Jim Lauderdale and Donna the Buffalo - Wait 'Til Spring
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Wait 'Til Spring (Dualtone, 2003)

Jim Lauderdale and Donna the Buffalo

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

Do two great tastes go great together? Jim Lauderdale is known for his melodious voice and blending smart pop sensibilities in with a little roots-rock. Donna the Buffalo is a up and coming jam band that puts everything blues, zydeco and a lot of other stuff into the mix.

This team-up works in some spots and may cause a little confusion in others. For example, the leadoff and title track sounds a little like Lauderdale fronting the Allman Brothers Band - not necessarily an easy concept to get your mind (or ears) around. And "Sapphire" seems to put Lauderdale in the unlikely position of mastering a little dancehall reggae. Then again, "Ginger Peach" is a beautiful, soulful song that combines '70s pop smarts with a little R&B.

While this stuff may not be what comes to mind naturally when these two bands are mentioned, you might at least swirl this jug of wine around a little to see if it's something you like.

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