Donna the Buffalo with The Brothers Comatose

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 8:30pm
Event Time: 
$13 Advance
$15 Door

On Thursday, November 8, the CCPA and KRVM proudly welcome Donna the Buffalo with special guests The Brothers Comatose.

Donna the Buffalo is on an extensive series of fall tour. The group has been in the studio this spring and summer working on a forthcoming 10th album and will be performing new songs on the upcoming tour. The group is heading out West for the first time in a few years. They complete the West Coast tour in Eugene, Portland and Seattle.

Donna the Buffalo's feel-good, groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music began over twenty years ago with roots in old time fiddle music and has evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Donna the Buffalo is known for remaining fiercely independent as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands.

Edd Hurt with the Nashville Scene states, "Folkies with a superior sense of rhythm are rare enough, but folkies with a good beat and a healthy disrespect for eclectic clichés are a national treasure...they make music that’s beautiful but never prettified."

Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear on guitar and vocals; Tara Nevins on fiddle, guitar, accordion, scrubboard and vocals; keyboardist Dave McCracken; bassist Kyle Spark; and drummer Mark Raudabaugh.

Encore says DTB has, "earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today.”

The dynamic songwriting tandem of vocalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have penned over 180 songs in their collaboration with DTB and have many more in the making. Although never writing a set list for a live show, the Erie Times notes, "they stick to a pattern...usually alternating between Puryear’s rhythmic, Dylan-influenced, guitar-centered songs and Nevins’ breezy, melodic, accordion-driven gems.”

Donna the Buffalo has released nine albums and are affiliated with several others, including a Puryear’s 2007 solo album Hopes and Dreams and a 2003 release, Wait Til Spring, with Jim Lauderdale. The band's 2008 release Silverlined, on Sugar Hill, rose to #8 on the Americana Music Chart. In 2011 Nevins released Wood and Stone, produced by Larry Campbell in Levon Helm Studios in on Sugar Hill Records as her first solo album since Mule to Ride in 1999.

Donna the Buffalo's fervent 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.

Puryear declares, "The main thing I like to say about The Herd is that you don’t have to do anything to be a member. You just have to like a song."

When asked what new people should look forward to experiencing at a show, Nevins replied, “a really friendly, comfortable crowd, and a real community-oriented, positive experience.”

Over the years and through their travels, Donna the Buffalo as a band and its individual members have had the opportunity to play music with and/or record with musicians such as Jim Lauderdale, Preston and Keith Frank, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Bill Kreutzmann, Peter Rowan, Del McCoury, Leftover Salmon, Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick, Abigail Washburn, The Avett Bothers,  Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Mamadou Diabate, Los Lobo, Rusted Root, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo, The Duhks and Amy Helm, just to name a few.

With over twenty years to celebrate, hundreds of gigs ahead of them, and an ever-evolving grassroots sound, it’s time to hear Donna the Buffalo at the WOW Hall and join The Herd.



As a testament to their skillful energy, the Brothers Comatose have already played major festivals including the esteemed Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Strawberry Festival and High Sierra.  On the new album, Respect The Van, their music is not a wavering mélange of assorted styles, but decided and strong bluegrass-influenced folk rock. 

As for the name, only a brother could pick it out by observing his sibling.  Guitarist and vocalist Ben said when brother Alex Morrison (banjo and vocals) goes into a trancelike state while playing his banjo, “his eyes roll back in his head like he’s in a coma.” 

It’s certainly not indicative of their music, which doesn’t have any of the indulgent noodling breaks characterized by other string based bands – though the musicianship is solidly there, it’s given with a communal and inclusive spirit to sing and dance along to.  Now, at live shows, the San Francisco band is known for handing out chopsticks to the audience for participatory percussion on whatever surface is closest.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8:30 pm and showtime is 9:00.