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Video of Donna the Buffalo’s Tara Nevins  & Jeb Puryear at Shakori Hills Festival. This is Tara’s NEW Song “Snowbird” and is going to be on Tara’s NEW solo album that she’s been recording in Levon Helm Studios with Larry Campbell–Set for a Spring release!

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I had such an amazing time this weekend at Shakori Hills in Silk Hope, NC hanging with friends, seeing some fantastic music, eating great food and generally lovin’ life! I got to see some of Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank Zydeco, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Woody Pines, The Double E’s, Amelia’s Mechanics, Hee Haw Nightmare, Greg Humphreys, Big Fat Gap, Mandolin Orange and lots more!

I also spent a lot of time with my friends in the new “Green Room Lounge”‘ that they set up at the festival to take some film of musician interviews and sessions. They are going to launch their new website, Fingerlakes Unplugged and post some of the footage in a month or so, so stay tuned to http://fingerlakesunplugged.com. Posted below are some of the snapshots I took while in the Lounge.

Greg Humphreys in the Green Room Lounge

The Hee Haw Nightmare Band

The Smart Brothers

Tara Nevins, Ed Poullard, and Preston Frank discussing Creole, Cajun, and Zydeco

Woody Pines

Luigi at work...

Check out Caroline Pond’s Blog from the fest as well. It’s got a great video of Snake Oil Medicine Show: http://carolinepond.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/dance-tent-joy/

And click here for great footage from Shakori Hills Festival uploaded by people on YouTube.

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Super pumped about Shakori Hills Fest being right around the corner! It’s October 7-10th in Silk Hope North Carolina.

You never know what will happen at Shakori  as the magic sets in… I’ve seen plenty of rainbows &  blue skies (as well as a few muddy dancing rainstorms…) I’ve seen one of the longest shooting stars ever that lasted at least a minute and flew over the mainstage as Donna the Buffalo was playing on one of the famous Sunday night sets… and I’ve seen some of the best musical collaborations EVER on stage! Everything goes and the festival is always amazing!

On the lineup for this fall are Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank, Toubab Krewe, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Snake Oil Medicine Show,Woody PinesAmelia’s Mechanics, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lizzy Ross Band, Mandolin Orange and lots more! See the complete lineup here: http://www.shakorihills.org/performers/

At every Shakori, the last set on Sunday night is always one that everyone looks forward to as host band Donna the Buffalo brings out many guests from other bands that have played all weekend. Last spring one of the biggest hits was when  John Paul Jones had randomly appeared at Shakori because his overseas flight to England was delayed from the volcanic ashes that were in the air from the eruption in Iceland. He sat in with Donna the Buffalo and played several songs on bass, keys, and mandolin. Here is a great video of one of them:

Check out this very in depth and personal interview that Paul Kerr from Homegrown Music Network did with DtB’s Tara Nevins on the DtB bus at the festival just before that Sunday night set. At the point of the interview, Tara did not know that John Paul Jones was there again and ready to play:

HGMN: How did [Led Zeppelin bassist] John Paul Jones end up coming to Shakori Hills?

Nevins: He really likes traditional music. He always did, and he plays the mandolin. He produced that all-girl old-time band Uncle Earl. He produced one of their records, and I play triangle on it actually. I got to work with him in the studio. He was at MerleFest a few times and was just checking everything out. Because I had played triangle and was in the studio and had met him and worked with him, I think I might have said, “Hey we’re doing a dance in the dance tent later, why don’t you come by and sit in?” And everyone wanted him to sit in, you know? But he actually showed up and my drummer almost fell off his stool.

She told me later that when she left the bus to get on stage Jeb said, “Hey, Tara, John Paul Jones is here and wants to sit in”. She said something like, “yeah right Jeb” and then he said, “No, really, turn around” and she did and there he was. Funny because she was just telling a story about him at the interview a few minutes before and had no clue about his delayed flight or that he was even at the festival at all… Well.. That’s just some of the magic that happens at Shakori Hills!

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TARA NEVINS IS A REGULAR AT THE MOUNT AIRY FIDDLER’S CONVENTION, ONCE PLAYING UP TO 27 HOURS OF FIDDLE TUNES IN THREE DAYS!

Roaming with the Buffalo

by Nicole DeLawder in The Hudson Valley news

“The Hudson Valley is just beautiful,” Tara Nevins of the grassroots band Donna the Buffalo noted, “in fact, all of New York State is beautiful.”

Nevins, singer/songwriter, guitarist and fiddle-master for Donna the Buffalo, grew up in the Hudson Valley and currently resides in Piermont. With a couple weeks off before getting back on the road, I caught up with Nevins as she took a break from working on her new solo album at Levon Helm’s Studio in Woodstock.

“There’s a sense of community that is positive and healthy for society,” Nevins said about being a part of the Hudson Valley Green Festival at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site on Sept. 4. “Plus, you get to be outside all day.”

The one-day music, alternative energy, food and beverage event will host Donna the Buffalo performing on the main stage after John Brown’s Body, complimenting the solid line-up of Duke and the King, BeauSoleil Band, Amos Lee and Blues Traveller. Along with the mainstage, there will be a performance area for emerging Hudson Valley artists, and Terrapin Restaurant and Catering will provide food, a drinks pavillion featuring local beers, a farmer’s market and 20 on-site vendors selling Hudson Valley products.

