Donna Herula

Donna Herula

Chicago , 60707

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About Donna Herula: Donna Herula is traditional blues slide guitar player and singer from Chicago that plays Delta blues, country blues as well modern blues styles. Donna plays fingerstyle as well as blues slide guitar on her resonator guitars, including a 1930’s National Steel Triolian and National Steel Tricone.

In her solo and duo acoustic performances, Donna plays a mix of songs from the early blues women, including Memphis Minnie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith and the early Delta blues men, including Robert Johnson, Son House, Robert Nighthawk, Furry Lewis, Blind Blake, and Muddy Waters. She also performs music from more recent blues and slide players including Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lucinda Williams.

Donna won the Chicago Blues Challenge, solo/duo category two years in a row; in 2010 with harpist John Jochem and in 2011 with singer/songwriter, Liz Mandeville; and with Liz, also placed in the semi-finals at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Donna was a semifinalist in the 2012 Yamaha Six String Theory international guitar competition. She placed in the top 6 in the blues guitarist category among contestants from 58 countries.

Donna performs with her husband, Tony Nardiello, who is a singer, guitarist and harmonica player. Tony's influences include Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake. Together, they have performed at blues festivals in the Southern and Midwestern U.S. with great acclaim, including the Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival and the Bayfront Blues Festival.

Donna also performed as a soloist at the 2009 Chicago Blues Festival for the Robert Nighthawk Centennial Celebration and at the Delta Cultural Center for a Robert Nighthawk symposium performance.

Other festivals she performed at include: The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (Davenport, Iowa), the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, MN, Blues by the Bay in East Tawas, Michigan, Alpena Blues Festival (Michigan) and the Mother’s Best Music Festival in Helena, Arkansas.