By: Shelby Lum
A small, rustic church sits in Enfield, New York. No running water. None of the fancy gadgets of modern studios. No recording on Sundays.
That’s where Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday was made.
Sitting around an analog tape, recording live, Donna the Buffalo spun a beautifully nostalgic yet bright record in a church.
The album is scheduled to be released on June 18th, and will be the band’s tenth studio album, but first in five years. The time doesn’t seem to have affected the Americana roots players though–the troubadour-esque group hasn’t seemed to have lost the authentic and genuine feel they had through the rest of their albums.
The familiar twang, the scarpe of the washboard, and everything else that brought them together is still present 24 years after Donna the Buffalo came together. Yet the five year break did pose challenges.
Silverlined, the last album the band released rose to No. 8 on the Americana Music Charts, and would be a difficult album to followup, even for the band that created it. With Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Donna the Buffalo pulled out all the stops though. With the impending release, the band fused in more influences than in its past albums. Hints of Cajun, rock, reggae, and others lie behind the Americana backbone.
This isn’t just any other album for Donna the Buffalo–it’s a melting pot of influences.
The band has gone to lengths to create an album balanced between peppy and upbeat and serious heart throbbers.
Don’t miss Donna the Buffalo playing at The State Theatre on Saturday, May 11.