Posts Tagged ‘Donna the Buffalo’

Dead to the World 6/5/13

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Gimme Some Lovin’->
Greatest Story Ever Told
West L.A. Fadeaway
My Brother Esau->
Stagger Lee
Little Red Rooster
Tennessee Jed->
Looks Like Rain->
Don’t Ease Me In
Grateful Dead 12/30/85 Oakland Coliseum Arena

Working on ThatDonna the Buffalo, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday

Turn On Your Lovelight – Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 6 (12/20/69)
DisconnectedRumpke Mountain Boys, Trashgrass
Sun Follows MeTumbleweed Wanderers, Library Sessions
I Want to Be LuckyPharis and Jason Romero, Long Gone Out West Blues

My weekend at Shakori Hills and MvA’s wedding

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I was sitting in my hotel room in Siler City NC when I got a text message from Bobby Miller. “You go on at 11:30. Stage manager asked me to tell you.”

It was 10:49, and Siler City is a good half an hour from the festival.

I had no idea I had a mainstage set at 11:30. I thought I was doing a looping workshop at 5:30 and a set in the Cabaret tent at 9:15.

I leapt up, threw all my stuff in the car, and headed over. Fortunately the line of cars to get in was short, and I was able to jump the artist check-in line to get my wristband and parking pass. Jammed over to the mainstage,
thanked Bobby profusely for saving my life, set up my stuff, and we were playing live at 11:30 sharp.

Half my rig wasn’t working: the “acoustic” guitar side. I played the set in “electric” mode, which made things interesting.

It took me a few minutes to get my head straight and become present with the music, my mandolin-pickin’ partner, and the audience, but I think it was a good set.

I didn’t record that set, nor the Cabaret set. I hope someone did!

Musically, this was most satisfying. The looping workshop was great fun, although it ended prematurely when the mist turned to rain and my gear started getting wet.

I turned in early Saturday night, missing Donna the Buffalo altogether (except for their set with Preston Frank, which was of course delightful) so I could get in the road at 8am. I made it to Decatur in plenty of time for Mark van Allen‘s wedding, which was followed by a humongous jam at Eddie’s Attic. I ran out of steam and headed for bed just a few minutes before midnight, after almost five hours of music. There were still a few performers waiting to go on. What a day!

One of the workers at Shakori Hills told me he thought the staff vote was more-or-less “unanimous” last fall to invite me back, and he thinks I will be invited back again. I sure hope so: Shakori Hills is as musician-, family-, and earth-friendly a scene as you could possibly imagine. All that and Tom’s Sugar Shack, too! (Although I did not partake of the Veggie Thing nor French Toast this time around.)

P.S. This note, from the Shakori Hills web site:

You may have heard about our efforts to own the land we call Shakori Hills. Owning the land will make it easier to make improvements and to claim it as “our own.” Ours, meaning yours, everyone’s. If you have an interest in helping us with this endeavor, please feel free to write or call us at 919-542-1746.

I made a donation at the festival and I am going to contact them about getting some national attention for the campaign. Even if you have never been to Shakori Hills, and even if you may never get there, I believe it is a worthy cause to support because this is a model event for our style of music festival – and for public gatherings in general. now that I think of it.

P.P.S. Bobby Miller, Jay Sanders, some other friends, and I are playing four shows in North Carolina this week. Deatils on my web page. And Bobby is finishing up a CD that I think you’re gonna like; he leaked a mix of “She Said She Said” to me last week and I was delighted!

Some Magfest highlights

Monday, October 26th, 2009

So many fun moments in this amazing MagnoliaFest weekend. Here’s the music we made with Donna the Buffalo in the closing set Sunday night (10/25/09):

Fennario (Pretty Peggy-O) – Donna the Buffalo with DG
Day Tripper/Satisfaction
– DTB with Rubber Souldiers (DG, Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan)

More music to come!

BK3 with Tara: videos

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo is on tour with BK3. Dr. David Berger pointed me to these videos:

If You Only Could

He’s Gone

That’s all I’ve watched so far. There are more!

BK3 + Tara Nevins!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

This just in:

Tara Nevins [of Donna the Buffalo] will be a special guest performing with BK3 on upcoming dates.

BK3 is Bill Kreutzmann‘s trio. As a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Bill has played drums at every one of the Grateful Dead’s shows. Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) and Scott Murawski (Max Creek) will be joining on guitar and bass.

29 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
30 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
31 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam

3 Richmond, VA The National
4 Carrborro, NC Cat’s Cradle
5 Charleston, SC Music Farm
6 Live Oak, FL Wannee Festival

Donna the Buffalo webcasts this weekend

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Come get your post-election Donna The Buffalo fix! The kind folks with Have You Herd Radio are video recording Donna the Buffalo shows this weekend and streaming live!

