Respected roots music band Donna The Buffalo (DTB) is not only celebrating 20 years as a group this year but also the July 8...

Respected roots music band Donna The Buffalo (DTB) is not only celebrating 20 years as a group this year but also the July 8 release of their seventh record, “Silverlined.” The album continues to build on their signature sound — a bedrock of traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country.

Timed with the album’s release, is a summer/fall tour from July 10 to October 17, playing primarily East Coast dates in a variety of settings, including several music festivals. “Silverlined” got off to a big start in its first week on the radio. It was the #1 Most Added record in Americana radio and #5 Most Added at Triple A.

Unlike their last record, “Life’s A Ride,” which was recorded in DTB’s upstate New York home studio, only one “Silverlined” track was recorded there; two were recorded at Yes Master studio in Nashville, TN, 10 at Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC, and several vocal tracks were laid down at Sound Cell Studio in Huntsville, AL. The album was co-produced with–and engineered by– New York-based recording engineer Joe Blaney, whose eclectic list of clients includes Keith Richards and Prince. “Silverlined” also includes the talents of such well-known guests as Bela Fleck, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo and Amy Helm.

Like the Grateful Dead (Deadheads) and Phish (Phishheads), Donna The Buffalo has a fervent fan base, appropriately nicknamed The Herd, who enthusiastically follow the band on the road. The Herd has created a unique and supportive community online and at DTB shows across the nation. As an extension of this community and the band’s own dedication to live roots music, Donna The Buffalo started its own annual event– The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance — in upstate New York, which draws more than 10,000 people every year. This year’s event is July 17-20.


Rounding out DTB with founders Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion) and Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) are Tom Gilbert, drums (11 years with DTB), David McCracken (keyboards) and Jay Sanders, bass (he recently replaced Bill Reynolds who’s off with Band of Horses).

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Donna the Buffalo tour dates:
(Dates subject to change)

July 10New York, NYRockin the River Cruise
July 11Syracuse, NYEmpire Brew Fest
July 15Erie, PA8 Great Tuesdays
July 16Ithaca, NYIthaca Commons
July 17-20Trumansburg, NYFinger Lakes Grass Roots Festival
July 24Floyd, VAFloyd Fest
August 1Empire, MIDunegrass
August 2Comstock Park, MISilver Maple Music Festival
August 8Rochester, NYBand on the Bricks
August 9Saranac Lake, NYMountain Music Meltdown
August 15-17Ottawa, ONFolk Festival
August 20Lewiston, NYArtPark
August 31Ninigret, RIRhythm & Roots Festival
September 5New York, NYBlender Theater
September 6Greenfield, MAFranklin County Fair
September 12New Haven, CTConnecticut State Folk Fest
September 17Raleigh, NCLincoln Theatre
September 18Charlotte, NCVisulite Theatre
September 19Atlanta, GAVariety Playhouse
September 20St. Petersburg, FLJannus Landing
September 25Kent, OHThe Kent Stage
September 26Millvale, PAMr Smalls Theatre
September 27Falls Church, VAState Theatre
October 9-12Silk Hope, NCShakori Hills Grassroots Festival
October 17Black Mountain, NCThe LEAF Feastival

Last Updated on July 10, 2008 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner