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“A tour de force from start to finish” – Kay Cordtz, Elmore

“With the wonderful fiddle groove and vividly written lyrics, Nevins gives a glimpse into her roots. Stepping out for a rare solo record (beyond her beloved band, Donna the Buffalo), she meshes her Cajun influences, unique voice, drums and steel guitars for an intriguing look at her heritage.” – CMT

“Wood And Stone adds another powerful and engaging chapter to Nevins’ musical achievements”. – Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar

“a wide-ranging affair encompassing all manner of rootsy Americana, spiced with Nevins’s voice and multi-instrumentalist skills, served up in a package that is polished but never slick. Nevins, in other words, is the real deal.” – David Maine, Pop Matters

“If heroes and heroines of rock ‘n’ roll are defined by their uniqueness, they definitely broke the mold when they made Tara Nevins.” – Wildman Steve, The Corner News

“Larry has taken Tara’s music to an entirely higher level, if this doesn’t turn into an award winner they’ll have been cheated!” – Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association

“It’s a smart move…” – Andy Gill, UK Independent

“The centerpiece of the album, in my opinion, is the sweeping “The Wrong Side,” which features Allison Moorer and Teresa Williams. It’s a track sounds like it was from the O’Brother Where Art Thou? sessions, but the same could be said of the haunting “Stars Fell On Alabama,” where once again Nevins shows her prowess on the fiddle. This is an exceptional piece of music, one that I think needs to be heard—to prove that people are still cutting “Country Music” these days!” – Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

“Tara channels swampy accordion and mountain fiddles through a set of songs about heartaches and a longing for the sanctity of family values and a simple home life. The chemistry between Nevins and Campbell cooks up a powerfully convincing sound through tracks like Down South Blues, The Wrong Side and You’re Still Driving That Truck as the duo’s varied strings entwine. But the star turn is the brooding Tennessee River with its big, fat, shimmering guitars and broken heart laid bare. Terrific.” – Properganda

“Songs such as the fiddle-infused title cut, a touching tribute to home and family, and ‘You’re Still Driving That Truck’ are country rockers. ‘Snowbird’ is a string ballad about unrequited love, while “Nothing Really” is an instrumental bluegrass dust-up. ‘Tennessee River,’ a dark and gripping song about love’s place in ones’ life, features Campbell’s harrowing, electric guitar wails. The record closes with a cathartic, beautiful cover of Van Morrison’s ‘The Beauty of Days Gone By’—bringing Wood and Stone full circle.”  Bill Clifford – Relix

“The sound is both loose and tight at the same time; the band knows how to walk that line and let Nevins be herself. To put it simply, it just plain works.”  – Brian Robbins, Jambands.com

For more reviews of ‘Wood and Stone’ please visit Taranevins.com

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Jeb Puryear. Photo by Jon Gavenus.

Great interview with Jeb Puryear as a show preview for the Donna the Buffalo StageOne show in Fairfield, CT tonight!

Expect ‘The Herd’ in Fairfield to stampede Donna the Buffalo tonight

Longtime Donna the Buffalo watchers have watched the group ebb and flow over the years, but in shows this summer, one thing has been obvious: The current lineup has started to gel and groove in sometimes breathtaking and heart-pumping ways.

Who is Donna the Buffalo?

One of the groovin’est bands in America — at 21 years old now, a bona-fide American institution. Donna the Buffalo over the years has woven a colorful, eclectic mix of old-time bluegrass, Cajun and zydeco, folk, reggae, dusty Americana and San Francisco organ jam-band rock’n’ roll into a warm, dance-all-night vibe all its own.

Actually, the vibe belongs to the Trumansburg, N.Y.-based band and its legion of fans, who have affectionally dubbed themselves “The Herd” — and who will no doubt be out in force tonight for Donna the Buffalo’s first gig at the Fairfield Theatre Co.’s intimate StageOne.

“I think we’re kind of hitting our new stride,” acknowledged guitarist and co-founder Jeb Puryear, who with his longtime friend, playing partner and co-founder Tara Nevins, who plays fiddle, accordion, guitar and scrub board, constitute the core of Donna the Buffalo. They are the only original members. The band also includes Dave McCracken on keyboards, Vic Stafford on drums and newest member Kyle Spark on bass guitar.

While the band is based in Trumansburg, near Ithaca, N.Y., all three of the newer members hail from North Carolina.

Nevins and Puryear — prolific songwriters who have played together for 25 years and known each other for 30 — talked about the fun they’ve had as the current lineup has grown together.

“It’s definitely our best band lineup ever, as far as … everyone being really on the same page musically …” said Nevins. “It just feels easy … it’s fun! The groove just feels great!”

Puryear said he can’t say exactly what’s changed, but he can feel it — and it’s exciting to be making music that feels new in a band that’s been together so long.

“I think we’ve got a really good chemistry right now … It’s hard to put your finger on, but I think we’ve got something … “It’s just exciting to see where it’s going … I think the band’s starting to move together on stuff that, maybe in the past, me and Tara might have done alone. …

“Every day is like a new day.We tend to be very sensitive to our surroundings … I mean like subtle things … It’s very alive … I think that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been able to do it for a very long time and still get excited about it.”

READ THE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/09/17/entertainment/doc4c928859973f8547691583.txt

Published: Friday, September 17, 2010 www.nhregister.com

By Mark Zaretsky, Register Staff
mzaretsky@newhavenregister.com

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