Kieran B Devine - Guitarist, singer, songwriter. Impossible to pigeonhole into any one genre. Rather he pulls from an eclectic spectrum of styles, including roots/blues, Americana, folk, rock, bossa nova and punk.
Having narrowly escaped the corporate rat race of Silicon Valley, Devine has hung his hat in Ashland, Oregon for the past five years.
His debut album, Chasing The Gray, was recorded in the Rogue Valley and features performances by a number of local world-class musicians including Jeff Pevar, G Valmont Thomas, Bob Jackson Miner and Dean Angermeier.
This new music was born out of a turbulent period in Devine’s life. In response to a series of traumatic events he took a trip to Indonesia seeking space and healing. While in Bali he found solace by participating in some of the many Hindu ceremonies all around him. He repeatedly saw a checkered gray gingham cloth surrounding the statuary, temples and ceremony space wherever he turned. Curious, finally he asked one of the old men he worked with what it was all about. He was told of the Hindu belief that, “Life should be neither black nor white - that one should seek gray.” That notion, in combination with the sounds of the Balinese rainforest, inspired “Chasing The Gray”.
The Tokay Gecko that adorns the front of the album gave Devine a good scare his first night in the rainforest with its loud mating call piercing the night quiet. But as it lived in the thatched roof of his bungalow and clearly wasn’t going anywhere, they reached a level of understanding and the beautiful creature’s sounds were eventually recorded and included in the title track.
Kieran grew up near the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa, raised on a farm in the sticks. At age 11, he was gifted a guitar as a hand-me-down from an older sibling. His mother drove him to town for weekly lessons, and the isolation of farm life gave him plenty of time to practice. He came up listening to Dylan, Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Patrick Simmons, Michael Hedges, Tommy Bolin, Mississippi John Hurt, Engelbert Humperdinck and Johnny Cash.
Nearly 100 percent Irish, he makes amazing breakfast potatoes in a wide variety of shapes and methods. Devine drinks Guinness because it gives him strength.