In The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, rock musician Debra Devi defines over 150 blues terms like mojo, hoodoo, buffet flat and killing floor with wild stories and fresh insights from her interviews with such blues stars as Hubert Sumlin, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Henry Gray, Little Milton Campbell, Bob Margolin, Jody Williams, Robben Ford, Jimmie Vaughan and more. 

The Language of the Blues includes a foreword by Dr. John and is blurbed by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Vivino, Bob Margolin, Hal Willner, Ed Sanders and Ministry singer Al Jourgensen. It received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music. 

Devi explores the blues on her Huffington Post blog and Language of the Blues column on American Blues Scene. She appears in the films America’s Blues and Mr. Handy’s Blues, and has been interviewed by NPR All Things Considered, The BluesMobile and USA Today. Devi has given her multimedia "Language of the Blues" presentation at TedxJersey City, A. Schwab's in Memphis, Jersey City Theater Center, NYU, and other theaters and colleges. 


"What a great resource, as fascinating as it is informative. Debra's passion for the blues shines through." Bonnie Raitt   

"Debra's book will teach you what you really need to know about blues history and where the blues are coming from."   
Joe Bonamassa  

"Finally one can understand the mechanics behind the overwhelming viscera of the Blues. Debra Devi's work is a true guide book to the soul." Al Jourgensen  

"This book is fascinating! Take it to the bathroom and don't come out until you're done reading it." Jimmy Vivino  

"This is a beautiful book. Upon receiving The Language of the Blues I discovered my knowledge only scratched the surface. Debra Devi has written an invaluable reference book. And it's also great fun to read." Hal Willner   

"Don't think that The Language of the Blues might read like a dictionary or reference book. There's no plot, but you can open it up at random and fall into the world of your favorite Blues songs, and find out more about the lyrics than you would be guessing from context. I learned a lot more about the Blues music I already loved." Bob Margolin   

"Congratulations to Debra Devi for The Language of the Blues. Its candor and witty honesty bring us into the world she describes so well with beautiful strength. This is a book that lovers of music and just plain old lovers will love to have in their collections." Ed Sanders 

"Debra Devi conducted an unforgettable evening of music, lecture and discussion centered around her important book, The Language of the Blues. The way she engaged the audience made the blues fresh and relevant to neophytes and aficionados alike. " Olga Levina, Artistic Director, Jersey City Theater Center