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 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.
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.