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Winner of Best Acoustic Blues Album

Donna’s album, “Bang at the Door” won “Best Acoustic Blues Album” at the 2022 Independent Blues Awards.  It was also nominated for a 2021 Blues Blast Music Award.

Donna Herula’s third CD, Bang at the Door, includes 14 tracks – 11 original songs and 3 cover songs.  The physical CD includes a 12-page booklet with liner pictures and lyrics from all of Donna’s original songs on the recording.

The music flows from acoustic blues through gospel, jazz, and ragtime, to the electric Chicago blues style, with nods to New Orleans, folk, and country influences.  Special guests include Anne Harris (violin), Daryl Davis (piano), Doug Hammer (piano), Bill Newton (harmonica), Tony Nardiello (singer/guitarist), and backup-singers Katherine Davis and Rebecca Toon.  The CD was produced by Jon Shain and recorded by FJ Ventre (also the upright bass player) at Good Luck Studio in Chapel Hill, NC.

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!!!

Donna’s second CD includes 12 tracks – mostly solo guitar and a duo with harmonica player, John Jochem and Tony Nardiello (second guitar) on some songs.  The songs covered are Nighthawk’s earlier recordings when he played acoustic guitar and was known as Robert Lee McCollum and Robert Lee McCoy.

Donna’s first CD is a solo, acoustic blues album with 14 tracks including songs Future Blues, I’ve Got to Make a Change, Daddy Goodbye Blues, Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, Police Dog Blues, Walking Blues, Vestapol, Hey Hey, The Blues Ain’t Nothin’ But, Big Road Blues, Trouble Everywhere I Roam …

Three Tracks on Liz Mandeville's CD, "Clarksdale"


In 2012, Donna’s slide guitar playing was also
featured on three tracks of Liz Mandeville’s CD, Clarksdale.

Cheesehead Blues - Adventures of a Dutchman



Donna’s slide guitar playing was featured in a Dutch blues film documentary, “Cheesehead Blues” which was released in 2015.

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