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Calling all Herd!  There is a situation calling for help and we are perfect for the job!

Yellowstone bison return to Fort Peck Reservation in Montana – Photo by Ted Wood

Finally There is a Buffalo Named Donna!

SAVE THE BUFFALO ~ ADOPT A BUFFALO!

National Wildlife Federation has an amazing opportunity to help relocate over 140 wild bison from a private ranch in Montana, to their native lands on the Wyoming Wind River Reservation. The Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes of the Wind River Reservation have already expressed their desire to accept these magnificent creatures. This could provide the bison with hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat to thrive on as a wide-ranging herd. You can read more about it here: http://blog.nwf.org/2012/09/wind-river-tribes-unite-to-return-yellowstone-bison-to-their-native-homeland/

We, in Donna the Buffalo, along with you The Herd can help make this happen! How perfect Donna the Buffalo and The Herd helping make possible this restoration of 140 Bison to their native land!

Yellowstone Bison in the quarantine pasture in Gardiner, Montana – Photo by Ted Wood

We presented the following idea to the National Wildlife Federation and they loved it! It costs just $50.00 to move one of these Bison back to its native land. What we proposed is a “SAVE THE BUFFALO” campaign where if you donate $50.00 you will essentially “ADOPT A BUFFALO” and the Bison will be NAMED AFTER YOU! (Or your child, or loved one, anyone you want actually). You will receive a certificate from the National Wildlife Federation saying so!

We’ve started the campaign and have now saved and adopted a buffalo! What fun there’s finally a buffalo named Donna!!

We hope you join us in this endeavor. Our goal is to accomplish this by election day on Tuesday, November 6th! Montana will be electing a new Governor who may or may not be partial to the welfare of these bison!

To Save and Adopt Your Buffalo:
Send a check for $50.00, made out to The National Wildlife Federation, to the address below. Be sure to include your name and address written clearly on a piece of paper with the name you wish to give the Buffalo.

Send to:
Wildlife Management
P.O. Box 287
Trumansburg, NY  14886

Or:

Donate via PayPal at Wildlifemanagement@aol.com. BEFORE pressing the SEND MONEY button make sure to scroll down further to  “Email to recipient”. Enter your personal message including your name, address and what you would like to name the buffalo!
https://www.paypal.com/home

Lets save the buffalo!

Love and Peace,
Tara, Jeb, Mark, David, and Kyle

About Donna the Buffalo:
Donna the Buffalo’s feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music all began over twenty years ago with roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Donna the Buffalo is known for touring the country remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands and has “earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today,” praises Encore.

Donna the Buffalo has been working on a 10th album with Puryear on guitar, Nevins on fiddle, guitar, accordion, and scrubboard, keyboardist Dave McCracken, bassist Kyle Spark, drummer Mark Raudabaugh.
More info at: www.donnathebuffalo.com.

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Photo by John D Kurc.

Have you Herd? Donna the Buffalo will be traveling the country this fall and winter! Sounding better than ever, they have been in the studio this spring and summer working on a 10th album and will be performing new songs, along with the old favorites, up and down the East coast before heading out West for the first time in a few years. Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear on guitar and vocals; Tara Nevins on fiddle, guitar, accordion, scrubboard and vocals; keyboardist Dave McCracken; bassist Kyle Spark; and drummer Mark Raudabaugh.

LISTEN to an interview on Eternal Jamnation with Tara Nevins about the upcoming album, their fall tour, the Grassroots Festivals & more!

Donna the Buffalo’s feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music all began over twenty years ago with roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. The band is known for touring the country and remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands and has “earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today,” praises Encore.

They embark on an almost non-stop tour through the end of 2012 starting at Rhythm and Roots in Rhode Island followed by shows in Pennsylvania, The Dark Star Jubilee in Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont this September before heading back down to North Carolina for their fall Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in early October. Then they trek back up to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland before returning to Live Oak, Florida for Magnolia Fest in late October.

They’ll be bringing The Herd out West starting with shows in Alabama, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before a host of shows throughout California the first week of November. They complete the West Coast tour in Eugene, Portland, and Seattle and and then make their way back East.

Donna The Buffalo cap off the year celebrating in Florida with shows in Ft. Lauderdale and a three night New Year’s Eve run at Skipper’s in Tampa!  Stay tuned to facebook.com/donnathebuffalo and twitter.com/donnathebuffalo for updates, photos, and videos throughout the tour!

