Devon Gilfillian to Perform at the Hi-Fi Indy on 6/3/19

R&B artist Devon Gilfillian, currently on tour in support of his new single, “Get Out and Get It” will be hitting the stage at The Hi-Fi Indy June 3 with Ian Noe and Carl Anderson. After listening to his tunes for about a solid hour today, I can honestly say this is one show you don’t want to miss!

Devon Gilfillian - photo credit: Andile Buka

Devon Gilfillian - photo credit: Andile Buka

Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way, either. Rolling Stone hailed Gilfillian as “one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene” and praised his 2018 single “Troublemaker” as a “raucous heaping of swampy soul and rock.” The track was heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming/advertising. Gilfillian performed the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

There’s also a healthy dose of Motown in Gilfillian’s music. You’ll see what I mean if you check out “Get Out and Get It,” which is now available for download and streaming HERE. Or you can view the static video HERE. You don’t have to listen very hard to hear echoes of Smokey Robinson in his vocals. And his soulful “Use Your Words” could have come straight out of Barry Gordy’s garage in the 1960s. But I wouldn’t say Gilfillian is copying the Motown sound - it’s more like he’s using it is the foundation for his own masterfully constructed and executed compositions.

 Gilfillian, who is featured in the Frye Americana Roots campaign and was recently named as a Southwest Airlines “Artist on the Rise,” grew up outside Philadelphia and moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time. In 2016, he released his debut EP, which NPR Music said, “captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.”

After his Indy gig, Gilfillian will finish off his tour in Arlington, VA. After that, he’ll make his Newport Folk Festival debut on July 27. His other scheduled festival performances include Shaky Knees, Winnipeg Folk, Moon River and Pilgrimage. Tickets are on sale HERE.



Get Out And Get It, Devon Gilfillian’s new single, is available now

Get Out And Get It, Devon Gilfillian’s new single, is available now

OK, I'm Sick: Badflower with Deal Casino & Fencer to Hit Hi-Fi Indy 04/26/19

It’s hard for me to write objectively about Badflower - they were the second band I ever photographed in front of the barrier, and they absolutely blew me away with their passion and energy. I mean, guitarist Joey Morrow played so hard he snapped the neck of his guitar! I instantly became a fan, and I’ve been following them ever since. Their rise from relative obscurity to the top of the charts has been rapid since they released their first full-length album, OK, I’m Sick, on the Big Machine/John Varvatos Records label. Their single, Ghost, hit the number-one spot on the IHeartRadio Active Rock Radio Chart, as well as top appearances on several other charts. I am thrilled that the rest of the world is getting exposed to their powerful, intensely personal stories and music.

The photos above are from their last show at The Hi-Fi Indy in June 2017 - I can’t wait to see first-hand what changes the past couple of years have brought to these immensely talented guys.

The Indy show, which is sponsored by 103.3 WOLT, will be the third stop on their headlining tour with Deal Casino & Fencer. Tickets are only $10 and are available here:

Watch Ghost here:

Watch Heroin here (Warning - content may be inappropriate):