KP Devlin
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KP Devlin

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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Mar
24
KP Devlin @ Ace of Clubs

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

Feb
17
KP Devlin @ Grape Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Feb
10
KP Devlin @ Kenny's Castaways

New York, New York, USA

New York, New York, USA

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NYC-based singer/songwriter K.P. Devlin most definitely has his act together. His latest CD, Shoot Down the Stars, radiates the kind of polish and professionalism that many national acts have yet to achieve. His music is complex and richly layered, utilizing a variety of instruments to form a strong foundation for honest and evocative lyrics. Devlin’s style encompasses a number of genres, including pop, blues and folk, and the result is a catchy, surprisingly upbeat album with an accomplished musician in the driver’s seat.
The album’s opener, “How I Miss You,” has radio potential written all over it. Although Devlin’s style has strong ties with Dylan, the popularity of such recent artists as David Gray and Ryan Adams (of “New York, New York” fame) seems to establish Devlin’s place within a musical trend. His acoustic guitar is often accompanied by his own harmonica, and he has enlisted an astounding number of other instruments to add a level of depth rarely traversed by most musicians. In particular, the addition of violins on “Centillion” and several other songs adds a lovely dimension to Devlin’s poignant lyrics.
To put Shoot Down the Stars among amateur acts would be an enormous mistake. The album is concise, colorful and melodic, mellow but far from sleep-inducing. Learn more about this talented artist at www.kpdevlin.com, and keep a look-out for his next New York performance date.
- Good Times Magazine


This is quality stuff; crisp, sparkling pop-rock with a twang, a la Tom Petty, Marshall Crenshaw and Steve Earle. Heavyweight sidemen lend heft to Devlin's fourth CD, among them bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Foghat, Rick Derringer), drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Marshall Crenshaw) and guitarist Andrew Carillo (Joan Osborne, Parlor James). Happily, their able backing only enhances the appeal of Devlin's smart, catchy songs. By all means snap this puppy up. - Demo Universe


With a sardonic snarl recalling Dylan, and a warm, pop-friendly folk-rock base falling somewhere between Petty and Squeeze, Devlin’s deft melodicism and razor-sharp tongue place him atop the latest breed of singer/songwriters. - The Aquarian


Discography

Monstera Deliciosa (forthcoming)
Idolatry (2005)
Turkey Baster Incident (2004)
Shoot Down the Stars (2001)
Harlequin's Elbow (1999)
Scarecrow Land (1997)
Spirit of the Mule (1995)

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K.P. Devlin is a singer/songwriter who is capable of being both delightfully quirky and ominously dark, often within the same song. Having lived in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston and Austin, he currently resides in New York City. According to Christopher Hess of the Austin Chronicle, "Devlin comes from NYC via parts unknown with a swagger in his voice and an edge to his pen that will definitely raise eyebrows."

Devlin graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in film studies, and has done extensive work within that medium, including writing, directing, editing and scoring several short films and videos. He also took courses at Boston’s Berklee School of Music. Proficient on the acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica and kazoo, he also possesses a great fascination with ethnic music, which has led him to explore many other musical instruments from around the world, including oud, sitar, didgeridoo, and bouzouki. His other artistic interests include poetry, oil painting, and creative answering machine messages.

His primary focuses, however, are his songwriting, recording and performing. He has performed extensively on the New York club circuit, including such venues as the Bitter End, the Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene Grocery, CBGB, and Sin-é, and has toured both nationally and in Australia. He has independently recorded and released five CD’s of original material: Spirit of the Mule, Scarecrow Land, Harlequin’s Elbow, Shoot Down the Stars and Idolatry. Songs from these CD’s have received airplay on radio stations nationwide, as well as overseas in Australia, Costa Rica, Belgium and Holland.