For a band that has been playing together and touring for over 20 years, keeping things fresh and interesting is no simple feat. And in the world of folk and fiddle music, stepping outside of established musical boundaries can be hit-or-miss with purists of the genre. However, Donna the Buffalo has made a reputation for themselves by doing things a little bit differently than the rest of the herd. Based out of Trumansburg, N.Y., the band is recognized for its spontaneous performances that can segue from accordion-driven Cajun/zydeco and jammy original rock to reggae to lightning-fast fiddle tunes without a moment’s notice. “Our approach is the same as always: get out there and play as good as we can,” says longtime singer and fiddle player Tara Nevins. “We have never made set lists. We like to play to where we feel a real energy exchange with the audience, that’s when it’s the best.” Nevins is joined on stage by her longtime collaborator and founding band member Jeb Puryear, along with recent additions David McCracken, Vic Stafford, and Kyle Spark. Nevins has just finished recording a new 13-song solo album titled Wood and Stone, which is due out in May on the Sugar Hill record label. The whole band has been recording a new album in Athens, Ga., with engineer John Keane (R.E.M., Widespread Panic).
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