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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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Have you Herd? Donna The Buffalo plays Colorado

Thursday – Saturday: The Sandbar Vail (4-14), The Bluebird Theatre (4-15) and The Fox (4-16)

Whitewater Ramble and The Believers open the evenings

Photo by Jim Gavenus

Sandbar Vail ~ Thursday, April 14th
970-476-4314
2161 North Frontge Road
Vail, Co 81657
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Bluebird Theater ~ Friday, April 15th
(303) 377-1666
3317 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

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Fox Theatre ~ Saturday, April 16th
(303) 447-0095
1135 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Photo by Richard Allen

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.

The dynamic songwriting tandem of vocalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have penned over 150 songs in their collaboration with DTB and have many more in the making. Although never writing a set list for live show, the Erie Times notes, “they stick to a pattern…usually alternating between Puryear’s rhythmic, Dylan-influenced, guitar-centered songs and Nevins’ breezy, melodic, accordion-driven gems like the folksy Tides of Time and infectious Locket and Key.” As of late, Nevins and Puryear have also been known to perform as a duo on air and at live shows, which is always enjoyable to the fans to hear their favorite DtB songs in stripped down arrangments. The band’s 2008 release Silverlined, on Sugar Hill Records, rose to #8 on the Americana Music Chart and they are heading in studio this spring to work on their 10th album with the current band lineup of Puryear on guitar, Nevins on fiddle, guitar, accordion, and scrubboard, keyboardist Dave McCracken, bassist Kyle Spark, and drummer Vic Stafford.

Nevins & Larry Cambell. Photo by John D Kurc.

Co-DtB bandleader and 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 on Sugar Hill Records. 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 3, 2011 release date, the album was produced by Larry Campbell with guests including Levon Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer, Teresa Williams and more.

Donna the Buffalo’s fervent fan base, self-named The Herd, follows the band with zeal and has created a unique and supportive community online and at DTB shows across the nation. Puryear declares, “The main thing I like to say about The Herd is that you don’t have to do anything to be a member. You just have to like a song.” In an interview with The Roanoke Times, Nevins conveys, “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…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.” When asked in an interview with the Weekender in PA what new people should look forward to experiencing at a show, Nevins replied “a really friendly, comfortable crowd, and a real community-oriented, positive experience.”

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The Believers

THE BELIEVERS have a serious love for old school country music. They can’t help it if they were raised on punk rock & metal. Founding members Craig Aspen & Cyd Frazzini formed THE BELIEVERS ten years ago in Seattle amid the Alt. Country- No Depression boom of that time and have been recording and performing ever since. Three albums and a decade later they’ve stayed true to their Country/ Rock /Soul sound that has earned them praise from contemporaries like Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale and the BBC Radio’s Bob Harris who declared them simply, “Brilliant.”

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Self-described as “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass”, WhiteWater Ramble uses a simple recipe to craft it’s sound – bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots Americana. The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of Mandolin, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Drums and Vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, WhiteWater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.

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