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Donna The Buffalo Makes “Everlasting Impression” with New Album,Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Available Now

Donna The Buffalo Makes “Everlasting Impression” with New Album,Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Available Now
25-Year touring veterans head to West Coast for summer tour with stops in multiple major markets
The album catapults to the No. 12 position on the Americana charts at radio this week
[Source: Sugar Hill Records]
Nashville, Tenn. (June 18, 2013) — As they unveil their first new album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, the across-the-board praise from critics proclaims roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo have skillfully assembled a fine set that bolsters their longtime status as a celebrated, exceptionally talented mainstay in Americana music.
Released today, June 18, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday finds Donna the Buffalo more energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career. The follow up to 2008’s acclaimed Silverlined, which reached the Top 10 on the Americana charts, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday—the group’s 10th studio album—proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, their signature sound—traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country—an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such.
Here’s just a sampling of what the press are saying about Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday:
“This set…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.”
– All Music
“…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.”
– The Bluegrass Situation
Tonight plants homegrown peace and love in flower-powered honky-tonk whose rockin’ goodwill two-steps between groovy patchouli zydeco and tasty jam-band reggae.”
– Maximum Ink
“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.”
– CMT Edge
In its first week at Americana radio, the album was No. 2 Most Added. In its second week, the it debuted Top 20 on the Americana radio chart, and this week the album catapulted to No. 12.
The music video for “I Love My Tribe” also enjoyed an exclusive premiere on CMT Edge. Watch the video filmed in and around Nashville–and featuring a cameo from Jim Lauderdale–here.
In support of the new album, Donna the Buffalo has a hefty tour lined up for the summer season, which includes a few weeks on the West Coast. They kick things off at the Red Ants Pants Festival in Montana on July 26 and travel throughout the Northwest before heading for shows at the Mint in Los Angeles and Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA. Saturday, August 8 marks the band’s return to The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, followed by shows in Santa Cruz, Chico and then Utah for appearances in Monroe and Park City. They then perform in Denver before wrapping the tour at Wyoming’s Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival.
Donna the Buffalo West Coast Summer Tour:
Fri 7/26 White Sulphur Springs, MT – Red Ants Pants Festival
Sat 7/27 Spokane, WA – The Center
Sun 7/28 Seattle, WA – The Tractor
Mon 7/29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Tue 7/30 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Thu 8/1 Los Angeles – The Mint
Fri 8/2 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriets
Sat 8/3 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (Presented by Jambase)
Sun 8/4 Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
Mon 8/5 Chico, CA – The Big Room @ The Sierra Nevada
Wed 8/7 Monroe, UT – Mystic Hot Springs
Thu 8/8 Park City, UT – Newpark Town Center
Fri 8/9 Denver, CO – Oriental Theatre
Sat 8/10-11 Alta, WY – Targhee Bluegrass Fest at Grand Targhee
The most up-to-date touring information can be found at www.donnathebuffalo.com/tour-dates.
About Donna the Buffalo
Closing in on the quarter-century mark, Donna the Buffalo–comprised of founding members and songwriter-vocalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins and band members David McCracken, Kyle Spark and Mark Raudabaugh–has developed one of most respected ‘brands’ in the world of touring roots acts, along with a well-deserved reputation for crafting social narratives and danceable grooves without equal. With 10 studio albums under their belt, the band has been praised as having “earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today” (Encore). Led by Puryear and Nevins, Donna the Buffalo marries musical trailblazing and tradition, their music running the gamut of what is defined as “roots music.” Throughout its career the band has traveled millions of miles and spent nearly a quarter of a century performing at the country’s most prestigious festivals and clubs. Their fervent fan base, nicknamed The Herd, follows the band with zeal and has created a unique and supportive community online and at DTB shows across the nation. As an extension of this community and the band’s own dedication to live roots music, Donna the Buffalo started its own annual event—The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance—20 years ago in upstate New York, which draws more than 15,000 people every year, and have since added to the GrassRoots festival family with Shakori Hills in NC and the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Florida. On June 18, 2013, the band released its 10th studio album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, via Sugar Hill Records.
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Mike Aiken’s “Save The Whales” Video Is Pure Americana

