"Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of Sheryl Crow while her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix." Metal Hammer
“Devi is a supersonic fret-burner with a deep feel who also writes hauntingly memorable songs." JamBase
"She leads a ferocious guitar-driven band equally adept at sprawling psychedelic jams and terse, soulful rockers." New York Music Daily
Jersey City rocker Debra Devi is promoting her new six-song Wild Little Girl EP at clubs and festivals, opening for national acts like Marshall Crenshaw and Devon Allman.
The EP is receiving raves for Devi's classic rock/Americana sound, soulful voice, fierce guitar playing and free-form jamming. The Jersey Journal writes: "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 her organic, expansive guitar solos."
Four music videos for Wild Little Girl have premiered on The Alternate Root, American Blues Scene, Guitar Girl and The Pop Break.
In Jan 2018, Devi produced the Jersey City Rocks White Eagle Hall show, a smash success that drew 450 people. "Devi's set," NJ Arts reported, "felt like a victory lap for the idea of a 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." (Click HERE to read "Hometown Heroes Fill White Eagle Hall" - NJ Arts)
Devi's debut album, Get Free (True Nature Records/Redeye USA), also received great reviews. After its release, Devi became a Fender artist and played festivals and club dates from Memphis to Montana. Represented by Prom-o-Rama in Italy, Get Free was featured on iTunes Italy's home page for two weeks. (Click HERE to see Italian press)
A huge blues fan, Devi is the author of The Language of the Blues (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.
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..."
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..."
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..."
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 & Music Festival - Darlington MD
Port Imperial Music Festival - West New York NJ
South by South Orange Festival - South Orange NJ