Donna the Buffalo - Positive Friction

Positive Friction

Donna the Buffalo


Sugar Hill Records, Inc.
PO Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717-5300

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price

If you like your music with a hot twang and little spice, this is for you. Donna the Buffalo is a band that blends music from the worlds of folk, country, old-timey, bluegrass, zydeco, reggae, rock, and Cajun. In their music echoes the tones of the Stanley Brothers and Gram Parsons, of Bob Marley and The Band. Their roadmap of musical influences stretches far and wide. They are at once steeped in the traditional music of Appalachia and connected to the musical influences of today.

Their music is in a groove all its own. While my orientation to music is decidedly acoustic, I could not help but get caught up in the pull of this group. They draw you with them on their musical mission. And before you know it, your toes are tapping, your feet are moving and you have become one with their music. Yes, it's really like that.

Positive Friction successfully captures the essence of this band the connection they make with the listener. It is produced by Jeffrey Lesser, who has produced albums by everyone from Lou Reed to the Chieftains. Whether it's the Celtic timbre of Tara Nevins or the edgy voice of guitarist Jeb Puryear, the vocals carry the music with the backing of a mix of guitar, keyboard, fiddle, accordion, drums, bass, keyboards and percussion. No matter how much music you've heard in your life, Donna the Buffalo is surely one of a kind.

Tired of country music that comes in a can? Weary of samples, reissues and the same old stuff? Donna the Buffalo has the cure.

Track List:

  • No Place Like the Right Time (Tara Nevins)
  • Movin' On (Jeb Puryear)
  • Yonder (Tara Nevins)
  • Riddle Of The Universe (Jeb Puryear)
  • Front Porch (Tara Nevins)
  • In Another World (Jeb Puryear)
  • Revolution (Jeb Puryear)
  • Family Picture (Tara Nevins)
  • Positive Friction (Jeb Puryear)
  • Man Of Constant Sorrow (P.D.)
  • I Wish You Love (Tara Nevins)
  • Arrows Pointing Sideways
  • Your Way Home (Jeb Puryear)

Edited by David N. Pyles

Copyright 2000, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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