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Check out this writeup about Donna the Buffalo in Chattanooga. It was for their show at Rhythm and Brews on May 6th.

Also here is a link to Matt Dunmore Photography who took some great photos that night: http://mattdunmorephotography.com/www/05-2010/photography/donna-the-buffalo-rhythm-brews/

Photo by Matt Dunmore Photography

No One’s Buffalo is Named Donna

Written by Tara Morris,  Chattanooga Pulse
May 5, 2010 – 1:01 pm

Donna The Buffalo is a five-person ensemble consisting of Tara Nevins, Jeb Puryear, Dave McCracken, Jay Sanders, and Vic Stafford. For 21 years, this roots group has toured and spread their love of feel-good music that connects poetry, spirituality, and socially conscious ideals. Their 2008 release Silverlined on Sugar Hill Records hit number 8 on the Americana Music Chart.

To those not in the know, Donna The Buffalo might seem an “interesting” name. Countless scenarios of why someone would name their buffalo Donna engage the mind—but I have come to find out that it was purely a mistake. During their first show, an “under the influence” MC slurred their name from “Dawn of the Buffalo” to “Donna The Buffalo”—and they never went back.

A sweet story, just like the sweetness found in Tara Nevins’s vocals and the bounce in their sound. Words of peace and justice, love, life, and death flow from the speakers…Jeb and Tara have sung more than 140 songs together with DTB. This band has graced the stages of Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Rothbury, and Austin City Limits, to name a few. They’ve worked with such artists as Bela Fleck, Jim Lauderdale, Preston and Keith Frank, and with Nevins touring with the drummer of the Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann’s band BK3, this band is no joke.

After more than 20 years of bringing musical love to the masses, it’s no surprise this band has an extensive fan base calling themselves “The Herd”. This unique and supportive community follows the band with zeal and is an extension of the band’s dedication to community and roots music. The music of DTB transcends age, and prides itself on expressing a celebration of life with every stroke of the fiddle and squeeze of the accordion.

This Thursday night, DTB will be joined by Nashville’s own Infamous Stringdusters, a Chattanooga favorite whose fusion of acoustic bluegrass is sure to impress. When these boys came together, they were hardly new to the scene, with ties to artists such as Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, and Vanessa Carlton. After the 2007 release of Fork in the Road, they toured extensively. The band starred in a documentary made about their touring experience, and signed a deal with Lions Gate Films, which will license their music for commercials and other media.

Despite all the name-dropping, these bands have worked their way up and will surely give you a chance to relax, engage, and get down. Dougher told me how long he has been trying to get Donna The Buffalo and shared his excitement. Once again it is a big week in the Valley for music, and with the many choices, we must all quit our jobs, panhandle for ticket money and give it all to every show we can. If this is a bit too much, then make a date and go see why Donna The Buffalo has been able to perform for so long.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://chattanoogapulse.com/music/music-feature/no-ones-buffalo-is-named-donna/

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