"Debra Devi is 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
"Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of Sheryl Crow but her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix." Metal Hammer
"One of the great guitar players of our time - a master of touch, tone and shading. Live, she leads a ferocious, guitar-driven band equally adept at psychedelic jams and terse, soulful rockers." New York Music Daily
SHORT BIO: Debra Devi’s growing acclaim as "one of the most remarkable guitarists on the East Coast." (Good Times) has led to recording with Gov’t Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson, opening for Ana Popovic, Bruce Katz and Marshall Crenshaw, and festival dates from Memphis to Montana.
"Vocally Devi is a dead ringer for Sheryl Crow," says Urban Politico, "and her music radiates infectious joy, reminding us of The Black Crowes, Prince, and Little Feat.
The Jersey Journal writes: "Devi stands out as a true triple threat: a gifted songwriter, a powerful singer and an outstanding guitarist grounded in blues/rock tradition."
MORE INFO: 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 artist.
“Devi references the ‘60s and early ‘70s with an understated retro vibe,” notes Hardrock Haven, “but instead of sounding dated, her sound comes across as timeless.” Music videos from her Wild Little Girl EP have premiered on The Alternate Root, American Blues Scene, Guitar Girl and The Pop Break.
Devi loves living in Jersey City, the most diverse city in America. She has produced two “Jersey City Rocks” concerts at White Eagle Hall showcasing the diversity of the Jersey City music and art scene. "Devi's set," NJ Arts reported in "Hometown Heroes Fill White Eagle Hall," "felt like a victory lap for the Jersey City rock community. With her powerful vocals, Devi held the near-capacity room in her hand while her excellent band added energy and excitement."
Devi is the author of The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (Foreword by Dr. John), which is blurbed by Bonnie Raitt and Joe Bonamassa and won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Devi has given her entertaining "Language of the Blues" talk at TedX Jersey City, A. Schwab in Memphis, NYU, Luna Stage and other colleges and theaters.
WILD LITTLE GIRL EP - Click title to read full review.
American Blues Scene - "Devi dreamed of playing rock and roll guitar, but was told, “that’s what boys do.” After her first experience attending a live blues show, then a life-changing night watching Bonnie Raitt on stage, she’s been proving the nay-sayers wrong ever since. If there is any doubt, her latest EP release, Wild Little Girl, dispels it with prejudice..."
Urban Politico - "The music radiates infectious joy. It put me in mind of The Black Crowes, Prince, and Little Feat. Vocally Devi is a dead ringer for Sheryl Crow. I happen to like Crow's voice so for me this was a very good thing. Perhaps at some point in the future people will be saying that Crow's voice is a dead ringer for Devi's..."
Good Times - "Debra Devi continues to gain national acclaim as one of the most remarkable guitarists on the East Coast. Tracks range from crunchy pop-rock (“Butterfly”) and Gov’t Mule-inspired jamming (“Tired Of Waiting”) to pulsing disco-rock (“Stay”), Black Crowes-style sass (“Shake It”) and Devi’s soulful Americana tune “10 Miles To Clarksdale.” Devi’s ’70s-influenced guitar playing is the thread that weaves throughout – whether she’s playing slide, rhythm, or lead..."
New York Music Daily - "Debra Devi is the rare rock guitarist who’s as much about purpose as pyrotechnics. It’s amazing how she uses as many notes as she does, yet she doesn’t overplay. She can fire off a blistering, wildly psychedelic solo with the best of them, but she also uses every shade and color in her pedalboard..."
The Jersey Journal (Jim Testa) - "Devi stands out among singer/songwriters as a true triple threat: a gifted songwriter, a powerful singer and an outstanding guitarist. Firmly grounded in blues/rock tradition, Wild Little Girl mixes wistfulness with forcefulness. Every track leaves room for organic, expansive guitar solos..."
Audio Fuzz - "Debra Devi is so wonderful. She combines the blues and country so perfectly, her voice is so plaintive and real, and her slide guitar playing is on the same level as Bonnie Raitt..."
FESTIVALS PLAYED INCLUDE:
Black Potatoe Festival - Clifton NJ
Brews and Bands Festival - Rahway NJ
Bridging the Blues Festival - Clarksdale MS
Cape May Crab and Craft Beer Festival - Cape May NJ
Chicks Who Rock Festival - Jersey City NJ
Crown Guitar Festival - Bigfork MT
Hightstown Harvest Festival - Hightstown NJ
Hudson LGBT Pride Festival - Jersey City NJ
International Blues Competition - Memphis TN
Just Jersey Festival - Stanhope NJ
Lovelight Yoga + Art Festival - Darlington MD
Port Imperial Music Festival - West New York NJ
South by South Orange Festival - South Orange NJ
South Mountain International Blues Festival - Orange NJ
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 - documentary (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"