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NEW CD! BANG AT THE DOOR - REVIEWS

CHICAGO BLUES GUIDE

Reviewer: Steve Jones

Chicago Blues Guide
The Complete Guide to the Chicago Blues Scene

LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE

Reviewer: Frank Matheis

Living Blues Magazine
pages: 53-54

ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

Acoustic Guitar Magazine featured donna in their May 2016 issue of the top 10 new generation “up and coming resonator players” in the story “Down and Dirty: 10 contemporary resonator players talk about their love for that nasty sound,” by Mark Kemp.

  Click here to read the article

BLUES IN BRITAIN MAGAZINECD REVIEW

Blues In Britain Magazine (June 2011)
Donna Herula – The Moon Is Rising

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Like one of her major influences, Rory Block, Donna Herula has dedicated her second CD to one of the acknowledged masters of the blues – Block having honoured Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House and Robert Johnson whilst Herula pays tribute to slide guitar maestro Robert Nighthawk.

 

Herula accompanies herself on a 1930’s National Steel Triolian on all tracks, a National Steel Tricone on two tracks, and a PorchBoard Bass (foot stomp) with tambourine attachment, whilst husband Tony Nardiello adds Collings guitar on five tracks with John Jochem playing harp on five tracks.

 

Herula chooses her tracks to reflect Nighthawk’s full musical legacy – culling them from Bluebird and Decca when he was simply known as Robert Lee McCoy through his highly influential United Records recordings and on to Chicago and Chess.

 

Herula has a powerful blues voice that still retains the wistfulness necessary to carry Nighthawk’s songs, but permeating it with a trace of menace.  She doesn’t try to copy Nighthawk’s slide style but still retains his characteristically earthy beauty, unique phrasing and wistfulness of tone, ensuring that this set is a fine tribute to a wonderful and influential artist, but most importantly is imbued with her own talents and reflects her own personality.

 

Herula opens with “Take It Easy Baby”, her evocative slide complemented by Jochem’s warbling harp, and it has to be said that each track on which Jochem appears is imbued with a distinctive Nighthawk inspired ChiTown feel – the classic “Bricks In My Pillow” particularly benefiting from this approach as harp and slide intertwine evocatively.

 

“The Moon Is Rising” is permeated with a sense of menace which is complemented by the addition of melancholy electric violin – “Crying Won’t Help You” and “Gonna Move To Kansas City” are the nearest Herula comes to pure Nighthawk – whilst “Friar’s Point” is updated from it’s Bluebird origins and given a United Records styled reading.

 

This is the first time I have heard Donna Herula and I have to say I am highly impressed by her work, and fervently hope this tribute will bring more attention to the work of Nghthawk – and – I would love to hear her perform a similar tribute to another great “slide-meister”, Johnny Littlejohn.

(www.donnaherula.com)


Rating 9

Mick Rainsford

BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

Blues Blast Magazine Donna was one of the three artists featured in the Chicago Blues Guitar Women article that Blues Blast Magazine published on April 5, 2018. Click here to read the article.

Radio Shows

 Donna enjoys performing and being interviewed on radio shows.  She has been on numerous radio shows including on the legendary King Biscuit Time radio show with Sonny Payne numerous times.  Listen to her first show with Sonny on June 5, 2009.

DONNA & TONY – SHORT BIO

Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello are a Chicago-based traditional acoustic blues duo that has a passion for performing Delta and Country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, roots, and Americana in addition to original songs. This husband and wife duo has performed at blues and folk festivals throughout the U.S. and Donna has also performed at the Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa.

Donna is a guitar teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. She was featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine and inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2016. Donna’s third and most recent CD, Bang at the Door, was released in May 2021 and includes original blues, jazz, folk and Americana songs.

Tony, a talented singer, rhythm guitarist, and harmonica player, has been influenced by the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake and Lightin’ Hopkins. Together, Donna and Tony bring harmony, heart and driving rhythm to the blues tradition.

For more information, visit: donnaherula.com.

DONNA & TONY – LONG BIO

Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello are a Chicago-based traditional acoustic blues duo that has a passion for performing Delta and Country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, roots and Americana in addition to original songs. This husband and wife duo has performed at blues and folk festivals throughout the U.S.

In 2016, Donna was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. The same year, Acoustic Guitar Magazine featured her in an article, “Down and Dirty: 10 contemporary resonator players talk about their love for that nasty sound.” In April 2018, she was featured in the Blues Blast Magazine article, Chicago Blues Guitar Women.

Donna was the headliner at the 2014 Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa and has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival multiple times, as a soloist and in a duet with Tony.

Donna is also a guitar teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where she teaches individual guitar lessons and group acoustic and electric slide guitar classes. Donna’s third and most recent CD, Bang at the Door, was released in May 2021 and includes original blues, jazz, folk and Americana songs. She has been inspired by folk blues artists, from Son House and Memphis Minnie to Johnny Winter and Rory Block.

Tony, a talented singer, rhythm guitarist, and harmonica player, has been influenced by the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake and Lightin’ Hopkins.

Tony and Donna are regular performers at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and have opened for Buddy Guy multiple times. They have also performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Bayfront Blues Festival and at numerous music concerts and libraries throughout the Midwest.

Together, Donna and Tony bring harmony, heart and driving rhythm to the blues tradition.

For more information, visit: donnaherula.com.

DONNA – SHORT BIO

Donna Herula is a Chicago-born singer and acoustic blues slide guitarist who has a passion for playing traditional blues, roots, and original songs. In 2016, she was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and Acoustic Guitar Magazine also featured her in an article about 10 new generation resonator guitar players.

Donna has been a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for the past 10 years and has opened for Buddy Guy multiple times. She has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Fest in Helena, Arkansas, the Juke Joint Fest in Clarksdale, Mississippi, numerous folk music festivals, and was also the headliner at the Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa.

Donna is a guitar teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where she teaches group and individual guitar and slides guitar lessons. She has taught guitar and slide at blues and folk clubs and guitar camps. Her third and most recent CD, Bang at the Door, was released in May 2021 and includes original blues, jazz, folk, and Americana songs.

For more information, visit donnaherula.com.

DONNA – LONG BIO

Donna Herula is a Chicago-born singer and acoustic blues slide guitarist that has a passion for playing traditional Delta and Country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, roots, and Americana in addition to original songs. Using acoustic and 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.

In 2016, Donna was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. The same year, Acoustic Guitar Magazine featured her in an article, “Down and Dirty: 10 contemporary resonator players talk about their love for that nasty sound.” In April 2018, she was featured in the Blues Blast Magazine article, Chicago Blues Guitar Women.

Donna has been a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for the past 10 years and has opened for Buddy Guy multiple times. She has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Fest in Helena, Arkansas, the Juke Joint Fest in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Woodstock Folk Festival, Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival and was also the headliner at the Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa.

Donna is a guitar teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where she teaches group and individual guitar and slide guitar lessons. She has taught at guitar camps, including the Great Guitar Camp in North Carolina and Blues & Swing Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia.

Donna has provided numerous Blues in the Schools and educational blues and Americana programs for children, teens and adults at schools, libraries, music stores, concert series and festivals across the US and in South Africa. She plays as a soloist, in a duet with her husband, Tony Nardiello, or band depending on the venue. She has been inspired by blues artists including Son House, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Lucinda Williams, Lyle
Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, and Rory Block.

Her third and most recent CD, Bang at the Door, was released in May 2021 and includes original blues, jazz, folk, and Americana songs. For more information, visit: donnaherula.com.

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