Vintage Guitar:

“Multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, both ace guitarists, split vocals and writing for this band that’s country, old-timey, rock and roll, and well, just all around great. Best tune? Pick any one.”


“For the dizzying array of styles and genres with which they work, Donna The Buffalo maintain a surprising level of consistency. The New York-based band has played around with folk, bluegrass, zydeco, and many other musical ideas over the course of their 25-year career, but they retain a sharp focus that has helped them create some truly lasting music.”

Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst:

“I first encountered DtB at MerleFest in the late 1990s. They were to me an unknown band with a weird name in the dance tent. I got seduced by Tara Nevins’ accordion and swishy beats and next thing I knew I was soaked with sweat and losing myself. They’re the EDM of Americana.“

Al Kooper, The Morton Report:

“Every time I see a poster for a summer rock festival, no matter what part of the world it’s in, this band is listed to perform. They have been around and ticket holders seem to enjoy them, or their manager promotes festivals all over the world. This is a good example of what they do and I’m buying about 70% of what they do. That’s a high percentage nowadaze for a fickle fellow like me.”

CMT Edge, Craig Shelburne:

“Next time Donna the Buffalo throws a house party, I definitely want to go. After decades on the festival scene, this energetic band has acquired a super-dedicated fan base known as the Herd — and at some point…I would love to see them all bopping along with [I Love My Tribe’s] irresistible chorus.”

The Nashville Scene:

“They’ve got some real chops in just about every department.”

Erie Times, Dave Richards:

“Short of a full-blown tent-revival, few touring bands are as joyful as Donna the Buffalo”

Bonehook, Dave Burn:

“Donna The Buffalo plays a form of Americana dance music… Not a lot of bands confidently and capably deal with the ever-present need for love and beauty in our lives. Yet, these needs are fundamental to the human condition. You’d think they would be at the center of not just art, but politics and commerce too.”

Metroland, Woodstock, NY:

“Donna the Buffalo might be the textbook definition of a homegrown band. For over 20 years, the Ithaca-based quintet have toured incessantly, recorded 10 albums and coordinated the Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg—all without ever really registering on the mainstream radar. Which is just how their fans, ‘the Herd,’ prefer it. The band’s blend of folk, rock and zydeco is hugely approachable, making DtB shows a little more like family-friendly backyard parties than concert events.”

Planet Jackson Hole, Aaron Davis:

“The hippy-ish quintet from central New York has a joyful vibe, a hip-shaking zydeco pulse, and hopeful, mellow lyrics that have crusaded through 10 studio albums since 1989. They are not an exploratory jamband as they’ve often been categorized, but rather jam to serve the song on a collective platform. And while the band is also not from the South, their early inspirations come from the old-time music festivals of the region that brought communities together. That ‘get together’ populism is what has kept the band touring the nation for over 25 years.”

Cleveland Scene:

“Considering the diverse genres that the band draws upon and the freewheeling manner in which it interprets them — particularly with Nevins’ Emmylou Harris/Dolly Parton/Natalie Merchant warble and Puryear’s laconic Buddy Miller delivery — the group has become a rootsy fave within the jam community. The beauty of Donna’s presentation and the secret of their success and longevity is the purely organic way they weave genres together without diluting them. Many bands can’t generate this kind of enthusiasm and energy in half as much time and with half as many albums that Donna the Buffalo have over twenty-something years and ten studio albums.”

New Haven Register:

“Donna the Buffalo is quite simply one of the groovin’est bands in America, a bona-fide American institution.”

Times Union, Saratoga Springs NY:

“Donna the Buffalo founders Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins were mixing deep string band roots with rock ‘n’ roll long before it became the hip thing to do. Both came up in an atmosphere rich in traditional fiddle tunes and old-time dance numbers, and both fused those elements with the big beat of the day. The result is a well-respected band that fills the floor at every gig, moving dedicated fans — collectively known as the Herd — as much with its sense of purpose and community service as with its undeniably infectious music. As founders of the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, in Trumansburg, and the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, in Silk Hope, N.C., the band has become a sort of traveling festival all its own.”

Charleston Scene:

“Initially inspired by Appalachian string music, they’ve since incorporated folk, pop, soul, zydeco, and psychedelic rock. Meanwhile, Jeb Puryear’s reedy tenor and Tara Nevins’ husky comely croon complement each other with their earthy charm, yet as songwriters they each possess their own distinct character.”

Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst:

“Donna The Buffalo is from central New York state, not Louisiana, but this widely loved quintet has woven that joyful, hip-shaking zydeco pulse into the DNA of its sound, and leaders Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have wrapped that core vibe with hopeful, mellow lyrics.”