MoBoogie’s Video of the band performing
Tara’s new song “I Love My Tribe” at The Bluebird in Denver

Donna The Buffalo on Tour Fall & early Winter 2012:

Fri 9/21   Stanhope, NJ   Stanhope House
Sat 9/22  Syracuse, NY  Westcott Theatre *w/ Keller Williams
Sun 9/23   Williamsville, NY   Club Infinity
Thu 9/27   Collinsville, CT  Live @ Bridge Street Live
Fri 9/28   Saratoga Springs, NY  The Putnam Den
Sat 9/29  Burlington, VT  Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Thu-Sun 10/4-7   Pittsboro, NC   Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
Thu 10/11   Towsen, MD   Recher Theater
Fri 10/12   Jim Thorpe, PA   Mauch Chunk Opera House
Sat 10/13   Morgantown, WV  123 Pleasant Street
Sat-Sun  10/20-21   Live Oak, FL   Magnolia Fest
Tue 10/23   Mobile, AL   Alabama Music Box
Wed 10/24  New Orleans, LA  One Eyed Jacks
Sat 10/27   Austin, TX   Lambert’s
Mon 10/29   Albuquerque, NM   The Dirty Bourbon Dance Hall
Tue 10/30   Flagstaff, AZ   Orpheum Theatre
Wed 10/31  Los Angeles, CA  The Mint
Thu 11/1   San Diego, CA   Winston’s
Fri 11/2   Pioneertown, CA   Pappy and Harriet’s
Sat 11/3   San Francisco, CA   Slim’s
Sun 11/4   Santa Cruz, CA   Moe’s Alley
Mon 11/5   Mill Valley, CA   Sweetwater Music Hall
Wed 11/7   Sebastopol, CA   Hopmonk Tavern
Thu 11/8   Eugene, OR   WOW Hall
Fri 11/9   Portland, OR   Doug Fir Lounge
Sat 11/10   Seattle, WA   Tractor Tavern
Fri 11/23   Jamestown, NY  Crystal Ballroom *w/ Big Leg Emma
Sat 11/24   Pittsburgh, PA   The Rex Theater
Sat 12/1   Winston-Salem, NC   Ziggy’s
Wed 12/21   Rochester, NY   Water Street Music Hall *w/ Sim Redmond
Fri 12/28   Ft. Lauderdale   Revolution
Sat- Mon 12/29-31   Tampa, FL  Skipper’s Smokehouse
Wed-Fri, Jan 2-4, 2012  Key West, FL  The Green Parrot

More shows tbd…
Stay tuned to www.donnathebuffalo.com

WATCH a documentary made by The Herd: “Have Buffalo, Will Travel”

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Donna The Buffalo plays Vail tonight as the first of three shows in their Colorado run.  Here’s a great interview with Jeb Puryear in the Vail Daily. Make sure to click the link to read the complete article.

Donna the Buffalo returns to Vail: New York-based Americana band returns to the Sandbar Thursday to the delight of local fans
By Caramie Schnell, www.vaildaily.com
During a concert, a good one, there’s a point when the musicians, the audience and the music all connect.

“It’s similar to a whole school of fish in the water that all turn to the left at the same time,” said Jeb Puryear, a guitarist/singer/songwriter for Donna the Buffalo. “How did they know to do that? At certain times in the night, musically that happens and it’s very cool.”

Jeb Puryear. Photo by John D Kurc.

And while that coupling can be as intense and explosive as lovers coming together for the first time, it doesn’t always happen. But that’s always the goal, Puryear said.

“Our goal collectively is to play some decent music and have that happen and it usually does and it’s really fun. It’s great to be a part of — when the music is all connected, it becomes something and you just follow it.”

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One of those fans {that helped make the Vail show happen] is Andrew Zweigbaum, an Eagle-Vail resident who goes by Ziggy. Ziggy first saw the band play at the same venue back in 1997 when it was the Half Moon Saloon.

“I was just walking by and I saw everyone in there dancing and it sounded cool,” he said. “I think the cover was $7, and I thought ‘what the hell’ and it kind of changed my life.”

Since that first show, Ziggy has seen the band play at venues around the country. He estimates he’s seen somewhere around 350 shows, which certainly makes him part of “The Herd” — the fervant, self-named fan base. There’s around 40 members of The Herd flying in from other states for the show, Ziggy said, and a handful of local fans who plan to attend.

