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Musical Friends


Chicago Women in the Blues

For about six years, Donna played electric slide guitar and toured with the “Chicago Women in the Blues” led by Joan and Gary Gand.

With Shirley King (BB King’s daughter), Liz Mandeville, CK Pivonka, and the Gand band, Donna played at a number of blues festivals include the Cincy Blues Festival.

The group, described as “a bevy of blues-belting bombshells” also included, Peaches Staten, Holly Thee Maxwell, Tracee Adams, Ivy Ford, and Ms. Peachez, and performed at venues around the Chicago area.


Donna & Liz 3

Donna & Liz

Chicago Women In the Blues Space

Chicago Women in the Blues

Chicago Blues Women 2 August 2013

Chicago Blues Women


Lori Lewis, Honeyboy Edwards & Donna

Honeyboy Edwards

Donna had the opportunity to play with Honeyboy Edwards several times at his home through an OTS friend, Lori Lewis.  They brought chocolate and whiskey with them when they visited, and enjoyed playing with Honey and listening to him tell stories about his life and the old blues.


Honeyboy and Donna

Buddy Guys Legends

Donna is a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago – having been the acoustic opener for Buddy Guy seven times – and has performed at the House of Blues Chicago as well as BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups in St. Louis, MO.


Buddy Guy and Donna Herula


Buddy Guy and Donna Herula


Buddy Guy Signing Guitar

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