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Donna Herula -- Winner of the "2022 Independent Blues Awards"

“Best Traditional Blues Artist”
“Best Acoustic Blues Album” for “Bang at the Door!!!

Donna would like to thank all of her fans, friends and family for their votes and support!  She would like to thank Richard L’Hommedieu and everyone from “Making a Scene” for the nominations.  Special thanks to Tony Nardiello, Jon Shain and FJ Ventre.


2022 InternationalAcoustic Music Awards

Donna’s song “Bang at the Door” won “Best AAA/Alternative Song” in the 2022 International Acoustic Music Awards!!!!  “Who’s Been Cookin’ in My Kitchen” was a finalist!!!

Voted "2021 Artist of the Year"!

Donna Herula voted the “2021 Artist of the Year” Winner in Doc’s Blues Awards 2021 – Severn FM in the UK! 

Donna would like to express her thanks and gratitude to her listeners for their support and votes in Doc’s Blues Award 2021.  She is excited and honored to be the recipient of the “2021 Artist of the Year” and would like to thank Trevor Howard on Severn FM in Gloucester, UK for the original nomination!

Big News!

“Bang at the Door” was #1 on the Acoustic Blues Album Chart of 2021!!!


2021 Nominee for Acoustic Blues Album

For Bang at the Door!
2021 For Best Acoustic Blues Album

I’m sending a BIG “Thank You” to all of my friends, family, students, and fans who have supported me and voted for my album “Bang at the Door” in the 2021 Blues Blast Music Awards for Best Acoustic Blues Album! You are the best! I really appreciate you!   Donna  XOXO


In June 2021, a group of Blues music industry professionals, including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians, and other Blues music industry professionals, nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.

"Bang at the Door" Reviews

People are going to start talking about Donna Herula, beginning with her superlative guitar prowess. Herula managed to bring out an album with the female perspective. Who’s Been Cookin’ in My Kitchen is a clever and sexy double entendre number that lets Herula shine. She takes no prisoners on her raucous rendition of Bukka White’s Fixin’ to Die, thunderously flailing her slide across the resonator… Bang at the Door has it all...Frank Matheis, Living Blues | FULL REVIEW

Herula delivers a set that is powerful, passionate, and a great listen. The originals here draw from personal experience, giving them a level of power not found in much of the current blues scene.Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue | FULL REVIEW

With this album, Donna Herula is making a statement, testifying song after song to her talents as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. And when you are finished listening, you will no doubt agree that she deserves recognition as one of the finest purveyors of the acoustic blues traditions on the scene today.Mark Thompson, Blues Music Magazine

Donna Herula creates an acoustic gem with "Bang at the Door"Jim White, Blues Roadhouse | FULL REVIEW

"Black Ice” and [Donna & Tony’s version of] Lucinda Williams’ “Jackson,” are the kind of masterful performances that I’d like to say should be mandatory listening in music class.Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Mary 4 Music | FULL REVIEW

We have a truly gifted virtuoso of the Resonator guitar who also possesses the most stunning of voices. Herula is a Chicago born Blues artist of the highest order who not only sings, plays slide but also is a more than accomplished composer.Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7 Melbourne, Australia | FULL REVIEW

A wonderful resonator and bottleneck led blues album that with repeated listens, reveal the layers of a simple, yet complex, slice of blues covering the past, present and future of our beloved genre.Tom Dixon, Bluesdoodles | FULL REVIEW

"Bang At The Door" is an exceptional album, which at its core, brings great blues in its traditional atmosphere…An impressive musical mix carried by the influence of the traditions of The New Orleans, Delta, Piedmont and Hill Country Blues will undoubtedly win you over, as it did myself…In this story no matter what, she [Donna] is not alone…Collaborating with associated musicians simply just took her to a very challenging, higher level of presentation form…We actually hear that she can do just about anything.Mladen Loncar (Mike), Soundguardian (Croatia) | FULL REVIEW

"Donna Herula is a slide guitar star for the 2020s and beyond."Blues Blues | FULL REVIEW

"It's the best acoustic blues and roots album that I've heard in at least a year, if not longer...I don't think I can pick a favorite cut here because they are all superb."Steve Jones, Chicago Blues Guide | FULL REVIEW

About Donna

Donna Herula is a Chicago-born blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitarist that has a passion for playing traditional Delta and Country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, Americana, and roots music.  Using electrified resonator guitars, her sound combines her love for the music of the Deep South and Chicago with her love of blues guitar improvisation.  Her songwriting tips the hat to the tradition while creating fresh, contemporary perspectives on blues and roots music.

Bang at the Door

Donna’s newest release, Bang at the Door, includes 11 original songs and 3 covers!

The music highlights a musical palette that flows from acoustic blues through gospel,  jazz, and ragtime to the electric Chicago blues style, with nods to New Orleans, folk, and country influences. It is the first of her three releases to feature her heartfelt songwriting, focusing on the joys, tribulations, and problems that are part of the human experience.
Mark Thompson, Blues Blast Magazine

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