Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of Sheryl Crow & PJ Harvey, while her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix.”

— Metal Hammer

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The Dutch Guy Blog

From The Netherlands this morning: "Congratulations Jimi Hendrix and Sheryl Crow on your beautiful baby! ‘Cause with her soaring vocals and these captivating solo licks, Ms Devi simply is my number one blues-rock chick!"

Visit The Dutch Guy to read more and watch his music video podcast. 

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"Blacks and Blues" at Luna Stage

Here's some cool video of me jamming with Mike Griot, Tomas Doncker, Bill Simms Jr. and Tony Lewis at Luna Stage for the "Blacks And Blues" show, which Mike produced.

I read from my book The Language of the Blues, Bill Simms Jr. spoke of his travels to West Africa and Tomas Doncker regaled the audience with tales of growing up in Brooklyn and discovering the blues via British rockers like Cream.

A very special evening - I hope we get to do it again!
 

Mike Griot, Tomas Doncker, Bill Simms Jr., Debra Devi

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Jamming with Chip Stern

I went up to music critic Chip Stern's apartment in the Bronx to trade him an office chair for a BOSS ME-20 and this little theremin/guitar jam happened. Chip's apartment is a mind-blowing wealth of vinyl, photos, instruments and gadgets. Including a theremin, at which he's quite adept. Here's a snippet from our afternoon jam.

If you aren't familiar with Chip's writing--particularly on jazz--you should be. Check out his website and YouTube Channel Radio Free Chip.Read more
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"Language of the Blues" at JCTC

Here's a video of Mike Griot and I playing "Thrill Is Gone" to open my "Language of the Blues" talk at Jersey City Theater Center, which Mike moderated. 

New Jersey is not exactly considered a bastion of the blues–even though Johnny “Clyde” Copeland and Hubert Sumlin have lived here, and the state is currently home to Joe Bonamassa, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Randolph and John Hammond. Mike is doing all he can to change this perception, as founder of North Jersey’s biggest free blues festival: South…

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Consumer Guide Interview

Mark Watkins is a DJ for Blast 1386 Radio of Reading College in England. Mark was one of the first people to play my songs on the radio, so it was really fun to do this interview with his Consumer Guide Tumblr. 

MW: Debra, you’re a very talented woman who writes and plays lead guitar! How did it all start? 

DD: Thanks Mark! I started writing little poems and stories when I was 7. I still have a poem I wrote from the perspective of a pencil describing what it felt like to be slowly ground down and used up…

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Meeting John Hammond

Last weekend Lisa Swarbrick and Louis Rosano of Louis Electric Amplifiers took me to one of my favorite places - the Beacon Theater in NYC. We went for Jorma Kaukonen's 75th birthday bash. Louis was supplying his gorgeous amps onstage, and Lisa is Beacon "family" because she was married to Warren Haynes's beloved guitar tech, the late Brian Farmer. Lisa is a solid guitarist and tech in her own right, too. 

Backstage, Louis gave a copy of my book The Language of the Blues to Jorma for his birthday and Lisa…

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Story Behind the Song: "The Needle and the Damage Done"

I think "The Needle and the Damage Done" is one of the most perfect songs ever written. Neil Young didn't even need three minutes to paint a haunting picture of junkiedom; on Harvest the song is 2:17. 

You'd have to be a fool cover it, let alone record a 6:21 rock version. But I played the intro one day in rehearsal while John Hummel was adjusting the cymbals to his liking. Next thing I knew, Dan Grennes had picked up his bass and the whole thing fell together, and then moved into this sprawling…

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Gear Girl

I love amps. I love turning 'em up really loud until they sing. So recording at SST Studios was like being set free in a dark-chocolate factory. They have a massive collection of vintage and modern amps. You just wheel on out whatever you wanna use. I was in amp heaven.  For my fellow gear-heads, here's a list of every amp, guitar and pedal I used on my Get Free album. 

For most of the songs, I used my 1986 Strat, which has a rosewood neck. I've customized it with jumbo frets, 2 Seymour Duncan Vintage…

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May4

Debra Devi & Peter Vitalone

Transmission, 150 Bay Street, Jersey City NJ

Debra Devi & Peter Vitalone play an intimate semi-acoustic (electric guitar & keys) set of Debra's songs. Opening for Mule Kick

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  • I'm not sure I can bear this one. I love you Prince. Godspeed.
    I'm not sure I can bear this one. I love you Prince. Godspeed.
  • It's a wrap!! Big thanks to the best mixing engineer I know, the inimitable Wayne Dorell, for putting up with my relentless notes and getting the new EP mixed. Off to mastering! #DeviEp
    It's a wrap!! Big thanks to the best mixing engineer I know, the inimitable Wayne Dorell, for putting up with my relentless notes and getting the new EP mixed. Off to mastering! #DeviEp
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