"[Halley's] got the biggest pipes I've heard on a babe in a long time." - Bonnie Bramlett...
"Forget about the love songs, Halley. Keep patiently singing the way you do now, and major success is inevitable." - MTV Online...
"Halley Devestern has a big, ballsy voice and knows how to use it. She's got the funk too!... harkens to the great Maria McKee and Lone Justice." - Ear Candy...
"Damn, that girl kicks ass!" - Holly Figueroa, founder of Indiegrrl...
"Instead of railing at the world in a high, thin keen, this lady lets loose with a big, bluesy roar...the rootsy attack is arresting." - Listen.com/rhapsody...
"Halley DeVestern: The New Janis Joplin?" - Good Times Magazine
There's no question that DeVestern has a powerful voice. She's toured with Big Brother and the Holding Company by their invitation.
Halley DeVestern burst on the scene with the release of her first album, SUGAR FREE, of which Newsday declared, "Had Maria McKee lived up to her potential, this is the record she would have made." LIVE AT THE TOWPATH INN, a live acoustic set taken from club and radio performances, was released in 2000 and named one of the top 20 CDs of 2000 by The Audio Realm (NWEZ.NET). The 2003 album SUPERHERO KILLER, was hailed as "an album with female vocals in the same lines of Janis [Joplin]'s rough hewn blues, but with an even more raw and even more edgy quality." The feminist publication Expository Magazine notes that "[song] titles like "Strangled in the Park" only hint at the territory DeVestern is willing to tread."
Fiery, funny, funky and finely-tuned, The Halley DeVestern Band's new album, MUSCLE MEMORY, fulfills the promise of earlier works, taking the hellacious energy, intelligence and power of SUGAR FREE, LIVE AT THE TOWPATH INN and SUPERHERO KILLER to ever more dizzying heights.
Songs about everything from sexual frustration to life on the American highway to church camp to cautionary tales of money and mortality to heavenly gratitude to freedom of expression to vengeful triumph make MUSCLE MEMORY a virtual Canterbury Tales for the 21st Century. Singer Halley DeVestern tells it with bluesy banshee wails, tongue-in-cheek taunts and wounded whispers, while the band paints lush murals behind her.
DeVestern's raw, bluesy vocals and unique songwriting have won her and the band opening slots for such blues and rock greats as John Hammond, Jimmy Vaughan, Gov't. Mule, Son Seals, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Bramlett and Antigone Rising.
DeVestern has been on the cover of Good Times (The Reincarnation of Janis?), and appeared in Billboard, Seventeen, CosmoGIRL, The New York Times, Newsday and many other prestigious publications.
Halley - vocals (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
David Patterson - guitar (Shawn Mullins)
Rich Kulsar - drums (The Zen Tricksters, Toasters, Mickey Dolenz)
Tom Heinig - bass (Lamont Cranston Band, Mill City Band)
Cybele Kaufmann - backing vocals
SUGAR FREE - 1997
LIVE AT THE TOWPATH INN - 2000
SUPERHERO KILLER - 2003
MUSCLE MEMORY - 2009