Friday Nov 07 Castaways – Ithaca, NY
Saturday Nov 08 Waterstreet Music Hall – Rochester, NY

Both shows with opening act Who You Are
doors open at 8pm
show starts at 9pm

The Video will be webcast at, which will be open sometime after 7pm est. There is a limited number of slots for viewers, so you may want to log in early. If you have problems tuning in, you can get live assistance in the chat room.

There will also be an audio only webcast of both shows @ www. for those of you that have trouble streaming the video.

Donna the Buffalo
From Cajun to country, reggae to improv, zydeco boogie to roots-rock riot, Donna the Buffalo aims for the best of what music has to offer.

Their singular sound features upbeat grooves, inspirational lyrics, memorable hooks, superb musicianship and an overwhelming sense of celebration. They’re an American institution, socially conscious yet eternally danceable.

17-year career. 100,000 records sold. 100 gigs a year. 15,000 attendees at the 2004 Grassroots Festival. No, this is not a MasterCard commercial. It’s just that numbers don’t hold a lot of value for Donna the Buffalo. For this eclectic upstate New York band, success isn’t quantitative. It isn’t being in constant rotation on Top 40 radio stations or video networks. It isn’t how much money’s rolling in or even how many people are in the band. “We just do what we do. And it’s a very natural thing. It’s a thing we find joy in and it’s a lifestyle that we’ve pursued for… ever,” says guitarist/vocalist Jeb Puryear, one of the band’s two primary songwriters. “We don’t manipulate any of our circumstances for the market.” That includes the band’s sound, which piles reggae, rock, country, zydeco, Cajun, and folk on top of old-time fiddle music to create a combination best described as original American dance music. “The thing about our music is that as eclectic as it is, it is also very accessible,” fellow songwriter Tara Nevins (fiddle, accordion, scrubboard, guitar and vocals) says. “It’s simple, straight-forward, melody-oriented and easy to take in.”

Donna the Buffalo on tour

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Donna the Buffalo kicks off the SILVERLINED Fall Tour today in Philadelphia.

4 Thu – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live – Downstairs
5 Fri – New York, NY – Blender Theatre at Gramercy
6 Sat – Greenfield, MA – Franklin County Fair
11 Thu – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
12 Fri – New Haven, CT – Folk Festival
13 Sat – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
17 Wed – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
18 Thu – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
19 Fri – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
20 Sat – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
25 Thu – Kent, OH – Kent Stage
26 Fri – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
27 Sat – Falls Church, VA – State Theatre

9 Thu – Silk Hope, NC – Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Site
10 Fri – Silk Hope, NC – Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Site
11 Sat – Silk Hope, NC – Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Site
12 Sun – Silk Hope, NC – Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Site
17 Fri – Black Mountain, NC – The Leaf
18 Sat – Huntsville, AL – Crossroads
19 Sun – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre
22 Wed – Greenville, SC – The Handlebar
23 Thu – Charleston, SC – Pour House
24 Fri – Live Oak, FL – Magnolia Fest
25 Sat – Live Oak, FL – Magnolia Fest

7 Fri – Johnson City, NY – Magic City Music Hall
8 Sat – Rochester, NY – Water St. Music Hall
14 Fri – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
15 Sat – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
16 Sun – Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe
19 Wed – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
20 Thu – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
21 Fri – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

10 Wed – State College, PA – State Theatre
12 Fri – Troy, NY – Revolution Hall
13 Sat – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
30 Tue – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
31 Wed – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

Boston Globe likes Silverlined

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Steve Morse reviews the new Donna the Buffalo CD, Silverlined:

Donna the Buffalo is hard to categorize but easy to like. You’ve got to love … this group for its first-rate variety, spanning wry Americana, country-reggae, Cajun, and offbeat alt-rock that evokes occasional comparisons to Cake…. Both [Tara] Nevins and [Jeb] Puryear are unusually intelligent writers and their standards remain high.

Read the whole review.

Grateful Dead Hour #1032

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Week of June 30, 2008

Part 1 31:50
Grateful Dead 2/26/77 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino CA

Part 2 24:05
Grateful Dead 2/26/77 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino CA
Donna Jean and the Tricksters (unreleased studio track)
Donna the Buffalo, Silverlined

The Grateful Dead went to southern California early in 1977 to record an album with big-time producer Keith Olsen, who had made a huge name for himself by producing the 1975 breakthrough album by Fleetwood Mac. The Dead had some very interesting new material, plus a new arrangement of an old favorite, “Dancin’ in the Streets,” and Bob Weir’s powerful interpretation of Reverend Gary Davis’ “Samson and Delilah,” which debuted when the Dead returned to touring in June of 1976 after a 20-month hiatus. This 2/26/77 show was the first concert the Dead played after spending several weeks in the studio, and I think you can hear it in the clarity and dynamics of their performance. This was the public’s first exposure to a pair of Grateful Dead masterpieces – Hunter and Garcia’s “Terrapin Station,” which opened the show, and Bob Weir and John Barlow’s “Estimated Prophet.” The rest of the set is pretty damn fine, too, as you’ll hear over the next few weeks.