Mike Aiken’s “Save The Whales” Video Is Pure Americana

Country Joe McDonald’s Classic Tune Morphs Into 1880s Sea Chantey, Puts Focus On Extinction Issues

Source: So Much Moore Media

Nashville, TN (June 19, 2013) — Mike Aiken’s “Save The Whales” video offers compelling vintage film clips and photos interspersed with more modern images to drive home the deadly-serious issue of whale extinction.  Aiken’s taunting, spirit-filled vocal is riveting on this classic Country Joe McDonald song which morphs into an 1880s sea chantey.

 

 

Save The Whales Video Link

“This is an issue that’s really close to my heart,” says the Virginia-based singer/songwriter. “I’ve spent a good part of my life on the sea – sailing the waters from New Bedford to Halifax and the Azores and watching these gentle giants,” he recalls.  “To see them so close to extinction because of man’s folly is just criminal to me.”

 

A vocal supporter of sound ecological principles, Aiken thought this song might be “cool” enough to draw attention to the plight of these glorious creatures.  “It captures a subtle mix of the romance of the sea and the reality of modern-day slaughter,” Mike says.  A “hippy, gypsy-feeling” track reels us back in time to the days when whales were plentiful and there was some honor in the difficult days at sea and the danger of the harvest.

 

Mike has felt an affinity for the creatures for many years, and oh, the tales he can tell.  One night in particular draws his memory these days, though, and it takes us back to 1994:

 

“We were two days out of Nova Scotia, making an ESE course heading for the Azores.  I was on a night watch, we were sailing along comfortably in thick fog watching for ships and icebergs as best we could.  My wife Amy was asleep below and I was harnessed in, sitting on the starboard side of the cockpit, leaning against the coaming, soaking in the sounds and watching the instruments for changes when right behind me I heard a whale breach.  I turned to see his back going under not a yard from the boat, aiming for us.  I was startled and grabbed hold of the handrail and waited for the impact.  Surely this giant was going to collide with our keel.  But no.  A couple of minutes later, the same thing happened and I jumped again but this time more intrigued.  We continued on together like this for probably a mile when way off in the distance through the fog I heard a tail slapping the water like a child being called home from the playground.  ‘My’ whale surfaced one more time and then was off.  We’d been enjoying the company of these giants since we arrived off the New England coast and the sightings continued to Nova Scotia and on to the Azores.  When they catch your eye, man, they look right through you.”

Mike and his wife live aboard their 42′ sailboat based out of southern Virginia and so they see man’s impact on the environment in a way many of us can only imagine.  “It’s going down daily,” Aiken notes.  “Between the decimation of this planet’s creatures and the cartin’ off of coal, we are destroying our air, our land, our waters and our futures.   If we don’t start turning this around, who will?”

 

It’s a question that deserves an answer and Mike is hoping that his thought-provoking video will draw attention to the issues impacting our planet – and lead us to a solution.  The clip, produced and directed by Andrew Piland for Hawksilver Productions, broke last week on BILLBOARD.com and it’s now garnering attention on Mike’s YouTube site as well.  Mike hopes the number of views continues to increase – not to help further his career – but so that more people will become involved in this cause and a change can be effected.

 

“Save The Whales” is from Aiken’s sixth CD,CAPTAINS & COWBOYS, on Northwind Records.  The track features the outstanding musicianship of Mike Grando/drums, Dan Baird/bass & electric guitar, Mike Aiken/acoustic & electric guitars and vocals, Tammy Rogers/fiddle, Michael Webb/accordion, Amy Aiken/percussion & background vocals and Ben Strano/background vocals.  The CD was produced by Baird, Strano and Aiken.

 

 

 

 

Click links for recent interviews and reviews:

The Alternate Root

Billboard

The Celebrity Café

The Entertainment Bank

FAME

Outlaw Magazine

Talkapolis

Very Best of Virginia

 

Discover more about whales and their plight at GreenpeaceWhale Trust and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

 

www.mikeaikenmusic.com

 

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