A perennial favorite at Rhythm & Roots, Donna the Buffalo’s eclectic and often socially conscious music has its base in traditional mountain music, infusing it with elements of Cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country. Although there is neither a Donna nor a buffalo in the group, Donna the Buffalo is known for touring the country while remaining fiercely independent, and as one of the industry’s most diverse roots-music bands. The band drew it’s original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage, the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together with a vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended. Their 2018 release, Dance in the Street, captures the dynamic energy that has earned the band the intense love and respect of their fans, i.e. “The Herd”, for over 30 years. Donna the Buffalo is well known for their songs about human potential and community, and this album features songs about social commentary and self-empowerment by the band’s co-founders, Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins.