The New York folk group gives C&I an exclusive first listen to their latest track, “The Good Stuff.”
It’s great and danceable news for Donna the Buffalo’s enthusiastic tribe of fans known as the Herd that after a five-year absence the band are back with the diverse and energetic Dance in the Street, out November 9.
Produced by the legendary Rob Fraboni — well-known for his work with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones — the new album is strong on social relevance, community empowerment, and rootsy grooves.
The music comes courtesy the current lineup of Tara Nevins (vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, accordion, washboard, tambourine), Jeb Puryear (electric guitar, occasional pedal steel, vocals), Mark Raudabaugh (drums), David McCracken (electric keyboard, organ), and Kyle Spark (electric bass, backing vocals).
It was recorded at the world’s largest residential recording studio, Sonic Ranch, in Tex-Mex border country outside of El Paso.
Album standouts include the laid-back “The Good Stuff.” Threaded with reggae undertones and laced with jam-band attributes, the track is as sonically engaging as it is relevant.
It’s a “character profile of a person just wanting to raise a family, enjoying the good stuff, in a world of chaos, mishap, and prejudice,” says Puryear. “‘Still hurts going to work, send the kids off to school in a Don’t Shoot T-shirt.’ Along with the knowledge that a vast majority of the world wants to live in an environment of peace love and understanding. The Good Stuff.”
With bouncy organ, relatable lyrics, and tenacious harmonies, “The Good Stuff” has the musical goods and the message to please not just the Herd but all types of listeners.
Get an exclusive first listen below.
For more information on Donna the Buffalo and their upcoming tour dates, and to preorder Dance in the Street, visit their website. Photography: Courtesy Chris Mortenson.