Donna the Buffalo (Sawtelle Room)
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. Some long-time fans still refer to the band as "Dawn of the Buffalo", the proposed group name before a slurred overture by an intoxicated M.C. dubbed them Donna the Buffalo to which the name stuck. Their dedicated 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.
The group’s core are vocalists Tara Nevins, who plays fiddle, guitar, accordion, and scrubboard, and guitarist Jeb Puryear. Keyboardist Dave McCracken, bassist Kyle Spark, and drummer Vic Stafford complete the ensemble. The dynamic songwriting tandem of Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have penned over 150 songs in their collaboration with DTB, and they show no signs of slowing down. They are known for touring the country remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands and have earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today.
"Donna the Buffalo is in the enviable position of being a homegrown entity, a group that finds itself outside the coloring lines of the accepted formula, a formula that is now in the past tense...People doing what they love, and better, sharing that passion to the benefit of the public, is the strongest business formula ever written. Donna the Buffalo is living proof of that." states Beat Magazine.
Edd Hurt with the Nashville Scene writes, "Folkies with a superior sense of rhythm are rare enough, but folkies with a good beat and a healthy disrespect for eclectic cliches are a national treasure....they’ve never sounded better..."