With her new EP, A Zillion Stars Overhead (True Nature Records), singer/songwriter Debra Devi continues the sizzling bluesy sound of her two 2017 offerings Wild Little Girl and Get Free by once again combining her sizable guitar playing skills and powerful and passionate vocal stylings to fashion another mesmerizing and exciting record.
Author of 2014’s acclaimed blues glossary The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (True Nature Books) Devi not only displays her vast knowledge of the blues in her music but also boundless expertise in the Americana, alternative, jam, and psychedelic musical genres as well.
Backed strongly and brilliantly on the record by Jorgen Carlsson (Gov’t Mule) on bass and John Hummel (Amfibian) on drums, Devi leads the way through these five searing tunes with the head shaking and inspired instrument work she is becoming known for with her playing.
The EP contains two versions of her smoldering jam “ When It Comes Down”, ( a long version that clocks in at 9:27 and a radio-friendly version that clocks in at 3:35), an inspired cover of Neil Young’s classic “ The Needle and the Damage Done”, her original alt-pop rocker “Stay” and her psychedelic blues instrumental “Canna Indica”, all which showcase Devi’s outstanding ability to fuse her myriad pool of influences into an original sound.
Like most great EPs, A Zillion Stars Overhead serves as a good introduction to the artist’s work for the uninitiated listener and should lead any interested fan of her work on this collection of songs to also check out her aforementioned 2017 offerings.
On those records, one will find more of the tasty mix that this EP serves up and further evidence that this triple threat of a player, writer, and producer deserves a larger audience.
Credits: Debra Devi- Guitar, Vocals, Jorgen Carlsson-Bass, John Hummel-Drums, Rob Clores and Peter Vitalone – Keys, Anthony Krizan- Background Vocals on ‘When It Comes Down”, All Songs Produced by Debra Devi, Recorded by John Agnello, Mixed by Slyvia Massy, All Songs Written by Debra Devi except “The Needle and the Damage Done” by Neil Young