So what is it about this soulful Americana band’s Cajun/zydeco/folk/rock-infused sound that speaks so clearly to fans? Well it’s not about the sound exactly, but what that sound encourages.

“They have an infectious dance groove,” Ziggy said. “They get everyone dancing, which is really fun.”

Music ‘presents endless possibilities’

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The band is currently working on a new album. They spent a week in Athens, Ga., recording and plan to go back for another week soon to finish it up. It’ll likely be released late summer or early fall.

“I haven’t listened to any of it yet, but I think it’s pretty good,” he said. “We’re trying to up our tempo of making records. It’s been every three years and that’s a little slow for my taste.”

Even though “people don’t buy records anymore,” Puryear said, it’s still important to record them.

“It’s just part of what a band does,” he said. “It kicks you into gear and makes you have to figure some stuff out. Also it does help to get it out there. Just because people don’t buy the record, doesn’t mean they don’t listen to it … if people fall in love with the music, then they’ll come see you and you’ll have a good time together. If someone gets a record and really likes it, it becomes part of their lives and at that point, it doesn’t matter if we make any money off of it or not.”

Puryear believes music changes lives, and despite that, it doesn’t get near the level of respect it merits, he said.

“Music has an ability to let people be more involved with their emotional side, their artistic being,” he said. “Music is a very interesting thing. And it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what it is and what makes it great … it presents endless possibilities.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20110413/AE/110419938/1078&ParentProfile=1062

Photo by Jim Gavenus

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Tad Dickens did a GREAT interview with Tara Nevins to help promote their show coming up Thursday, Jan 20th at Awful Arthurs in Roanoke. Be sure to clikc the link to listen to a wonderful 30 minute podcast interview with Nevins. Here are some excerepts of the written piece:

Donna The Buffalo has loyal Herd of fans

Donna The Buffalo hits the stage Thursday at Awful Arthur’s at Towers in Roanoke.

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times

Donna the Buffalo

When Donna The Buffalo takes the stage, folks from all over show up to see and hear.

The American roots music band, which plays Awful Arthur’s at Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke on Thursday, just wrapped up a run of shows through Florida. When Donna The Buffalo singer and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins looked out at the crowd during a Jan. 5 set in Jacksonville, she saw people she recognized from shows all over the country. She said the band’s merchandise guy counted fans from 13 states, in addition to all the Jacksonville-area fans who showed up.

“It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force,” said Nevins, who with guitarist/singer Jeb Puryear is the band’s creative core.

“All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.”

Podcast With Tara Nevins of Donna The Buffalo

The Herd

Read the Herd conversation here.

New music

It’s been two and a half years since Donna The Buffalo released a record. That disc, “Silverlined,” was part of the band’s 20th anniversary celebration. The band played FloydFest just after the CD came out in July 2008.

Donna is preparing to record a new album in the next couple of months. It will be the band’s “greatest guests record,” Nevins said. The idea sprang from the band’s annual closing set at the festival it helped create, Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, held in Trumansburg, N.Y. The band likes to bring up whatever musicians are still around by the time the festival is winding down.

“We’ve formed so many great relationships like that over the years, and we also have our musicians that we’ve always loved to play with or collaborate with but haven’t yet,” said Nevins, who declined to identify the musical guests.

Nevins has also finished recording her own new album at Levon Helm Studios, in Woodstock, N.Y. Larry Campbell, seen at FloydFest performing with Helm, is the producer. Helm played drums on two cuts, Nevins said. She said she had a “wonderful experience” working with both musicians.

“It was awesome just to get to hang out with [Helm] and get to know him a little,” she said. “He’s a fantastic person and a soulful, soulful musician.”

And the circle grows.

 

 

 

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Photo by Jim Gavenus

You may notice some people filming the Feb 11th Donna the Buffalo show at Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY. The band is being included in an exciting project called JAMerica which includes a book as well as a documentary film chronicling the emergence, rise, future, etc. of the jam band and festival scene.

The book portion will be written by Peter Conners (www.peterconners.com) who is author of Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead (Da Capo Press, 2009) and White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg (City Lights, 2010). JAMerica will be published by Da Capo Press in fall 2013.

Conners is also working with filmmaker Denver Miller (www.denvermillerfilms.com) to turn JAMerica into a documentary film featuring interviews and live footage from festivals and shows. In addition to interviewing the band and filming the Feb 11th show, Conners and Miller will be conducting some spontaneous interviews with audience members at the show. This is your chance to share your love of DTB with the world!

