Nashville-based R&B and rock singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian is the latest Philly native to be signed to a major label, Capitol Records. Gilfillian, from Morton, PA, draws musical influences from Al Green, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix. He released his debut EP in May, 2016, and is currently working on his debut full length.
Gilfillian moved to Nashville in 2013, taking with him his love of R&B, rock and soul music. He quickly settled into a local blues band, where he wrote and recorded his own original songs. There’s a lot to like about the songs on his EP. From the swampy, bluesy soul of songs like “Shortcut” and “Travelin’ Blues” to the expressive gospel influences of “Lucy,” Gilfillian’s musical muscle is tempered by his swagger and confidence.
In October, 2017, Devon was featured in a World Cafe Nashville session. He’s been out on tour opening for Anderson East, and is set to play a handful of summer music festivals including WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, July 29th. Gilfillian recently had the honor of singing the Star Spangled Banner at the NFL draft.
Below, listen to the hard hitting, blues inspired rocker, “Troublemaker.”
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