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The Believers sing “Higher Ground” at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on 28 Jan. 2010. Joined by Tara Nevins, Dave McCracken, Jay Sanders and Vic Stafford of Donna the Buffalo.

www.myspace.com/thebelieversmusic

Video by Chuck Allen

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Here’s a performance of Donna the Buffalo’s “Movin’ On” shot at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. It was filmed on January 28, 2010 for Mountain Xpress. The video was shot and edited entirely by Jesse Ham. Enjoy!

The Mountain Xpress Reports on DtB

www.mountainx.com

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By Stratton Lawrence, Special to The Post and Courier
Thursday, January 28, 2010

After 20 years performing together as co-leaders of Donna the Buffalo, Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins’ onstage banter often could be mistaken for the playful chiding one might hear between a married couple, long after the honeymoon phase is over.

The musical pair has no romantic past, but the band’s honeymoon rolls on year after year. “Silverlined,” released in 2008, garnered the Americana/zydeco/roots band playtime on the GAC cable channel for the music video “Locket and Key.”

In 2009, Nevins added to the Upstate New York band’s famously faithful fanbase (“The Herd”) by touring with BK3, the side project of the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann, on backing vocals and fiddle. They’ve recently toured with Little Feat, and 2010’s schedule includes dates with Hot Tuna and Railroad Earth and stops at popular festivals such as MerleFest, Suwannee Springfest, and LEAF.

“We’ve been lucky to have an audience that likes what we do,” says Puryear.

The band supports taping and sharing of their live show recordings, and The Herd comes out en masse to Donna the Buffalo’s own homegrown festivals, Shakori Hills in North Carolina and Grassroots in New York. And these days, almost no one ever mistakenly addresses Tara as ‘Donna.’ “Less and less, thank god,” she laughs.

But after two decades on the road, how well do Puryear and Nevins really know each other? Preview put them to the test with a classic Newlyweds-style round of cross-questioning.

Q: What song has Jeb/Tara always wanted to secretly cover?

Tara: Geez, I don’t know.

Jeb: “Take It Easy” by the Eagles.

Score: Jeb 1, Tara 0 (Jeb picked “Everyday People” by Sly & the Family Stone).

Q: What is Jeb/Tara’s biggest guilty pleasure on the road?

Tara: Drinks.

Jeb: She likes to have her cocktails.

Score: Jeb 2, Tara 1.

Q: Does Jeb/Tara have any insecurities on stage?

Tara: “He wants the groove to be the right groove.”

Jeb: “Before the music gets rolling, she’s always a little uptight. Then it smoothes out and it’s all great.”

Score: Jeb 3, Tara 2

Q: If Jeb/Tara could only play one festival next year, which would it be?

Tara: Grassroots.

Jeb: MerleFest.

Score: Jeb 3, Tara 3 (Tara would play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival).

Q: What band would Jeb/Tara’s dream co-bill?

Tara: The Beatles.

Jeb: Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Score: Jeb 3, Tara 4 (Tara would tour with Sheryl Crow).

Q: What is Jeb/Tara’s favorite state other than New York?

Tara: Tennessee and North Carolina.

Jeb: Alabama.

Score: Jeb 3, Tara 5 (Tara chose North Carolina and nailed Jeb’s two-state answer).

Q: Has Jeb/Tara ever turned down a song that you brought to the band?

Tara: No.

Jeb: Yes, but no one else liked that song either.

Score: Jeb 4, Tara 6 (Although Jeb did ask for a lyric update: “I wanted her to change a lyric on ‘I Don’t Need a Riddle.’ She sang, ‘I don’t understand,’ and there’s not many things she doesn’t understand very clearly, so it didn’t ring true. She changed it to, ‘I don’t want to understand,’ and then I felt all right playing it.”)

Q: What song is Jeb/Tara most excited to play on this tour?

Tara: “Ding, Dang, Dong.” I think that’s what he’s calling it.

Jeb: “Family Picture.”

Score: Jeb 5, Tara 6 (“She plays that song every night,” says Jeb of ‘Family Picture.’ He chose “Conscious Evolution” as his song of choice.)

The pair knows each other pretty well, it turns out. The stop on Sunday at the Music Farm at 32 Ann St. is the band’s first visit to town since 2008 (Jeb says he’s excited for “the dirt, the air and the people.”). So if you haven’t “Herd of ’em,” here’s your chance to get to know Donna as well as the duo knows each other.

If you go

Who: Donna the Buffalo with The Believers.

When: Sunday 7 p.m.

Where: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St., downtown.

Cost: $15 in advance at www.etix.com, all Cat’s Music and Monster Music locations; $18 the day of the show.

Hear the Music: www.donnathebuffalo.com.

Info: 577-6989, www.musicfarm.com.

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Blog Asheville posts from Dreamspider Publicity’s press release: DtB has Asheville ties!

Thank you Blog Asheville for posting~

http://blogasheville.blogspot.com/2010/01/donna-buffalo-asheville-connections.html

Donna the Buffalo bring their trademark hybrid of folk, reggae, Cajun, zydeco, rock and country to The Orange Peel on Thursday, January 28th, 2010.

