Donna the Buffalo
is an American band from Trumansburg
, New York
. They play several musical styles: zydeco
, country rock
. They play both originals (primarily written by Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins) and covers
. Donna the Buffalo's music is often sociopolitical in nature, calling for peace and justice. Other songs refer to timeless themes, such as love, birth and death.
The band plays primarily in the Midwest and on the East Coast of the United States. The followers of the group are called The Herd.
Donna the Buffalo is the founding and host band 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, NY.
- Tara Nevins - vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, washboard
- Jeb Puryear - lead guitar, vocals
- Tom Gilbert - drums
- David McCracken - keyboards
- Jay Sanders - bass
Songwriting duties are generally split between Nevins and Puryear. Past members have included keyboardists Joe Thrift, Richie Stearns and Kathy Ziegler, drummers Shane Lamphier and Jimmy Triplett, as well as guitarist 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.
- 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)