Erie Times-News, Dave Richards:

“They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-present fiddle and accordion. Puryear’s songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like way with lyrics.”

High Times, Tyler Devin Curtis:

“The Buffalo’s sound of Zydeco mixed along with Americana roots created an active dancing environment that brought their fans, known as ‘the herd,’ to the rail for a solid set of originals.”

Diginsider, Howard Blumenthal:

“They’re authentic, deeply rooted, and seem to be having a whole lot of fun. They seem to get the commercial thing–this music is neither experimental nor challenging–but they’ve managed to keep their integrity, to stay just to the side of the commercial craziness of the music business.”

All Music:

“This set [Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday]…highlights everything this consistent band does, and it has a warm, live-sounding production… The end result is one of Donna the Buffalo’s best outings…This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.”

Yes Weekly! Ryan Snyder:

“What can be said about Donna the Buffalo that hasn’t already been said about Michael Gondry films?” [Gondry is an academy award winning filmmaker with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, etc.]

The Nashville Scene, Edd Hurt:

“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.”

Nanoburgh, Saratogo Springs:

“Donna the Buffalo’s live performances are the true heart of the matter and the source of all the love from The Herd and the summer festival masses around the continent. The shows bring together an interesting mix of young and old, traditionalists and Jam Band Nation, folkies and rockers. Happy feet run wild and wide smiles rule the night.”

The New Yorker:

“The groovy upstate jam band Donna the Buffalo displays a streak of Americana in its music.”

Diginsider, Howard Blumenthal:

“On every album, there’s a great feel for Americana, healthy doses of country and bluegrass, an old-timey sensibility when it feels right, pure form rock n’ roll, bits of soul and funk. It all comes together with a superior sense of how it all ought to be arranged and presented.”

New Haven Register, Mark Zaretsky:

“For more than two decades, the Trumansburg, N.Y.-based band has woven a colorful, eclectic mix of old-time bluegrass, Cajun and zydeco, folk, reggae, dusty Americana and San Francisco organ jam-band rock’n’ roll into a warm, dance-all-night vibe that is uniquely and purely its own.”

Jason Notte, Colorado Springs Independent:

“Much like the festival it founded, Donna the Buffalo is a big tent of Americana packing in as many converts as possible. Nevins and songwriting partner Jeb Puryear have knocked out more than 180 songs; they add accordion when a tune needs Louisiana flavor, strings when they want more country, and even extra minutes when 11- to 16-minute songs like ‘Seems to Want to Hurt This Time’ and ‘Push Comes to Shove’ need room to breathe. As a result, Donna the Buffalo’s been labeled as a Cajun, bluegrass and even jam band at various points. None of those descriptions have fallen too wide of the mark.”

Michael Hamad,

“Playing a style of American roots music they’ve perfected and made their own, and the Herd — DTB’s enormous legion of fans — keeps on growing.”

Encore, Bethany Turner:

“They are both before and ahead of their time; both channeling classic, timeless Americana musicians while forging the trail for artists to come, mixing the rootsy genre with reggae-like rhythms. Considering their background & their influences, Donna the Buffalo’s melting pot of music is not surprising.”

Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst:

“Donna The Buffalo is from central New York state, not Louisiana, but this widely loved quintet has woven that joyful, hip-shaking zydeco pulse into the DNA of its sound, and leaders Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have wrapped that core vibe with hopeful, mellow lyrics.”


Stephen King lists Donna the Buffalo’s song “There’s No Place Like the Right Time” as one of his top 20 songs with Entertainment Weekly with the Stephen King fan club saying donna is “an alt-country group, and here, lead singer Tara Nevins sounds like the second coming of Stevie Nicks.”
[There is also a character in King’s Under The Dome that is wearing a DtB shirt on page 359.], Brian Robbins:

“A fine example of a band continuing to evolve while maintaining a sound and vibe that they basically nailed from the very beginning….the band’s one-of-a-kind sound has remained immediately recognizable; and you have to figure that it’s Nevins’ and Puryear’s presence that makes the Buffalo be.”

Charleston Scene, Matthew Godbey:

“A band surviving the cruel, unforgiving music biz machine for more than a few years is a feat in itself, but to survive for two decades is relatively unheard of. Donna the Buffalo is one of those mythical survivors. A band that has flown under the radar as well as above it, one that exists as much as a storied ghost as it does an accessible legend.”

