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).
Donna the Buffalo tour dates:
(Dates subject to change)
|July 10||New York, NY||Rockin the River Cruise|
|July 11||Syracuse, NY||Empire Brew Fest|
|July 15||Erie, PA||8 Great Tuesdays|
|July 16||Ithaca, NY||Ithaca Commons|
|July 17-20||Trumansburg, NY||Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival|
|July 24||Floyd, VA||Floyd Fest|
|August 1||Empire, MI||Dunegrass|
|August 2||Comstock Park, MI||Silver Maple Music Festival|
|August 8||Rochester, NY||Band on the Bricks|
|August 9||Saranac Lake, NY||Mountain Music Meltdown|
|August 15-17||Ottawa, ON||Folk Festival|
|August 20||Lewiston, NY||ArtPark|
|August 31||Ninigret, RI||Rhythm & Roots Festival|
|September 5||New York, NY||Blender Theater|
|September 6||Greenfield, MA||Franklin County Fair|
|September 12||New Haven, CT||Connecticut State Folk Fest|
|September 17||Raleigh, NC||Lincoln Theatre|
|September 18||Charlotte, NC||Visulite Theatre|
|September 19||Atlanta, GA||Variety Playhouse|
|September 20||St. Petersburg, FL||Jannus Landing|
|September 25||Kent, OH||The Kent Stage|
|September 26||Millvale, PA||Mr Smalls Theatre|
|September 27||Falls Church, VA||State Theatre|
|October 9-12||Silk Hope, NC||Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival|
|October 17||Black Mountain, NC||The LEAF Feastival|