Donna the Buffalo are no strangers to the festival scene. Over 20 years ago, the group’s dedication to live roots music founded the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance Festival in Trumansburg.  After the well-accepted success of their first festival, the group then birthed the now biannual Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Silk Hope, North Carolina.

Known for often socially conscious, foot-tapping music heavily steeped in traditional mountain music, Donna the Buffalo creates an eco-minded approach that will blend seamlessly with the ideals of the Hudson Valley’s first green festival.

Alongside multi-instrumentalist Nevins, guitarist and songwriter Jeb Puryear, keyboardist Dave McCracken, bassist Kyle Spark and drummer Vic Stafford create an environment infused with every genre of music ranging from Cajun/zydeco to folk and reggae. The band’s 2008 release “Silverlined” rose to number eight on the Americana Music Chart.

Together, Nevins and Puryear have written over 140 songs, while also collaborating with some big names in the business including Bela Fleck, Mamadou Diabate, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo, The Duhks and Amy Helm. This past year, Nevins toured with former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s band, BK3, and her new solo album in the works is produced by Larry Campbell, most well-known as multi-instrumentalist on Bob Dylan’s “Love and Theft” and as a part Dylan’s live band for several years. Campbell also holds two Grammy awards for producing Levon Helm’s “Dirt Farmer” and its follow-up album, “Electric Dirt.”

Nevins has spent over 20 years perfecting the fiddle in the Old-time musical community and [explored] her love of Zydeco and Louisiana culture with a documentary on the late Carlton Frank, one of the last old-time Creole fiddlers, who passed away in 2005.

Over the years the group has created a community environment, both at live performances and online, to which their fan-base, The Herd, steadily follows. The band’s lyrics comment on love and politics with an upbeat rhythm that vibrates throughout the crowd. According to one fan, “There is some deeply satisfying solace in what Donna the Buffalo has to say and how they say it.”

Tickets are available at http://www.hudsonvalleygreenfestival.com, MusicToday.com, Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck and Rhino Records in New Paltz. Children under 12 are admitted to the event free of charge. The festival will be held rain or shine. On-site parking will be available.

Check out the Hudson Valley News online here: http://www.thehudsonvalleynews.com/HVNews/HVNews.html

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Just received the below update from David Gans on his November tour with Boris Garcia and lots more. We had so much fun with him here  in Asheville and at Shakori Hills this year. I want to express my appreciation to him for all he does 🙂 We are all so happy that he is feeling healthy and also want to wish him the happiest of Birthdays!

I had to miss it this fall, but I have heard amazing things about the sets at Magnolia Fest down in Live Oak Florida;  solo, with the Rubber Souldiers, and sitting in with Donna the Buffalo and friends.

Here’s a video clip to enjoy:

And here are a few songs to check out:

Fennario
(Pretty Peggy-O) – Donna the Buffalo with DG

Revolution

Day Tripper/Satisfaction
DTB with Rubber Souldiers (DG, Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan)

Greetings and happy autumn to all!

Health update: all is well! I saw my cardiologist yesterday. We need to adjust my cholesterol meds a bit, but everything looks pretty good. I am riding my bike daily, working out with my fitness trainer once a week, eating wisely and losing weight, etc.

My October tour of the southeast was just about the best ever! My first appearance at Shakori Hills was very well-received and every seems to think I’m likely to be invited back; MagnoliaFest was great, as always – I played a solo set, a “DG & Friends” set with a terrific band (Jay Sanders, bass; Mark van Allen, pedal steel; Wildman Steve, drums; David McCracken, keyboards); and Rubber Souldiers made a big splash on the Amphitheater Stage (and no thunderstorms!). In between the two festivals, I played in Asheville NC, Kennesaw GA, Decatur GA, Cullman AL, and live on Wildman Steve Radio. All the shows were well-attended and my music was very well-received. I am a happy camper! Thanks to all who made things happen, especially Erin Scholze in Asheville, Row Jimmy and Uncle John in Cullman, Jim and Maggie Roe in Kennesaw, and Molly Brown and Nancy Lewis-Pegel in Decatur.

This week saw the publication of a very warm review of The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best in the online music publication The Bluegrass Special: www.thebluegrassspecial.com

If you’re into that Twitter thing, you can follow me there – I’m @davidgans

This week I am very happy to be playing four shows in Northern California, sharing the stage with my good friends Boris Garcia from Philadelphia. Check them out at www.borisgarcia.com

Thursday, November 5: Boris Garcia and DG at the Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut Street, San Francisco

Friday, November 6: Boris Garcia and DG at Harvest Hoedown – 71 E Commercial Street, Willits CA

Saturday, November 7: Boris Garcia and DG at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA

Sunday, November 8: Boris Garcia and DG at Humboldt Brews, 856 10th Street, Arcata CA. 707-826-2739

Saturday, December 12: House concert in Berkeley CA. Details TBA.

Friday, December 18: DG plays the Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore, Fillmore @ Geary, San Francisco. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine is the headliner. DG plays before the show and during the break.

Saturday, December 19, 2-4pm: Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax CA. No cover!

Sunday, December 27: DG plays the Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore, Fillmore @ Geary, San Francisco. Railroad Earth is the headliner. DG plays before the show and during the break.

Thursday, December 31: XTra Ticket w/ DG at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, Arizona. www.orpheumpresents.com

January 21-31: Hawaii tour with the David Nelson Band! Details TBA.  www.nelsonband.com

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As always, more info at http://www.dgans.com/gigs.html

David Gans – david@trufun.com or david@gdhour.com
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