The Bluegrass Situation:

“…This new effort revels in the kind of rousing enthusiasm that’s made the Donnas such festival favorites in recent years. The uninitiated ought to take note –Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday is as its title implies, the kind of album destined to make an everlasting impression.”

Washington Post:

“Toe-tapping country music”

Relix, Fady Kahill:

[Tonight Tomorrow and Yesterday] “proves to be a near perfect listening experience.”

Maximum Ink:

“Bouncing between Cajun-baked hoedowns, bayou squeezebox teasers and calico mountaintop jamborees, DtB’s roots-riddled country-rock hops, skips and boogies, roasted and bolstered by smokin’ blues organ, slippery hillbilly fiddle and funky electric-guitar. Lively, laidback swamp-water blossoms arranged around frisky epiphanies, Tonight, plants home-grown peace and love in flower-powered honky-tonk whose rockin’ good-will two-steps between groovy patchouli zydeco and tasty jam-band reggae.”

Twangville, Shawn Underwood:

We’ve all had this experience. You’re in a park or at a music festival, with song in the air. You look around and there’s some giant of a man dancing with a tiny child. All their cares in the world being twirled away into the sunshine. You just grin, whether at the silliness of the adult or the carefree nature of the child. That’s the kind of emotion the latest album from Donna the Buffalo, Tonight, Tomorrow, and Yesterday, elicits… “They can brighten up the bluest of days and the addition of a cut or two will improve any party playlist.”

Wildman Steve Radio:

“Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday goes beyond being a good album, it captures all that makes Donna The Buffalo one of the most fun and electrifying bands on the concert circuit today.”

The Alternate Root, Danny McCloskey:

“Cajun is the main spice in the music of Donna The Buffalo, but the ingredient melds with flavors of Bluegrass, Country and Delta grooves.”

Eugene Weekly, Brian Palmer:

“If a group makes it to the 25-year mark they must be doing something right, but with Donna the Buffalo you can argue that they are doing a lot of things right. Between having two harmonious and charismatic lead writers and singers — Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear — a way of writing songs that is simultaneously personal and universal and a knack for combining various elements of the roots music world together, this group is consistently engaging.”

-Erie Times-News, Dave Richards:

They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-present fiddle and accordion. Puryear’s songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like way with lyrics.”

Jamsplus Media:

“The kid in everyone comes out once the Buffalo’s start playing on stage. Though they only have one drummer everyone dances to the beat of their own drummer and it is truly a joyous occasion. Jeb Puryear’s voice makes every song seem like he is preaching the most heavenly of gospels. His messages in the songs he sings carry with you after their set is over and you cannot help but get caught up in the emotions being portrayed through the speakers. Donna the Buffalo’s spirit is a true testament to what the Spirit
of Suwannee Music Park is all about.”

Upstate Live, Kimberly Zesky:

“The sounds of the fiddle, accordion washboard, tambourine, electric guitar and keyboard all combine to bring the audience satisfying sounds and a combination of truly loved genres. The event demanded the kicking off of boots, swirling of skirts and swilling of suds. Smiles were all around and the warm feeling of a family created was everywhere.”

Broward Palm Beach Times:

“Donna’s groove is infectious, hypnotic and wholesome, subtly incorporating trance, reggae, and pop qualities into a sound which is Americana first and foremost. It is rootsy music offered by deep, sensitive players. At times they could be described as Mazzy Star, sped up and minus the echo, with an emphasis on allowing grooves to develop, peak, and come to rest.”

Jim Fischer, This Week:

“Donna the Buffalo plays some of the funkiest fiddle music you’re likely ever to encounter.”

News Leader:

“DtB has a “trait of finding irresistible grooves and bringing smiles to the faces of the audience members… will send everyone home fully entertained and happier than when they arrived”


“There aren’t many bands in the music scene today who have been together for over 20 years, who have developed a devoted following that band together to celebrate them, and who have created a successful, lasting music festival promoting a diverse range of music. But Donna the Buffalo have done all of the above.”

Ryan Whirty, Rochester City Paper:

“With more than 20 years of experience, impeccable musicianship, and uplifting, heady music, Donna the Buffalo has become one of the premier Americana and roots-rock outfits on the eastern seaboard, if not the whole country.”

Venus Locket, Rochester Examiner:

“Donna the Buffalo was formed in neighboring town Ithaca in 1987 which gives them the old-school sincerity as well as the ability to be flexible and grown and adapt their sound with the times….the music is both soothing and socially conscious; an attractive combination for a large majority of music buffs. They perform original music and covers on the subjects of: love, depression, pain, hope, spirituality and a host of others which reels in fans by connecting to the core of the human experiences, both positive and negative.”