Special thanks to David Gans for introducing us to Peter and Denver!

Here’s a video of DTB from the last time they played Water Street:


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Donna the Buffalo is playing the Soapbox in Wilmington this Saturday, May 8th after a stop into the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) on Friday. Check out this great interview with Tara Nevins and Encore Magazine for their May cover story:

Roots Music to Be Reckoned with:

Donna the Buffalo play Soapbox Laundro Lounge on Saturday

By: Adrian Varnam – May 4th, 2010  Encore

For over two decades, Donna the Buffalo has performed all over the country as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands. With a traditional mountain-music core, infused with elements of zydeco, folk, rock, country and even reggae, the band has earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today. With a rabid fanbase (they call themselves “The Herd”), and a schedule that has them performing 10 months out of every year, Donna the Buffalo continues to grow their reach in an ever-assorted musical landscape.

Recently, encore caught up with founding member and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins via phone as she drove to meet up with her band at Merlefest, a traditional roots-music festival held every year in Wilkesboro, NC.

encore: What’s Merlefest like as a performer?
Tara Nevins: It’s exciting, and it’s great exposure. . . . It’s as equally exciting playing there as it is just being there. You sort of run into all these musicians that you know that you have camaraderie with, and there’s lots of mixing and matching—a lot of bands sit in with each other. It’s really fun playing with different musicians in an untraditional way. It’s a good vibe, and we’ve always had a really good time.

e: Donna the Buffalo seems to be a perfect poster child for Merlefest—a conglomerate of different styles that form one cohesive unit. How do you go about incorporating various genres into your signature sound?
TN: We don’t try to play different styles of music on purpose. In general, the types of instruments we play lend themselves to that. In the band I play a Louisiana-style of accordion, fiddle, washboard and guitar. So, if I decide to play accordion on a song, it gives it that flavor, or if I play fiddle, there’s another flavor. [Guitarist] Jeb [Puryear] and I both bring songs to the band, and the band just plays the song, and whatever comes out, comes out. It’s nothing like, “Let’s make this one ‘zydeco-ish’ or this one ‘country-ish.’” We never think that way. It’s more like, “Here’s a new song,” and however we play it, we play it. It’s nothing premeditated.

e: Is there a certain style of music that especially resonates with you personally?
TN: Not really. I like traditional fiddle music. I think the core of what Jeb and I do, and what brought us together in what we do in Donna the Buffalo, is old-time fiddle music. But I love Creole music, too. I like what’s good, I think. Jeb and I both have a traditional-music backgrounds, but it mixed with whatever we experienced growing up in the world, whether it be the Beatles or Sheryl Crow or George Jones.

e: How did you become exposed to traditional music like fiddle or zydeco?
TN: I heard traditional fiddle music when I was 18—in school. . . . I got into it on my own and started traveling south, to the mountain areas of North Carolina, Virginia, to the fiddle festivals, and it just grew from there. One year I traveled to Lafayette, Louisiana, to a traditional Mardi Gras festival, and fell in love with the music.

e: Donna the Buffalo has been a band now for over 20 years. How have you all evolved and grown during that time?
TN: As far as the band is concerned, we’ve had many personnel changes—different drummers, different bass players. Jeb and I are the only two original members of the band. Considering that we’ve had so many changes, I think we’ve been pretty good at maintaining a certain thread in our sound and in our music. I just think we keep getting better and better at what we do.

Certain people bring different things to the band, of course, but it all comes together in our signature sound, which is breakthrough-oriented, very groove-oriented, very adaptable, very dance-able. . . . Our songs have evolved some over the years, too. We started out a little more universally socio-political —not heavily political, just more like social commentary. We’ve gone through a few changes the past couple of years; some songs have gotten a little more personal. We’ve definitely grown and evolved.

e: What’s the impetus for the change in themes?
TN: Art always changes—It shapes and flows in different directions. It’s nothing on purpose, it’s whatever your life is bringing you that you write about. I mean, the socio-political may filter back in. It’s art, you know? You paint one painting one day, and then another painting another day, and it’s just whatever you’re feeling or going through at the time. It’s hard to really comment exactly on the timeline, it’s just that different subject matter comes and goes. It’s dynamic and it’s life.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.encorepub.com/articles.php?i=read&article_id=84&section_id=1

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