Debra Devi believes in a woman’s right to rock. 

On her new EP A Zillion Stars Overhead, Debra Devi jams with Gov't Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson, Amfibian drummer John Hummel, and keyboardist Rob Clores (Jesse Malin, Black Crowes). Produced by Devi, and mixed by Sylvia Massy, A Zillion Stars Overhead is out now on True Nature Records/DMM.  Music videos have premiered on The Alternate Root, American Blues Scene, Guitar Girl and The Pop Break.  

Devi’s growing acclaim as "one of the most remarkable guitarists on the East Coast." (Good Times) has led to opening slots for artists like Ana Popovic and Marshall Crenshaw, and festival dates from Memphis to Montana. Devi is the first female guitarist to endorse Homestead Amplifiers, which builds custom amps for Gov’t Mule, Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmy Herring. She is also a Fender and Shubb Capo artist.  

Devi fell in love with electric guitar as a girl, listening to her teenage neighbor play Led Zeppelin while he worked on his car, and her brother’s rock albums. “I always sang the guitar solos, instead of the lyrics,” Devi says. Growing up in that Milwaukee suburb, though, she got the message that only boys played in bands.  

When she saw Bonnie Raitt perform in college, Devi couldn’t stifle her longing to play anymore. She bought a Fender Mustang at a pawnshop and moved to NYC. There, Devi joined punk bands, touring the US, Canada and Europe.  

As a solo artist, though, Devi created a classic rock-meets-Americana sound that enabled her to indulge her love of guitar solos. Devi’s self-produced debut, Get Free (True Nature Records/Redeye), received raves from Vintage Guitar, Jambase, Marie Claire (Italy), Guitar International.

Devi returned to the studio to produce her Wild Little Girl EP. “Wild LIttle Girl reflects my desire to encourage girls and women to be creative and free, and fulfill their potential,” Devi says.  

Devi is also the author of the popular blues glossary The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (foreword by Dr. John), which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding book on music. The book is blurbed by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Bonamassa, Hal Willner, Ministry singer Al Jourgensen, Ed Sanders, Bob Margolin and Jimmy Vivino.  

photo by Capacity Images

photo by Capacity Images

A supersonic fret-burner who writes hauntingly memorable songs, blending the intricacy of a good jam band with the catchiness of vintage power pop.”

— JamBase

Devi references the ‘60s and early ‘70s with an understated retro vibe,but instead of sounding dated, her sound comes across as timeless.”

— Hardrock Haven

Devi leads a ferocious guitar-driven band equally adept at sprawling psychedelic jams and terse, soulful rockers. ”

— New York Music Daily

FILM & TELEVISION CREDITS 

Fight Like a Girl - documentary on female boxers starring Golden Glove champion Maureen Shea  
End credit song - "All That I Need" 

Tenderness - feature film starring Russell Crowe, Laura Dern 
Song - "All That I Need" 

Getting Off - feature film starring Christine Harnos, Brooke Smith (Showtime Cable)  
Songs - "Get Free," "Demon in the Sack"  

Stripped: Exposing the Business of Baring It All  (Sundance Cable) 
Theme - "Take It Off" 
Songs - "Prayer Is Sexy," "In Motion," "Jacksonville  

"Driven/Tim McGraw" (VH-1)  
Songs - "Prayer Is Sexy," "Take It Off" 

Not the End of the World  - short film (Tribeca Film Festival) 
End credit song - "All That I Need" 

By Any Means - short film (La Femme Int'l Film Festival) 
Song - "Love That Lasts"