Donna the Buffalo's "Herd" Remains Loyal After Years on the Road

The Grateful Dead has its Deadheads and Jimmy Buffet boasts Parrotheads. There's little distinction between the fans and fanatics once the crowd has its own name, both will follow the musicians to the ends of the earth.

Donna the Buffalo can consider itself among the fortunate beneficiaries of that kind of rapt attention and appreciation. After 25 years, ten albums, and headliner status at any number of high profile festivals nationwide -- including at least three in Florida, Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, the Magnolia Fest, and the Suwannee Springfest -- the band basks in the appreciation of loyal legions that have dubbed themselves "the Herd."

"I don't really know how to explain it," singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins responds when asked for the reasons behind the band's rabid following.

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Lee Zimmerman