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Listen to Devon Gilfillian play acoustic and chat with Helen Leicht on XPN Local

When he was in town for a smokin’ NON-COMM set earlier this month, Pennsylvania-born singer-guitarist and songwriter Devon Gilfillian caught up with Helen Leicht of the XPN Local Show to play a couple songs acoustic and chat about his journey.

Born in Morton, Pennsylvania and schooled at West Chester University, Gilfillian was immersed in a vast variety of musical influences as a child. His parents gave him classics by Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and The Temptations; meanwhile, he was a hip-hop fanatic, listening to Jay-Z, Kanye West, and The Clipse. Once he picked up a guitar, he dug deep into classic rock and psychedelia from luminaries like Jimi Hendrix, Allman Brothers, and Led Zeppelin.

“I was all over the place musically as I was growing up,” he says. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Devon Gilfillian returns home with new songs and a soulful groove

Devon Gilfillian | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

For suburban Philadelphia native Devon Gilfillian, today’s set on the #XPNFest Marina Stage was a homecoming show of sorts, and the songwriter quickly got a groove going to celebrate. Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian’s chilled-out, bluesy tunes fit well in any region, especially during a breezy afternoon on the waterfront. Continue reading →

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Devon Gilfillian gets soulful in the studio with a live music video for “Troublemarker”

Devon Gilfillian | Photo by Lindsey Patkos | Courtesy of the artist

Nashville-based R&B/rock singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian will appear at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, and he just released a new video for his 2018 single “Troublemarker,” recorded live at Music City’s Smoakstack Studios. Influenced by artist such as Al Green, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix, Gilfillian self-released his 2015 debut EP titled Travelin’ Blues that showcased his blend of soul, blues, rock and gospel. Gilfillian had the honor to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the 2018 NFL draft, and this bluesy track was played throughout the broadcast of the event.

In this performance, we see Gilfillian in a cozy space illuminated by candles and holiday lights, belting out the song while his band and backup singers provide a hard-driving accompaniment. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Troublemaker” by Devon Gilfillian

Devon Gilfillian | Photo by Lindsey Patkos | Courtesy of the artist

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. Continue reading →

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Revisit XPNFest 2018 with a 48-song VuHaus video playlist

Blind Boys of Alabama | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

The annual XPoNential Music Festival is the pinnacle of summer, drawing crowds of passionate music lovers and diehard festival goers. This year’s lineup was impressively diverse, including prominent, well-known artists, from Margo Price, Mondo Cozmo and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to newly emerging bands like Harmony Woods, Bermuda Triangle and The National Reserve. Continue reading →

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XPNFest 2018 brings Josh Ritter, Margo Price, Bermuda Triangle, Phoebe Bridgers and more to Wiggins Park

clockwise from left: Josh Ritter | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN // Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN // Phoebe Bridgers | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Bermuda Triangle | photo by Harvey Hale courtesy of the artist

The Wiggins Park lineup of the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival was rolled out today, and it will bring veteran singer-songwriter Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band to the Camden Waterfront this July, along with country breakout Margo Price, the Nashville trio Bermuda Triangle (featuring Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser) and returning festival favorites The Lone Bellow. Continue reading →