Just so you know, the rhythm section of the band has strong ties to Asheville.

Bass Player, Jay Sanders, has lived here for 12 years and has played music throughout these times. He started off as a bass player with Snake Oil Medicine show when they first moved into the WNCScene and played with CX1 for a brief period as well. Jay also plays with Acoustic Syndicate and a Jazz Group called the E.Normus trio. Look for some collaborative projects from him starting late February, Tuesday nights at the Rocket Club .

Dave McCracken, the keyboard player, has family ties for generations in Asheville. His father, James, was born a raised here playing music at the Grove Park during his late teens before moving on to Greensboro where he opened a music store. Dave’s grandfather, Cicero Jr. was born in 1911 in town and his great grandfather, Cicero, was a country doctor that rode through Fairview on horseback to treat patients at home. Dave was born in Greensboro to the music scene there and continues to stop through Asheville with many collaborative projects with Hobex, Cyril Lance, Folkswaggin, and Cosmic Charlie. He also was an engineer at Moog in Asheville building analog synthesisers for a little over a year.

Vic Stafford, the drummer, was born and raised in Asheville, having even gone to the Biltmore School before it shut down. He has collaborated on projects with Stephanie’s ID, the Goodies, and Kat Williams. Steven Heller from Upstream Productions is one of Vic’s mentors and co-collaborators. He has also frequently does work with both Collapseable Studios and Echo Mountain.

Between the three southern men, they reinterpret the older songs of Donna the Buffalo into a new repertoire that sounds lively and fresh, along with adding insight to new music that is written.

Donna The Buffalo

The Orange Peel
Thursday January 28, 2010
18+
doors 8pm, show 9pm
$18.00/ $20.00
(828) 225-5851
101 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
www.theorangepeel.net
www.donnathebuffalo.com

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by Dane Smith in Vol. 16 / Iss. 27 on 01/27/2010

Asheville, NC     Mountain Xpress

http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2010/012710broadcasting_a_feeling_of_musical_unity

Doing what they love: The members of Donna the Buffalo connect with fans. Photo by John Darwin Kurc.

Everyone has heard the expression “busy as a bee.” But how about “busy as a buffalo?”

Donna the Buffalo, that is.

For more than 20 years, Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have been among the hardest working musicians in the industry, touring relentlessly with their jammy blend of rock, bluegrass, Cajun, old-time, reggae and roots, releasing nine albums under the Donna the Buffalo namesake, starting their own roots music festival – which is preparing to celebrate its 20th year—and releasing a solo album each. Nevins even spent the past summer touring with former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s BK3 and has another solo record in the works.

How do they stay sane?

“Well, one, you assume that we’ve achieved that,” says Puryear with a hearty laugh. “We’re not sane at all. But we’ve gotten pretty good at balancing it, keeping it together, as far as our home life and stuff. It’s really a good group and nice musical chemistry, so it’s still exciting, you know. It’s really the excitement that keeps it happening.”

But Nevins admits to having difficulty maintaining a normal home life and “sacrificing domesticity” on occasion. Her loft, she says, is “completely insane” with “suitcases and everything thrown in a heap” on the floor.

“You go out and find some food to eat, catch up with a few people around your home that you’ve been missing, try to get sleep, pay bills to keep your electricity on, and also work on the new record, all in time to go out on the road 48 hours later,” she says. “It is really hard to find time. Vacuuming, organizing, dusting, all that sort of stuff falls to the wayside.

Though it can be overwhelming, Nevins is quick to point out that connecting with fans and seeing them respond to the music is the big reward. “You wouldn’t be able to sustain this lifestyle if it wasn’t for that,” she says. “Playing onstage and playing for our fans and having a great show is a very small portion of the time that we’re actually on tour. But it makes it all worth it, so that says a lot.”

And there is no mistaking the enthusiasm of Donna the Buffalo’s fans, affectionately referred to as “The Herd.” A traveling social network in the vein of Deadheads, the Herd has grown into an entity of its own, following the band across the country, joining them on a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and even forming their own nonprofit, Side to Side Charities, which uses Donna the Buffalo shows to raise money for food banks, women’s shelters and a variety of other social assistance programs.

Asheville has plenty of Herd members, perhaps in part because of the band’s longtime local connections. Bassist Jay Sanders (formerly of Snake Oil Medicine Show, also of Acoustic Syndicate) calls Asheville home. Dave McCracken, the keyboard player, has family ties to the area. And drummer Vic Stafford is an Asheville native who’s collaborated on projects with stephaniesid, the Goodies and Kat Williams; works frequently with Collapseable Studios and Echo Mountain Studios, and calls local producer Steven Heller (Upstream Productions) a mentor and co-collaborator.

If you prefer to enjoy Donna the Buffalo from the comfort of your own home though, that’s fine too, says Puryear.
“You don’t have to do anything to be in the Herd,” he points out. “Except just say that you are. You might not even have to do that. It’s not like a club you have to join or be in or out. You just have to enjoy the music.

