Donna Jean first met the Tricksters at the Gathering of the Vibes festival. Donna Jean recalls how she was first impressed by the kind of people they were. Later, she was impressed with the way they played her songs, and by their own songwriting and range. They decided to give musical union a shot, and what has come of that she describes as Southern groove roots with a backbeat, as well as intensive jams. Their self-titled debut was released January 29 on Dig (part of the Rykodisc network).
"The good thing about this band is that we have so many songwriters," says Donna Jean. "We have seven members in this band, so we have seven songwriters [and] seven lead singers. So, we are not at a loss for material and a range in what we can do vocally. It opened up arenas for me vocally, and stimulated me vocally to where we can really do more than I've ever been able to do. For instance, three people can sing a line and four people can answer. Or we can almost have a choir sound because we have so many singers. On this CD we really incorporated that but we've only scratched the surface of what we can do vocally."