Donna The Buffalo | 12.31.08 | NC

Cyd Frazzini - The Believers
Craig Aspen - The Believers
Tara Nevins - Donna The Buffalo
Jeb Puryear - Donna The Buffalo
Jay Sanders - Donna The Buffalo
Dave McCracken - Donna The Buffalo
Greg Hurtt singing "Auld Lang Syne" with Donna The Buffalo
Welcoming the New Year with Donna The Buffalo

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wspchris Tue 1/6/2009 08:44PM
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Deklen Wed 1/7/2009 07:46AM
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Must have been a great show! Hot tamale baby! I'll disagree with the comment above and say that DtB is excellent. I grew up listening to these guys, and I've noticed some changes that I like - the keys player for one. I don't remember hearing an organ solo until maybe a year ago when they switched.

This band is wonderful, and while I wouldn't exactly tour with them, I would encourage anyone who likes good music to see them any chance they get. GBH 09!!!

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 07:53AM
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I agree with Deklen! DtB is wonderful and it's nice to hear a performance from a band who appreciates Americana/roots music as much as they do. Their show last October at the Pour House in Charleston was wonderful! The Herd is quite cult-ish, I agree, but aren't all touring clubs?

panicpanicpanic! starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 08:03AM
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SilentMark Wed 1/7/2009 08:39AM
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Smittea Wed 1/7/2009 09:24AM
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Tara is not that bad considering she's over 50. Not sure if see through blouses and fishnet stockings is age appropriate though.

Marcsmall Wed 1/7/2009 11:17AM
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rhcooper Wed 1/7/2009 11:56AM
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It is worthy of note that the naysayers here offered no specific reviews of the show which was the subject of the article. It is, therefore, they are in no position (evidentially speaking) to remark about the quality of the band (as described with particularity in the article). My advice to the passerby, therefore, is to ignore such non-specific naysaying and see for yourself. These guys are the real deal and they bring a refreshing vitality onto the live music scene.

mackadocious Wed 1/7/2009 12:04PM
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Asheville is awesome, but the Orange Peel is not. No cocktails served the last time I went, only beer. Between that huge-ass ceiling fan and security, there is no way to enjoy your N.Carolina treefer.

grtwent starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 12:07PM
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Look, music is a taste and some don't like DtB's Americana, zydeco sound that yes, often relies on repetition. The Doors also relied on repetition, but does that make them bad? Donna is a breath of fresh air, full of positivity and consciousness in a jamband scene of testosterone and nonsensical lyrics. They stand for a positive evolution and do so in a creative way with frankly one of the most unique lead guitarists in the history of rock...really...nobody and I mean nobody plays a lead like Jeb. Their music not only lifts one up but can pull at your heartstings and that's more than can be said about 95% of the jamband scene.

krizaster Wed 1/7/2009 12:43PM
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This was alot of fun! The keyboardist was killing it all night, beer was affordable, and the crowd was awesome. Donna the Buffalo were one of the first bands I ever heard at a festival and they always bring the good vibes and good tunes!

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 01:38PM
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The Finger Lakes (NY) were thinking of you cats in Asheville on the New Years Eve. as Napoleon Dynamite would say, "Luckeeeeey".

DtB. Not tDB. Big Difference. ha.

Wishing Donna a blessed 2009. We'll save a spot for ya @ Castaways for ya.

DeliMan starstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 02:49PM
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How is there a review of this and not for JFJO. Their New Year's Show sounded way more interesting than this, even if it was all covers I'd like to hear the review of it

Marcsmall Wed 1/7/2009 03:52PM
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Oh, and they don't even have Jim Miller anymore, who was a huge part of the band.....Joe Thrift was really great on keys too, just laid it down the whole time....Miller sang like 1/2 their songs....and they also don't have Tom on drums or Jed on Bass.....I mean, it's really not even the same band anymore....The Old Skool Donna was fun.....This is something else and i'm just not into it anymore.....Bring back Jim, Jed, Joe, and Tom, and I'll go see them anyday.

thefunknasty Wed 1/7/2009 04:22PM
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I had a rockin time at both shows! It's unfortunate that the author of this article had to bring up anything negative about the fans - aren't there always a few bad apples in a big crowd? Do we really need to comment on something that certainly didn't affect a true fan's good time? Anyone who is going to be distracted by that during an amazing show, should probably stay at home. The only "space-Nazis" I saw, were of the Orange Peel staff when one of them was standing on the toilet in the stall next to me, peering over while I using the restroom. I'm pretty sure that's illegal, but I sure didn't let it put a damper on my New Year's Eve show. Anywho ... THANK YOU DONNA FOR ANOTHER ROCKIN TIME!

funkle Wed 1/7/2009 06:01PM
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I was not at the Donna NYE shows, I've been listening to them for a long time and got to see them two nights in Denver this past November. Jeb and Tara are a huge force in their song writing capabilities, Jebs guitar sound and solos are amazing. I haven't experienced a group that comes off with such a positive vibe and message, that doesn't come off as commercial or even laughable. There definatly is a a very generous, cool vibe pouring off the stage when they hit there groove. My experience was it takes a few songs for them to get rolling, but then step aside...let it roll. The Donna experience is unique and welcome in my book. As for the Herd folk, I have friends in that circle and they brought me in and along for the ride. The group was different then I am used to, but there is a serious family there and they really take care of each other. They welcomed me and my girl and made us feel at home and part of the group. Keep on Truckin Donna! Check out Bonnaroo '02 show if you doubt me.

rainydayman starstarstar Wed 1/7/2009 07:42PM
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Good comments, the funknasty.......those Orange Peel No Fun Nazis are really no fun at all. Looking over bathroom stalls is wrong on so many levels. When they do that to me I usually just smile and say, "Sorry, get your own drugs you parasitic pervert. I didn't bring enough for everyone."

1radioheader Wed 1/7/2009 07:56PM
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Orange peel is a great venue, but the new(ish) security (last 2 years) is some BULLSHIT!!!!!!! . . . .

rainydaywomen420 Thu 1/8/2009 11:48AM
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haha dude on keys with the last name of McCracken. Parasitic pervert, thats good rainyman.

Treetophigh Thu 1/8/2009 12:12PM
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we went to a donna the buffalo new years in florida a few years back

best vibes ever

get off the east coast and hit the midwest though


rainydayman Fri 1/9/2009 02:09PM
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Wouldn't it be weird if their name was really "Dawn of the Buffalo," but everyone kept misunderstanding the name so the band concedes that maybe they really are Donna The Buffalo. That would be weird.

Zarathrusta Sun 1/11/2009 02:56PM
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