Donna the Buffalo
Donna the Buffalo
At the Festival International 2010 in Lafayette, Louisiana
|Also known as||Dawn of the Buffalo|
|Origin||New York, USA|
|Genres||Zydeco, folk rock, country rock, reggae, bluegrass|
|Associated acts||BK3, Jim Lauderdale|
|Past members||Joe Thrift|
The band name was suggested as "Dawn of the Buffalo" by a musician friend of the band; it was misheard as "Donna the Buffalo", and over twenty years later they are still "Donna the Buffalo". The followers of the group are called The Herd, a self-organized "tribe" of people who found each other at the group's live events.
Donna the Buffalo is one of the founding and host bands of the annual Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance along with the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and headliners at The Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, New York. Donna the Buffalo was featured in On The Bus, a documentary co-directed by Dave Sale.
Donna the Buffalo has performed and/or recorded with a variety of musicians, including such prominent folk/roots performers as Jim Lauderdale, father and son Zydeco masters Preston and Keith Frank, Bela Fleck, Mamadou Diabate, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo, The Duhks and Amy Helm, to name a few. In 2009, Tara Nevins toured with former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's band BK3.
- Tara Nevins - vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, accordion, washboard, occasional backup vocals, tambourine.
- Jeb Puryear - electric guitar, occasional pedal steel, rare backup vocals, vocals
- Mark Raudabaugh - drums
- David McCracken - electric keyboard, organ
- Kyle Spark - electric bass, backing vocals
Songwriting duties are generally split between Nevins and Puryear. Past members have included keyboardists Joe Thrift, Richie Stearns and Kathy Ziegler, drummers Tom Gilbert, Shane Lamphier and Jimmy Triplett, as well as guitarist and frequent vocalist Jim Miller. Jeb's brother, Jordon Puryear, played bass for the group for a while, as did Jed Greenberg. As of July 5, 2007 Jay Sanders replaced Bill Reynolds on bass, followed in Jan 2010 by Kyle Spark.
- The White Tape (1989)
- The Red Tape (1991)
- Donna the Buffalo (a.k.a. The Purple One) (1993)
- The Ones You Love (1996)
- Rockin' In the Weary Land (1998)
- Positive Friction (2000)
- Live From the American Ballroom (2001)
- Life's A Ride (2005)
- Silverlined (2008)
- Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday (2013)
- Dance in the Street (2018)
- interview with Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, The Americana Music Show, episode 147, released July 8, 2013