Donna the Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo


  • November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $22 advance | $27 door

Touring America since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has earned its reputation as one of the most fun and electric bands on the circuit today. Says All Music Guide, “This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.” Indeed, that sense of belonging is crucial. Donna the Buffalo has always been inspired by the old-time music festivals, most common in the South, that drew entire towns and counties together. “Those festivals were so explosive, with the same sense of community we were shooting for in our music,” says founder Jeb Puryear. “The band’s an extension of the joy we found.”

Based in Upstate New York, Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear on vocals and electric guitar; Tara Nevins on vocals, fiddle, and accordion; David McCracken on keys; Kyle Spark on bass; and Mark Raudabaugh on drums. Ranging from Cajun to raggae, zydeco to bluegrass to old-time fiddle and guitar, the sound they create has been described by Erie Times as “spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities … Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, powered by reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals. Puryear’s tunes accentuate the groove, with exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like lyrics.”

Donna the Buffalo has released ten studio albums, working with esteemed producers like Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale and Rob Fraboni. Don’t miss the Iowa debut of what the New Haven Register calls “quite simply one of the groovin’est bands in America, a bona-fide institution.”

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