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Donna The Buffalo

Rootsy folk-rock sextet Donna the Buffalo formed in 1987 in Ithaca, NY. The group's three vocalists -- Tara Nevins, who also plays fiddle, guitar, and accordion; guitarist Jeb Puryear; and keyboardist Joe Thrift -- add another layer of diversity to the group's eclectic and often socially conscious sound. Guitarist Jim Miller, drummer Tom Gilbert, and bassist Jed Greenberg complete the ensemble. Donna the Buffalo started touring almost immediately after they formed, and they continue to do extensively. The group is a regular attraction at festivals like Merlefest and Telluride, and has also shared the stage with likeminded artists such as 10,000 Maniacs, Los Lobos, and Rusted Root.

Nearly concurrent with the start of their touring, Donna the Buffalo began releasing albums. Their debut, 1989's The White Tape, was recorded and released by the band itself; for their following album, The Red Tape, they enlisted their friend Mitch Easter to produce. Finding time to record when their busy touring schedule allowed, Donna the Buffalo released a self-titled album in 1993, following it with 1996's The Ones You Love, 1998's Rockin' in the Weary Land, and 2000's Positive Friction. The band released Live from the American Ballroom in 2002, followed by a string of records that included Wait Til Spring (with Jim Lauderdale), Life's a Ride, Red Tape, and Silverlined. Nevins also released a solo album, Mule to Ride, in 1999. Five years after 2008's Silverlined, the band returned with another studio album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, recording mostly live to anlogue in an old church. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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See them and love them at the Great Blue Heron (Phil & Tammy )
they rock they Great Blue Heron Festival!
Have you herd em?
Jim Lauderdale and Donna the Buffalo benefit at Magnolia Fest in Live Oak Fl....They kicked a** like I have never seen Jim do before ! They kept the room amped until 3 A.M. when I left to get some sleep. Loved it !!
I love them!
Donna is where it is at...Too bad the bio is completely outdated...a t least they got two of the band members right:>
Tara's voice rocks me to the bottom of my lame bones
Seemed to have a nice following when they played the Lowell Folk Festival a few years back.
Similar Artists - The Rolling Stones ??? ......... are you kidding me?
they also play the GrassRoots festival that happens 4 times a year, spring in North Carolina, summer in New York, fall in North Carolina, and Winter in Miami!
They play all over the country now, just go to their web site donnathebuff a l o . c o m .
Yes, they need to update the bio. Only Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins are still in the band and in the photo
One more time: this band needs a new bio/discogra p h y . Anybody know how to get that done?
They also play at the Blue Heron in Sherman, NY every year too. Seen them last weekend there. They were amazing!
amandah120
They used to play the dance tent at GreyFox (used to be Winterhawk) when I was a teen. Man we danced all night!
Also regulars at Spring Fest in Live Oak. Do not miss an opportunity to see this band.
Donna has made an annual appearance for several years in Grand Rapids, MI just as our winter is starting to kick in. I'm starting to get jacked for tonight's. Several comments below re: need to upgrade their bio -- I agree. Don't forget to check out this year's (2011) release by Tara Nevins, Wood & Stone, which has garnered much recent attention.
Perpetual headliners at the Magnolia Festival in Live Oak, Florida each fall. A must see!
christine.mc g o w a n 7
Just discovered this wonderful group about 6 months ago. Where have they been - or better yet, where have I been? Saw them in concert last evening - they played for 3 hours straight, and I believe Jeb could have gone on another 2! Absolutely fabulous - I am enjoying learning about them and their music!
Love Donna the Buffalo, my beau cannot get enough of Donna The Buffalo, he is from New York, Lake Placid, Adirondack country !!! :)
Anyone ever hear of "Dawn of the Buffalo?"
I saw them in Boston once at a club rather than a festival. Two girls were talking and they said "which one is Donna?" That's when I knew I was a groupie..... .
Can any one say Blue Heron Festival?... . G r e a t times and great memories, these guys are so much fun live!!!..... T h e good ole days of Donna and Sunny weather on a sunday morning are blissful!!!
Love it when they play Rhythm & Roots, w/ Preston Frank
Agree with the updating theme in here....been a fan since the early days circa 1988. Been lovin the music since then and have had many, many out of body experiences, and not drug induced either, but with their music and vibe....
avram333
Grassroots, every year!
cmrmystic
The band's name has its origins in their first live performance. They had intended to be known as "Dawn of the Buffalo," but an inebriated M.C. slurred the introduction and the name stuck.
cchew8
I love magfest, GO!
Americana
Pandora, come on, this bio seriously needs updating!! Joe Thrift was 2 keyboard players ago.
Herd of them
hbradshaw347
you gotta go to springfest or magfest in live oak fl
Might be time to update the biography... . a proud member of the Herd.
They usually come to the Tampa Bay area a couple times a year either to Jannus Landing or Skippers Smokehouse. I consider them a must see
rgoldstein2
Love the cajun style they often do. The squeeze box, washboard and best of all, the happy, gotta-dance Acadiana sound.
nmo4527
This band is food for the soul, especially when you experience them live. They deserve an updated discography, and a listen. I do miss Joe Thrift and Jim Miller.
cory2233
Did she say she had a skid mark in her bed? Sick!
ncacp
Check them out at Shakori Hills in NC in the spring and fall and at finger lakes in NY in the summer
As many fans as this band has, it seems like someone would have demanded an updated discography and current biography! Joe Thrift hasn't been with the band for a couple years - their current keyboardist, Dave McCracken deserves a mention.
blackrapidss t a t i o n
this band deserves a more in depth biography Obviously this info is very outdated and lacking current line up changes. Not to mention the message that prevails throughout their 20 plus years as a band worth listening to.
luwajoe
Definitely food for the soul!!!! The story about how they got their name is very funny. I personally like Donna the Buffalo much betterh than Dawn of the Buffalo.
Been following Donna the Buffalo since Positive Friction - see them at MerleFest occasionally . Love it!
gyancy
Love the name; Excellent Music!
adouglasx2
The love of my life turned me onto Donna and I have been grateful ever since! I really look forward to seeing them in person at a festival with my girl. She's the best and so is Donna!

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