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!
2021 Nominee for Acoustic Blues Album
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.
The Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine, the largest FREE weekly E-magazine with over 40,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and more than 90 countries.
"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
"It’s the best acoustic blues and roots album I’ve heard in at least a year, if not longer...I don’t think I can pick out a favorite cut here because they are all superb."Steve Jones, Chicago Blues Guide | 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
Donna Herula’s Chart Toppin’ album“Bang at the Door” is Resonating Across the Blues World!
2021 Blues Blast Music Nomination: Acoustic Blues Album
#1 Blues Album – Roots Music Report (6/12/21)
#1 Acoustic Blues Album – Roots Music Report (9-weeks)
#3 Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart (May 2021)
Bang at the Door Album Charting
Bang at the Door debuted at #1 on the Acoustic Blues Music Chart (Roots Music Repot) and continued in the #1 position for 9 weeks. It also rose to #1 on the Blues Music Chart for all blues styles on the Roots Music Report. The music and original songs are resonating with listeners across the word with a huge international reception and response.
Bang at the Door Song Charting
Six of Donna’s original songs were in the top 13 on the Acoustic Blues Song Chart in its first week – including the song “Bang at the Door” in the #1 spot. Overall, 10 songs were in the top 10 and 4 rose to #1 on the Acoustic Blues Song Chart including four #1 original songs – Can’t Wait to See My Baby, Bang at the Door, Pass the Biscuits and Something’s Wrong with My Baby. (These 4 songs were also in the top 11 of the Blues Music Song Chart.) Other songs in the Top 10 Acoustic Blues Song Chart included originals I Got No Way Home, Not Lookin’ Back, Promise Me and Black Ice and covers The Soul of a Man and Fixin’ to Die.
Bang at the Door was #3 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart, #13 on the Living Blues Radio Chart, #14 on Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Top 40 Most Played Albums and #19 on North American College & Community Radio Top 30 Blues Chart. The album also debuted at #16 on the May Folk Alliance International / Folk Radio Chart.
For 7 weeks, Donna’s original song, “Can’t Wait to See My Baby,” was on BB King’s Bluesville – SiriusXM’s Top 15 Rack of Blues (most played songs).
More "Best" Lists in 2021
- “Box of Frogs International Album of the Year” by Kevin Byrne, Victoria, Australia.
- “Top 10 Blues Albums of the Year” by Dan Stevens of Blues Music Online Magazine.
- “Top 10 Albums of the Year” from CFUV 101.9 FM Victoria, BC, Canada.
- “Top 15 Blues Albums of 2021” Bluesvan.hu in Hungary. BATD was #6.
- “Top 20 Albums of the Year” from Ian McKenzie, Blues from the South (UK). BATD was #11.
- “Top 20 Albums of 2021” by AJ Rover, Blues Music Fan Radio.
- “Top 25 Blues Chart for 2021” from WERU FM 89.9. BATD was #7.
- “IBBA Most Played Album – Top 40 Annual Chart for 2021” (UK Blues DJs) BATD was #21.
- “Nominee in the “2021 Album Of The Year” and “Female Artist of the Year” categories – CFAB Music Realm 3rd Annual Artist. Honor Roll by Jon Sexauer for best in Country, Folk, Americana and Blues.
- “Top Albums of 2021” from Bill Mitchell (Editor/Publisher of Blues Bytes)