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Multi-instrumentalist and Producer Larry Campbell sits down with Tara Nevins (Donna the Buffalo) to discuss her upcoming solo album “Wood And Stone”. Hear music and download the song “Snowbird” for free at http://www.facebook.com/TaraNevins. To order the new album head over to www.funkyside.com.

“This album is personal and sort of revelatory,” Nevins says. “It’s an expression of recent emotional discovery within relationships lost and found, and how knowing the core of who we are is the real deal. There were so many elements I wanted to explore—to combine all the pieces of my personal musical puzzle–and then have it come together in a cohesive whole. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Larry Campbell. I am honored to have had him both produce and play on my record. He’s an amazingly talented and soulful musician. He has a very natural, down-to-earth approach and an instinctual insightfulness that I really appreciate; he really got what I was after. The whole experience was inspiring and challenging in a very positive way.”

Campbell is a much-sought-after musician/producer renowned for his work with Bob Dylan and still rolling from the success of Levon Helm’s two Grammy- winners, Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt, which he produced. He found Nevins’s project immediately compelling. “I liked the feel of the project– her combination of old-time mountain music and original songwriting—and I was taken with Tara’s unique talent; she’s got a distinctive voice—there’s a kind of honesty that shines through.”

The record kicks off with the title cut “Wood and Stone,” and that “honest” element is readily apparent in this touching tribute to home and family. Old-timey acoustics are quickly joined by drums and steel guitars as Nevins sings about “the better part of me” regarding her upbringing and early influences. “It’s got that magical blend of music and lyrics,” Campbell says of it, “and it really paints a picture of where she comes from.”

Ten of the thirteen tracks are originals, and Nevins’ complexity gets a broad stage. She dispenses wit and wisdom with an atypical take on love and relationships through gritty songs such as “You’ve Got It All” and “You’re Still Driving That Truck,” then turns to wrenching hearts with songs like “Snowbird” (accompanied by Jim Lauderdale), a beautiful metaphorical ballad about the pain of loving someone unable to truly give back, and “Tennessee River,” a haunting, gripping song about the stranglehold love can have over a person’s whole existence. “Stars Fell on Alabama” sounds like it fell from her heart and pen too, but Nevins has the capacity to take a well-known standard like this, change the melody, and perform it so ingenuously that it fits in seamlessly to the whole groove of the record.

The record is “framed” by another nostalgic piece, “The Beauty of the Days Gone By” (by Van Morrison), bringing the record full-circle and serving as a sort of catharsis for the dark tone of “Tennessee River”. “I wanted to end the record with it,” Nevins explains, “because I love the sentiment of the song and it’s kind of like ‘the sun always comes back out’ kind of thing. We grow and learn and take our relationships with us for better and for worse and that’s life in all its beauty and glory.”

Nevins’ rare blend of enormous talent coupled with genuine down-home humbleness has won the hearts of fans and colleagues alike. “Tara has this worldly awareness combined with a fragile innocence,” Larry Campbell notes, “which makes her songwriting and music very accessible…very appealing.” Wood and Stone is sure to add to that appeal.

Hear music and download “Snowbird for free at http://www.facebook.com/TaraNevins. To order the new album head over to www.funkyside.com.

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Ready for some new music from Tara Nevins? Download a free mp3 of “Snowbird” (accompanied by Jim Lauderdale) from the new album Wood and Stone, out May 3rd. Share the widget and make a comment here: http://on.fb.me/e3lYgj for a chance to win a signed vinyl copy of the album.

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American roots traditionalist Tara Nevins releases an exploration of her own heritage, musical and otherwise, in Wood and Stone, her first solo album since Mule to Ride in 1999. Wood and Stone showcases her ever-evolving repertoire as she journeys both back to her own “roots” and head-long into new territory. Set for a May 3rd release through Sugar Hill Records, the album was produced by Larry Campbell and recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, the home of the Ramble (Where she will be performing songs from the record on May 27th)! Featured guests on the album include Levon Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer, Teresa Williams, The Heartbeats, along with the core band of Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, and Byron Isaacs.

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***Sugar Hill Records to Release Wood and Stone from Tara Nevins ~ Street Date May 3, 2011***

Celebrated Donna the Buffalo artist, Tara Nevins releases introspective solo album produced by Larry Campbell with guests including Levon Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer, Teresa Williams and more…

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Wood And Stone Tracks:
1. Wood And Stone
2. All I Ever Needed
3. You’ve Got It All
4..You’re Still Driving That Truck
5. Who Would You Tell
6. Snowbird
7. Nothing Really
8. What Money Cannot Buy
9. The Wrong Side
10. Stars Fell On Alabama
11. Down South Blues
12. Tennessee River
13. The Beauty of Days Gone By

Listen to a track from the new release at www.facebook.com/TaraNevins

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Here’s some great excerpts fom an article about Donna the Buffalo in preview for their show at 123 Plesant Street in Morgantown, WV Jan 22.

Donna the Buffalo Takes the Stage at 123

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The roots band — which easily blends several genres from folk to reggae — has come through Morgantown for 20 years.
…According to 123 owner L.J. Giuliani, the group’s sound remains consistently infectious.
“… is heavily influenced by a zydeco swing that makes it hard not to dance to,” he said in an email. “That lends itself to a pretty high-energy show that people really love. They have toured the region extensively, so their reputation definitely proceeds them.”
… … …
Nevins said she hopes to see some familiar faces in the crowd, which isn’t an uncommon experience. The band’s fans, who call themselves The Herd, are a dedicated bunch, even starting a charitable fundraising organization, Side To Side Charities, in 2002.
“A lot of fans show up at a lot of the gigs, and we’ve gotten to know them and recognize them,” Nevins said.
Self-organized, The Herd is quite active, she said, and several websites have been created to help fans keep in touch with one another.
The band’s own website, Facebook page and Twitter account also keeps those interested up-to-date with photos and commentary from recent shows as well as any other pertinent information.
For instance, the band recently posted on its Facebook page that it will be included in “JAMerica,” a documentary and book project by Peter Conners and Denver Miller that focuses on the genre’s emergence and growth.
Nevins said band members will meet with the project’s organizers in the next two weeks to discuss details.
And that’s not all that’s on the band’s plate. In the midst of a busy touring schedule, Donna the Buffalo will head to Nashville in the next couple of months to record another album, more than two years after its latest effort “Silverlined.” And in April, Nevins’ solo album “Wood and Stone” will debut. Both albums are set for release on Sugar Hill Records.
While the band’s schedule can be hectic, Nevins said finding time to rest, get some good food on the road and take care herself helps. And a positive perspective can’t hurt either.
“Everybody is really busy doing whatever they do,” she said. “We’re no different. If you love what you do, that’s an advantage to anyone.”

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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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