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Debra Devi

Debra Devi fell in love with electric guitar when she was seven, and heard the feedback on CCR's "Suzie Q" -- "the weirdest, coolest thing I'd ever heard." She started singing along with guitar solos on the radio.

Growing up in the Midwest, Devi got the message that only boys got to play in bands. After seeing Bonnie Raitt in concert in college, however, Devi couldn't push her passion for the electric guitar aside anymore. She bought a Fender Mustang at a pawnshop the next day, and moved to NYC. There, she joined bands, toured all over the US and Europe, and taught herself to play.

Devi's self-produced debut album, GET FREE (True Nature Records/Redeye), received raves from Vintage Guitar, Jambase, Marie Claire (Italy), Guitar International and other media for its big rock sound, her soulful voice and her powerful guitar playing. Guitar International's editor wrote: “It’s rare that I listen to an album more than once, but after the fifth time through Get Free I was left with only one question: How have I never heard of this artist before?”

After Get Free's release, Devi became a Fender Girl Rock Nation artist and the first female guitarist to record for Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day” video series. She played festivals and club dates from NYC to Montana and Memphis.

In 2017, Devi released her WILD LITTLE GIRL EP, which she also produced, using the seasoned, soulful players she chose for Get Free and her live shows: drummer John Hummel, bassists Max Feinstein, Dan Grennes and Kevin Hummel; and keyboardists Rob ​Clores and Peter Vitalone. Devi also produced music videos for each track on Wild Little Girl.

Devi was also strongly inspired by the Chicago blues players she saw growing up as a teen. Her love of the blues prompted her to write her popular blues glossary, The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (foreword by Dr. John), winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music. The Language of the Blues received back-cover blurbs from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Bonamassa, Hal Willner, Ministry singer Al Jourgensen, Ed Sanders, Bob Margolin and Jimmy Vivino.


"Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of PJ Harvey and 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 for the blues who writes hauntingly memorable songs." - Jambase

"An endearing fusion between the melodic finesse of Sheryl Crow and the rough rock energy of Queens of the Stone Age. Listen, you won’t be disappointed!" - Beat

"Devi is one of the great guitarists of our time--a master of touch, tone and shading. She leads a ferocious guitar-driven band, equally adept at sprawling psychedelic jams and terse, soulful rockers." - New York Music Daily

“Earth mother, sex siren, Hendrix-inspired guitarist and all-out rocker. Devi's playing is expert, her charisma undeniable, and the effect is overwhelming.” Good Times