February 2009

New Dates Added To Spring Tour

Suwanne Springfest

Donna the Buffalo has recently added some shows to its upcoming spring tour. The fun starts on 3/25 with a show at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville, TN, a stop while the band is on its way to its annual appearance at the Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak, FL, which will take place 3/26 through 3/29. The following weekend will feature peformances at the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY on Friday, 4/3 and at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday, 4/4. Later in April, DtB will play the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Silk Hope, NC on 4/16 through 4/19 and at Merlefest in N. Wilkesboro, NC on 4/25. For the complete schedule, check the tour dates page of the band's official site, (posted 2/28/09)

Free Soundboards Of The Philly & NYC Shows Available On LMA

Soundboard recordings of Donna the Buffalo's recent shows in Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY are available for free download from the Live Music Archive. The Friday, 2/6/09, Philly show is available at and the Saturday, 2/7/09, New York show is at Both were recorded by Gary "Madtaper" Pudvan and are notable in that they feature guest appearances by the Believers (Crag Aspen and Cyd Frazzini), who joined DtB for covers of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues in Philly and Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side in NY, plus several other songs. Read my review of the 2/7/09 NY show for a description of this night. I am still looking to post photos from either of these shows, so if you've got any, send them to Per Gary's recording, the new Jeb tune performed as the encore in NY that I listed as It's So Beautiful is more likely called Magic of Love. Thanks for the recordings, Gary! (posted 2/22/09)

New Photos: 1/24/09 Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN 1/24/09

On Saturday, 1/24/09, Donna the Buffalo performed the second of two consecutive gigs at a brand-new venue, the Loveless Barn in Nashville, TN. While the first night had been a public gig (see photos), this show was a private party that a few fortunate Herd were able to attend. John Yust was among the lucky ones, and shares with us 12 photos of DtB playing in Nashville, TN on 1/24/09. As he'd done the previous nice, Craig Aspen of the Believers filled in for Jay Sanders on bass. Jim Lauderdale also sat in. On the first night, he joined DtB for just one song, Halfway Down, but at this party he performed a trio of songs with the band: Wait Till Spring, Halfway Down, and The King of Broken Hearts. For their duet portion of the encore Jeb and Tara played There Must Be, and then the full band did Hey Trudy. Thanks for the photos, John! (posted 2/15/09)

New Review: 2/7/09 New York, NY

On Saturday, 2/7/09, at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY, Donna the Buffalo performed for the first time a cover of Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side. At Jeb's encouragement, the crowd turned it into a massive singalong. The band was joined for this song by the Believers—Craig Aspen and Cyd Frazzini—who also were onstage for Temporary Misery, Silverlined, Higher Ground (a Believers song), and Broken Record. For a longer description of this evening, check out my review of DtB playing on 2/7/09 in New York, NY. I did not take any photos of this show, so if you've got some, send 'em my way: fans A soundboard recording of this show exists and most likely will be in circulation soon. (posted 2/12/09)

Just Added: Photos From 1/23/09 Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN 1/23/09

Donna the Buffalo wrapped up a very busy January with a pair of performances that marked the grand opening of The Loveless Barn, a new venue in Nashville, TN. The band played a public show at the Loveless on Friday, 1/23, and a private party there on Saturday, 1/24. For these two gigs, the Believers' Craig Apsen (in the center of this photo) filled in on bass for Jay Sanders. John Yust was on hand for both nights and kindly provides us with 12 photos of DtB playing on 1/23/09 in Nashville, TN. This show featured Funky Side, Silverlined, Blue Sky, Seems to Want to Hurt This Time, Conscious Evolution and No Place Like the Right Time. For the four-song encore, first Jeb and Tara did In Another World as a duet, then the band came back out for Revolution. After Jim Lauderdale came onstage for a version of Halfway Down (a song Jim wrote that was made famous by Patty Loveless) the night ended with Hey Trudy. Once again, thanks for the photos, John! (posted 2/7/09)

Photos From DtB's Inauguration Bash

Falls Church, VA 1/20/09

Donna the Buffalo has played in Falls Church, VA—a town just 9 miles outside of Washington, DC—many times before, but their recent visit was the most historic occasion: the inauguration of the United States' first African-American president. The band pulled out all the stops for this celebration, starting the show with It's A New Day and continuing the theme throughout the evening. "I just want to say for the record, I've always loved my country, I am more proud of my country right now," Jeb said between songs. The musical highlights included a new introduction for Do My Thing, the Believers coming out for a pair of songs, including a cover of Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues, a new Jeb tune (working title: It's So Beautiful), and Jeb and Tara doing Mr. King as a duet for the encore (left). Linda Dicus generously share with with 12 photos of DtB performing on this historic evening. Originally, I had credited these photos to John Yust; sorry about that, Linda, and thanks for use of your photos! (updated 2/12/09)

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)

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