DONNA HERULA BLUES BAND
- Dates: July 9, 2022
- Location: North Street Cabaret
- Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Donna Herula is a Chicago-born blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitarist that has a passion for playing traditional Delta and Country Blues, early Chicago Blues, folk, Americana, and roots music. Using 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 a fresh, contemporary perspective on blues and roots music.
Donna is Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee and was voted “Artist of the Year” by Doc’ Blues Awards 2021 (UK). Her 2021 album “Bang at the Door” charted #1 for the year 2021 on the Acoustic Blues Album Chart and charted #24 for the year on the Blues Album Chart, according to the Roots Music Report. “Bang at the Door” was nominated for best Acoustic Blues Album by the 2021 Blues Blast Music Awards and it was listed on numerous “Top 10” and “Best Album of the Year” lists.
Donna won 1st place for her song "Bang at the Door" at the 2022 International Acoustic Music Awards in the best AAA/Alternative song category. She also received a number of nominations by the 2022 Fair Play Country Music Media Group Red Carpet Awards in Holland including: “Best Song of the Year – All Genres” and “Best Collaboration in Music” (with Jon Shain) for “Got What I Deserve,” “Best Original Americana Song” for “Movin’ Back Home,” “Best Blues & Jazz Original” for “Can’t Wait to See My Baby,” “Best Voice – all Genres” and “Songwriter of the Year.”
Donna will be joined by her bandmates, Marc Edelstein (co-founder of the bluegrass band Special Consensus) on upright bass and multi-instrumentalist Tony Wittrock on guitar, mandolin and banjo guitar.
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 FM, Melbourne, Australia
This album certainly will be destined for awards — it’s the best acoustic blues and roots album I’ve heard in at least a year, if not longer. I most highly recommend this CD for all lovers of traditional and acoustic blues. It’s a wonderful mix of Delta and Chicago blues with some great folky overtones. I don’t think I can pick out a favorite cut here because they are all superb. Eleven fine originals and three marvelous covers make for some really interesting and classic performances from top to bottom.”
— Steve Jones, Chicago Blues Guide