KP Devlin | Scarecrow Land

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Scarecrow Land

by KP Devlin

Three days, ten songs and an assembly of some of my favorite people in the world. That pretty much describes the making of this record. A humid March 1st afternoon, rehearsal with Porkchop, Cuz and Van Gogh's Ear in rundown house.
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1. Scarecrow Land
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2. Subtle Trace of Nothing
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3. Camelia
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4. Better This Way
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5. What Kind of Life is This?
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6. Juliet\'s Kiss
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7. Not Giving it Back
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8. Eureka!
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9. Poachers & Preachers
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10. Twilight is Here
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Three days, ten songs and an assembly of some of my favorite people in the world. That pretty much describes the making of this record. A humid March 1st afternoon, rehearsal with Porkchop, Cuz and Van Gogh's Ear at Cousin Ron's secluded house. Yes, the dip in the fridge expired months ago, but we weren't hungry anyway. 24 hours later, eating tacos at Linda's apartment (minimalist decor and all), listening to rough mixes of these ten songs. "Don't turn the volume down - the neighbors might enjoy this!" "Is it ok to abuse my vocal cords now?" 4:00 AM - "Can we listen to Bruce Cockburn now?"


K.P. Devlin writes songs. He then sings them. His music is at times intense, passionate and cynical, sometimes hilarious, occasionally dark and almost vicious, and quite often, a mixture of all of the above. Musically, he has tapped into many familiar genres (rock, folk, Celtic, blues and country), and his songs often have a "familiar" quality to them (as though you've heard them before, even though you know you haven't), and yet there is something refreshing about them as well.

It is believed that K.P. Devlin was born in a large city somewhere in the United States. However, some folks claim he is originally from Newfoundland, and still others are of the notion that he was raised by shepherds in a small village in Albania. He has spent significant amounts of time in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin and New York City (which he has called home for quite some time). He was reportedly seen entering the borough of Manhattan last week, riding upon a gray mule. Perched atop the mule (whose name turns out to be Tigerlily), plodding along the walkway atop the Brooklyn Bridge, Devlin strummed his guitar. Seemingly unconcerned by the din of traffic down below, he was working on a new song. For that is what K.P. Devlin does. He writes songs. He then sings them. After listening to his first two CD's, "Spirit of the Mule" (1995), and "Scarecrow Land" (1997), it becomes evident that his influences include Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Bruce Cockburn and Lou Reed. Lyrically, Devlin's songs are at times intense, passionate and cynical, sometimes hilarious, occasionally dark and almost vicious, and quite often, a mixture of all of the above. Musically, he has tapped into many familiar genres (rock, folk, Celtic, blues and country), and his songs often have a "familiar" quality to them (as though you've heard them before, even though you know you haven't), and yet there is something refreshing about them as well. Music critic, Basil Palthmeyer, says of Devlin's song "Pink Elephants & Purple Dinosaurs," "[it's] enough to make Dylan wish he were young again." And according to Christopher Hess of the Austin Chronicle, "He comes to Texas from NYC via parts unknown with a swagger in his voice and an edge to his pen that will definitely raise eyebrows." On Devlin's brand new CD, "Harlequin's Elbow" (co-produced by Devlin and former Bob Dylan bassist, Kenny Aaronson), he presents us with 10 new songs, as well as wonderful reworkings of two of his older tunes, "Everything" and "Camelia." The album features an outstanding cast of supporting players, and is, without a doubt, Devlin's most powerful work to date.

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Rusty Reeves

Scarecrow Land
(Madison, Miss) I bought this CD after hearing one of the songs on "Rock You" - A song called Camelia. After buying Scarecrow Land I went back and purchased Harlequin's Elbow. Devlin's mix of Dylan like sounds and lyrics that haunt you like Neil Young and early Gillian Welch... poetic, stark, original, mindful, beautiful little songs that move your soul and bleed your heart... he's the real deal. I haven't bought a CD in decades but I bought two from him.
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