Level Bands/ Performing Artists
Genre Blues Rock
Bio “Imagine you’re preparing a list of today’s top female blues/rock guitarists. No doubt you’ll include Bonnie Raitt, Samantha Fish, Susan Tedeschi and Ana Popovic. If you don’t include Debra Devi, your list is not complete. ” – Bill Graham, American Blues Scene Debra Devi plays “dreamy blues-rockers and blistering psychedelic jams” (Relix) flavored with her soulful voice and expressive guitar playing. Devi’s new live EP, Jamification Station Vol. 1, captures her Jersey City NJ band at full throttle. The EP reached #5 on the Relix/Jambands.com Top 30 Radio Chart, staying on the chart for three months. Gov’t Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson joined Devi on her previous EP A Zillion Stars Overhead. Produced by Devi and mixed by Sylvia Massy, Americana Highways calls their collaboration “exciting and mesmerizing.” Devi has opened for Ana Popovic, Joan Osborne, Jesse Malin, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, and Marshall Crenshaw. She co-headlined the Haverford Music Festival with Joe Louis Walker and The Bongos and the East Pete Blues Fest with Greg Sover. She’s sat in with Bruce Katz, and performed with with Kate Pierson (B-52s) and Cindy Cashdollar. Live, Devi leads “a fierce guitar-driven band equally adept at soulful rockers and sprawling jams” (NY Music Daily). She endorses Homestead Amplifiers, which supplies amps to Gov’t Mule, Jimmy Herring and Susan Tedeschi. Devi’s book The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (foreword by Dr. John) won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. She gives her “Language of the Blues” talk at festivals, universities, theaters and venues, including Crown Guitar Festival in Montana, A. Schwab’s in Memphis, TedX Jersey City, NYU and Danny Clinch Gallery in Asbury Park.