by Dave Carew
Last Monday I caught Devlin Pierce’s first-ever Nashville showcase, held at The Listening Room Café. Because Devlin has almost no Nashville following, the crowd was modest but—to Devlin’s great credit—he nevertheless put on an impassioned performance. He presented himself artfully as a memorable, compelling vocalist who punctuates his rootsy Americana music with a guitar sound perfectly complementing his lyrics.
Devlin performed several songs from his 2011 record Fade Into Silver, as well as newer, not-yet-released songs such as “Devil in the Records.” On the track “Riverbed” he unleashed a singing howl that riveted the room, transforming the lyric into an indelible haunting. And on the seminal track “Fade Into Silver” and other songs, he brought to Nashville what he previously had promised Underground Nashville he would: “something fresh and without pretense.”
Devlin Pierce’s musical journey has taken him a long way, especially for someone so young. With a voice and sound like this, I’m betting his journey won’t be over any time soon.
Special Discount Note:
For the next week, Devlin Pierce’s 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.”