Debra Devi

Sounds like: Sheryl Crow meets Gov't Mule
Believes in: A woman's right to rock

Debra Devi fell in love with electric guitar when she was seven years old and heard the feedback on CCR's "Suzie Q" -- "the most haunting, weirdest, coolest thing I'd ever heard." After that, she started singing along with guitar solos on the radio.

At 15, Devi got up her nerve to ask her mother if she could get an electric guitar. Her mom was so mortified that Devi tried to ignore her unladylike desire to play electric guitar...until she finally bought a Fender Mustang and moved to NYC. There, she joined punk bands, toured all over the US and Europe, and taught herself how to play.

Devi's self-produced debut album, Get Free, has received rave reviews for its big rock sound, her soulful voice and her powerful guitar playing. "Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of PJ Harvey and Sheryl Crow, while her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix," says Metal Hammer. Guitar International raves, “It’s rare that I listen to an album more than once, but after the fifth time through Get Free I was left with only one question: How have I never heard of this artist before?”

Get Free features soulful keys from Rob Clores (The Black Crowes, Joan Osborne), powerful drumming from Bonzo Bash favorite John Hummel and a clarinet cameo from free-jazz legend Perry Robinson. The 11-song album includes two covers -- a soulful rendition of "Runaway" and a dreamy, psychedelic jam version of "The Needle and the Damage Done."

Of the latter, Guitar International says, "There are so many ways covering a song of this magnitude could’ve gone wrong for any artist, but Debra Devi hits the nail on the head with this creative, yet respectful, interpretation. This is not just Devi playing Neil Young, this is Neil Young being played through Devi, and the end result is absolutely fantastic."

Since the album's release, Devi has become a Fender Girl Rock Nation artist and the first female guitarist to record for Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day” app. JamBase describes her as “a supersonic fret-burner with a deep feel for the blues who writes hauntingly memorable songs.”

Live, Devi leads a “ferocious guitar-driven band equally adept at sprawling psychedelic jams and terse, soulful rockers," says New York Music Daily, calling her "one of the great guitarists of our time--a master of touch, tone and shading." Devi draws from a seasoned roster for her live shows, including drummer John Hummel, bassist Maxwell Feinstein and keyboardists Rob ​Clores and Peter Vitalone.

After helping her nephew through a life-threatening health crisis, Devi returned to the studio to produce Wild Little Girl, a five-song EP that will be released September 1, 2017. Singles and videos from the EP will be released monthly starting April 15, 2017.

Devi's love of the blues prompted her to write The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, "one of the wittiest, bawdiest, most fascinating dictionaries ever" (Reuters). The Language of the Blues won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music. It features a foreword by Dr. John and back-cover blurbs from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Bonamassa, Hal Willner, Ministry singer Al Jourgensen, Ed Sanders, Bob Margolin and Jimmy Vivino.

Devi has given her popular "Language of the Blues" talk at A. Schwab in Memphis, Jersey City Theater Center, Luna Stage in South Orange NJ and other venues. She has been interviewed about blues lingo in the films America's Blues and Mr. Handy's Blues, and by USA Today, NPR All Things Considered and BluesMobile.

A Jivamukti yoga practitioner, Devi's favorite mantra is lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, "may all beings everywhere be happy and free."

North Americana Rock duo from Jersey City consisting of Russell deMoose (drums & strings) and Julian Altbuch (piano & vocals).

If The Beatles and Primus had a kid, and Led Zeppelin and Tool had a kid, and then those two kids had a kid, it would be Collective Man. Of course, Collective Man was fostered (because we were bratty) and raised by Modest Mouse and the Chili Peppers, so there’s a bit of that in us too.

The melody and catchiness of 60's pop, the groove of 70's soul and funk, and the sheer power of a metal band, Collective Man shatters molds and puts them back together, only keeping the pieces they like.

Collective Man is:
Sean Reo - Bass
Steve Bennett - Guitar
Pat Vaughn - Drums
Dan DeGroot - Guitar



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