by Dave Carew
Great news for fans of folk and folk-rock! Devlin Pierce—the compelling singer-songwriter whose musical journey has taken him from the folk clubs of Boston to the budding music scene of Springfield, Missouri—brings his edgy, rootsy sound to Nashville for the first time on Monday, June 11. Devlin will play a one-hour showcase at The Listening Room Café starting at 4:30 p.m. His playlist likely will include songs from his 2011 record Fade Into Silver (see special discount note below), as well as the new songs “Devil in the Records,” “Irreverent,” and “Got a Ticket.”
So why should you go see Devlin Pierce at The Listening Room Café on Monday? We put Devlin on the spot, and asked him that very question (and a couple of others first) in this exclusive Underground Nashville interview:
UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: When people come to your showcase on Monday, what kind of music will they hear? What’s distinctive about your music?
DEVLIN PIERCE: I was raised by The Beatles, James Taylor, and Elton John. I became an adult to Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Metallica. I learned responsibility to Nada Surf, Modest Mouse, and Sunny Day Real Estate. I learned respect for my forbearers from Neil Young, David Bowie, and John Hartford. I’ve taken the traditionalism of folk and country and blended it with the irreverence of indie and alternative rock. All of my influences show up somewhere or another. Think Dylan and Vedder and Enigk’s love child to Young’s unabashedly mediocre guitar work.
UN: What are you hoping to accomplish professionally with your showcase?
DP: I’m a songwriter first and a performer second. I love to craft words and Nashville is the mecca of word-craft. I think my performance can speak for itself, but I would love to be able to bring something fresh as a songwriter to a city choked by a veritable smog of hopeful hits.
UN: What is the #1 reason why people should come to your showcase?
DP: I’m not from Nashville, not steeped in Nashville, have no aspirations to take Nashville by storm. I’m a songwriter and a performer because I love it, not to impress anyone, not to score a huge record deal. There is absolutely no pretense to what I bring to the stage.
Special Discount Note:
For the week leading up to Devlin’s appearance at The Listening Room Café, his entire album Fade Into Silver is specially discounted to just $2 as a digital download through CD Baby. A previous EP, Rebury Dress, also is discounted at $1.50.
David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.
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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”