Also in this program are two tracks from a new studio CD by Donna the Buffalo, Silverlined, and a sweet new studio single of “Till the Morning Comes” – which originally appeared on the Grateful Dead’s 1970 studio masterpiece American Beauty – from Donna Jean and the Tricksters. From the DJ&T web site:

Dear DJ&tT-heads:
As you may have heard, the band recently recorded the song “Till the Morning Comes” – call your local station and tell them to play it! Meantime, we’re in a situation in which we REALLY want to include it with the debut CD, but since there are physical CDs out there in stores and such, we can’t, immediately. Sooo this is what we’ve worked out. If you buy the digital album online, you’ll get the new song automatically. If you buy the CD in a store after July 1st, you can download “Till the Morning Comes” for free. You should find a coupon in the CD that tells you what to do – and if not, email us at, and we’ll tell you how to do it. If you just want the new song, you can buy that one too as a download. Either way, remember to support live music of all kinds, especially Donna Jean and the Tricksters!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the release of Road Trips volume 1 number 3. Summer ’71 has a full CD of music from July 31 ’71 at the Yale Bowl and a full disc recorded August 23 of ’71 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, plus liner notes and rare photographs. There’s also a bonus disc with two more tracks from the Yale Bowl, and eight more songs from August 4 and 6, 1971. Information, cover art, reviews and message board are online at

Donna the Buffalo vid

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Dwight Holmes forwarded a the link to this sweet little documentary on Donna the Buffalo, whose new CD Silverlined is about to hit. I’ll be playing a track or two on KPFA tonight.

The hug

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

I went to see the president
He had a bruise on his shoulder where big business places its thumb
His breath was powerful, and he reeked of compromise

– Jeb Puryear (Donna the Buffalo)

Let’s keep this image front and center between now and November:

The Hug

The body language seems creepy to me, and weirdly reminiscent of the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of John and Yoko.*

I wonder about anyone who can embrace George W. Bush, literally or figuratively. I wonder if these two men ever had a conversation about the vicious shit Rove/Bush pulled on McCain in the 2000 campaign; I guess character assassination is just part of the deal, and I suppose McCain just decided to get over it. You know, like Mr Justice Scalia told CBS we should all just get over the 2000 election.

I wonder how a man can turn himself inside out, politically and morally, as John McCain has done. He seems like some kind of flesh-and-blood brochure for a heartless, soulless, murderous enterprise. He punctuates his speeches with a mirthless grin that looks as though he’s switching it on and off with a remote control in his pocket. And what sort of self-loathing would drive a former prisoner of war to defend and promote the torture policies of the Bush administration?

I resist a powerful urge to invest too much hope in Barack Obama. But my loathing for these Republican creeps is powerful, so I will probably be pretty happy even if Obama turns out to be less than we had all hoped for. He has already changed the world just by restoring the honor and dignity of the word compassion.


* I’ve seen the John and Yoko photo in real life: The photographer Stu Levy has it in his fantastic photo collection. (Stu made this image of me. His grid portraits are very cool, and his landscapes are awesome.)

SpringFest photos

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Dwight Holmes forwarded the link to these photos of Sunday, March 30 at the Suwannee SpringFest when Peter and Lorin Rowan, Randy Judy and I joined Donna the Buffalo for a wild “Iko Iko.”

Suwannee SpringFest photos by Amanda Abercrombie

Donna the Buffalo CD pre-order

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Pre-order the latest Donna the Buffalo release now at and automatically be entered to win all-access tickets to The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival this summer in Trumansburg!!

Silverlined (Sugar Hill Records, July 8 release date) was co-produced by Joe Blaney (The Clash, Shawn Colvin) and Mixed by Jim Scott (Lucinda Williams, Dixie Chicks). Guest artists include Bela Fleck, David Hidalgo, Amy Helm, Claire Lynch among others…

Track listing:
1. Temporary Misery
2. Tomorrow Still Knows
3. Locket And Key
4. Garden of Eden
5. Broken Record
6. Meant to Be
7. Biggie K
8. Silverlined
9. The Call
10. Riddle
11. Blue Eyes
12. Beauty Within
13. Forty Days And Forty Nights

Pre-Order “Silverlined” now at for shipment the week of July 8!!!

Donna the Buffalo to release a new CD in July

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Donna the Buffalo are scheduled to release a new CD, reportedly called Silverlined, on Sugar Hill Records. It’s expected to be available in early July.

Photos from Springfest

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Donna the Buffalo and guests
David Gans, Peter Rowan, Lorin Rowan, Tara Nevins

Robert Chrismer posted some photos from the Sunday evening Donna the Buffalo set with Peter Rowan, Lorin Rowan, Randy Judy, and me on “Iko Io.” Big fun! I’m looking for a recording..