"Imagine you're preparing a list of today’s top female blues/rock guitarists. No doubt you'll include Bonnie Raitt, Samantha Fish, Susan Tedeschi, and Ana Popovic. If you don’t include Debra Devi, your list is just not complete.“
- American Blues Scene
The cover of Hendrix's “Crosstown Traffic” stands out as a showcase for Devi’s mind-blowing soloing.” – Jersey Journal
Debra Devi plays "dreamy blues-rockers and blistering psychedelic jams" (Relix) flavored with her soulful voice and expressive guitar playing. On June 22, Devi released a live EP, Jamification Station Vol. 1, which captures her band at full throttle. The EP has stayed on the Relix/Jambands.com Top 30 Radio Chart for three months, reaching #5 in August 2022.
Jamification Station Vol. 1 is mixed from Devi's popular livestream show, “Jamification Station,” hosted by American Blues Scene. Four tracks capture Devi and her band at full throttle, from catchy "Home Again" to a blistering rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s "Crosstown Traffic," soulful blues-rocker "Get Free," and uplifting Southern-rock tune "The River."
In May 2020, Devi was in lockdown in Jersey City NJ, instead of out promoting her new EP, A Zillion Stars Overhead (with Gov't Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson), “a collection of dreamy blues-rockers and blistering psychedelic jams” (Relix). One lonely evening, Devi put her iPhone on a stand and began her first solo livestream. Folks watching asked when she would go live again. They needed, they explained, something to look forward to during such a dark time.
Devi's livestream morphed into bi-weekly full-band concerts streaming from drummer John Roccesano's Silver Horse Sound in Hoboken NJ. "We used masks, distancing and testing to keep it safe until we were vaccinated," Devi explains. American Blues Scene began hosting "Jamification Station" on Facebook and YouTube, bringing in new fans who loved interacting in the comments, and dubbed themselves "Devians." They nicknamed Devi's band--Kevin Jones (bass), Martin Schmid (keys) and John Roccesano (drums)--"The Dudes."
"Johnny recorded our streams to ProTools, so when we wrapped up the stream recently to focus on in-person shows, we began mixing Jamification Station, Vol. 1," Devi says. “We plan to mix three of these live EPs--no overdubs allowed!"
Devi has opened for Joan Osborne, Jesse Malin, Ana Popovic, Devon Allman, Joe Louis Walker and Marshall Crenshaw, and performed with Kate Pierson (B-52s) and Cindy Cashdollar.