Then, once again releasing his booming chuckle, “I don’t even know if you have to enjoy the music.”

But it’s easy for Puryear to be self-deprecating with such a devoted following. As the music industry has struggled to adapt to the changing landscape of the digital age, Donna the Buffalo has managed not only to stay afloat, but to become a veritable musical institution.

In July, the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, which the band founded in their hometown of Trumansburg, N.Y., will celebrate two decades of “really high energy, positive, human experiences.” They’ve even expanded the idea to include the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, a twice-yearly event staged in Silk Hope, N.C.. It’s an opportunity for the band to “broadcast this feeling of musical unity that we always have felt,” says Puryear, who describes Donna the Buffalo as “a band of festival goers.”

“It’s very, very cool to have these social scenes,” he says. “It’s part of the better potential of what we can be up to. If you had to look at the whole band experience and the music experience that we really are in love with, that’s pretty much it. It’s this really cool feeling to be exciting the better nature of what could be.”

It might seem that two decades playing with the same band could get stale, but both Puryear and Nevins are quick to debunk that theory. Partly because of their ever-changing lineup and involvement with projects like the Finger Lakes Festival, but mainly, says Nevins, because they love what they do.

“Wow, 21 years. That is a long time,” she begins, as though it were just sinking in. “The bottom line is that we’ve never second guessed that this is what we wanna do. We just love doing it so much. I’ve been playing music for so long, sometimes I wonder what I would do if I didn’t travel around and do this.”

Puryear shares a similar sentiment, when asked whether he would have expected to be playing so long.

“Yeah,” he says without hesitation. “I was never thinking I was going to get a job with IBM or anything. This is what I was meant to do, really. Fortunately, I discovered that fact early on in my life. I love it. So to keep doing it is totally natural.”

Dane Smith can be reached at rocknrolldane@gmail.com.

who: Donna the Buffalo
what: Original American dance music
where: The Orange Peel
when: Thursday, Jan. 28 (9 p.m. $18/$20. http://www.theorangepeel.net)

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by Michael Flynn • published January 22, 2010 12:15 am

Asheville Citizen Times Take Five

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100122/ENT/301220004/1033/ent

Formed more than two decades ago in upstate New York, Donna the Buffalo has always felt at home in Western North Carolina. “We have many, many ties to Asheville on different layers,” vocalist and fiddle player Tara Nevins said. “It’s like a sister city.”

Led by Nevins and fellow vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Jeb Puryear, the band’s uptempo blend of rootsy folk and traditional mountain music has built a widespread following in this region.

Nevins’ and Puryear’s string band background has led to many Asheville connections over the years, and the current rhythm section also has strong ties to the city. Drummer Vic Stafford is a native, bassist Jay Sanders has lived in town for 12 years, and keyboard player Dave McCracken once built synthesizers at Moog Music.

The group, which recorded much of its most recent release, “Silverlined,” at Echo Mountain Studios, returns to Asheville on Thursday for a gig at The Orange Peel.

photo by John Darwin Kurc

Nevins spoke to take5 while driving with the band to New Hampshire for a show alongside Little Feat.

Question:

How have recent lineup shifts affected the band’s music?

Answer:

It’s made a really great new rhythm section. Our grooves have gotten tighter, and our jams more exciting. It’s an awesome foundation to play and sing on top of. Right now, we’re pretty much in the pocket from the start rather than five or six songs in. They’re awesome players and great guys.

Q:

How do you characterize the band’s multifaceted sound?

A:

It’s really hard to describe. It’s very roots-oriented Americana or original danceable folk rock with ties to different traditional music, such as old-time fiddle music, zydeco and country. I grew up listening to pop music, so it’s also pop infused with tradition.

Q:

After all these years, you’re also playing duo shows with Jeb. How’s that going?

A:

It’s been great. We usually do them in small settings, so the fans, or “The Herd,” love them because they’re intimate. It’s a challenge — you have to be on your toes. It’s kind of cool to hear (the songs) pared down. It’s a nice musical challenge.

Q:

What can folks expect at the Thursday show?

A:

We’ll do our usual — we never make a set list. We’ll play some from “Silverlined,” some new things and some old favorites. Who knows — we might have a guest star show up.

Q:

What’s your reaction to the 20-year success of New York’s GrassRoots festival?

A:

It seemed like a cool thing to do when we started it. But you don’t know where it’s going to go. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years and how far it’s come. It just grows a little bit every year. We’re just the host band. It’s held up by hundreds of volunteers.

Q:

DTB is always on the move. What’s on tap for 2010?

A:

We hope to be doing more with Little Feat. We’ll also be touring with some other folks that we can’t mention yet. We’ll be traveling out West, working on new material, going to lots of regular festivals and some new ones. It’s a really full schedule.

Q:

In your latest CD, what was the cloud that turned out to be “Silverlined”?

A:

There was a lot of change happening.

As hard as change can be, there can be a silver lining to it. In the course of 20 years, we’ve run into a lot of silver linings.

Flynn writes about entertainment for take5. E-mail mickfly@bellsouth.net.

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