Playgrounds Magazine Review

by Angela Nelson

“Tonight the room overflowed with talent as Jennie DeVoe and her band  performed in front of a packed house in Eddie’s Attic. It was standing room only. Jennie displays experience well beyond her years with powerful vocals and soulful sounds. She has an awesome stage presence, great sense of humor, and an honesty in her music that speaks to you. Her soulful lyrics are full of emotion that knocks on your heart’s door, walks right ins and makes you feel. As I looked around the room, I could see that each and every person was intently watching, listening and enjoying this moment in time. Everyone in the room felt a connection. One couldn’t help but be drawn in. This larger than life, dynamite in a small package performer will win you over quickly as she has so many.”

Performance at Eddie's Attic, Atlanta, GA

On a rainy night in Georgia I walked into a quaint little place in Decatur, GA called Eddie’s Attic. The Loft in Columbus, GA was actually modeled after Eddie’s Attic. The name may also sound familiar as many talented artists have performed here. Tonight, the room overflowed with talent as the Indianapolis-based Jennie DeVoe band performed in front of a packed house. Jennie was accompanied by her guitarist, Brett Lodde, bass player, Jeff Stone, drummer, John Whittman, and keyboard player, Greg McGuirk, who practically sat in the crowd. Yes, it was standing-room only, unless you were fortunate to have grabbed a seat early. There was also backup singer, Nicole Proctor, former opera singer turned rock chick. The band was tight and filled the room with its bluesy rhythm and cool vibe with a funky edge.

 

Singer/Songwriter, Jennie DeVoe mesmerized the audience with her captive smile, laid-back style, and groovy lyrics. Yes, I just said “groovy.” Seriously, if you’ve heard Jennie before, you know what I mean. And if you’ve seen Jennie before you will immediately recognize her crazy, curly locks of hair that sits high upon her head. Often compared to the flower child of the 60’s, Jennie does have a personal style that reflects that era, especially with songs like “My Sister the Hippie.”

 

If experience creates great lyrics and songs, then Jennie DeVoe displays experience well beyond her years. Bluesy songs like “Butterfly,” “I Break Down,” and “Should’ve Stayed” display Jennie’s powerful vocals and soulful sounds. “Don’t It Sound Good” creates images of driving across the countryside with the top down, and not looking back. “Try Harder” has an Indie rock sound with nice guitar work.

 

Jennie has an awesome stage presence, great sense of humor, and honesty in her music that speaks to you. Her soulful lyrics are full of emotion that knocks on your hearts door, walks right in, and makes you feel. As I looked around the room, I could see that each and every person was intently watching, listening, and enjoying this moment in time. Everyone in the room felt a connection. One couldn’t help but to be drawn in.

 

This larger than life, dynamite in small package performer will win you over quickly as she has with so many. Speaking of which, I must include that at least a quarter of the house was from Indianapolis. When I mentioned this to Jennie after the show, she exclaimed, “They could see me there!” She couldn’t believe so many people flew and drove down to Atlanta to see her. As a matter of fact, Jennie has several upcoming shows, as early as next month, in Indiana.

 

That’s a testament to this talented little lady with a big heart, and powerful voice. If Jennie DeVoe is playing close by or far away, it’s worth the trip to see her and witness greatness.

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