrote David Grace. "Very good stuff." Thanks for the photos, Karen! (posted 12/27/08)

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