The Halley DeVestern Band
"Halley's got the biggest set of pipes I've heard on a babe in a long time." -
Blues legend Bonnie Bramlett
Being compared to Janis Joplin is a heavy burden. However, blonde bombshell Halley DeVestern explodes out of her songs with unbridled passion, power and social principles requiring no comparison for credibility, including a successful stint as front woman with the legendary Big Brother & the Holding Company.
Reviews for the band's latest album FABBO! BOFFO! SMASHO! have been stellar:
“As young as the year is, a likely candidate for ‘14’s “best of” blues lists has already arrived. The NYC-based Ms. DeVestern muscles her way towards the front of the ever-lengthening line of formidable female blues artists with a fresh-sounding, punchy set of originals as in-your-face as are her full-throttled vocals. ” - Duane Verh, Roots Music Report
"With a voice as big and brassy as New Yorker Halley DeVestern’s, the comparisons to Janis Joplin and Etta James are inevitable... On her latest album, entitled “Fabbo! Boffo! Smasho!,” she mixes the unadulterated sassy strut of Janelle Monae with the quirky, spit-in-your-eye swagger of Neko Case. And, the eight band originals herein combine all her influences, including rock, soul, blues, and a hefty dose of funk...reminiscent of classic Curtis Mayfield... blues fans reap the bounteous benefits.." Sheryl and Don Crow - Nashville Blues Society
“Halley is in a very unique position as a contemporary vocalist blueswoman because she actually says something, sounds real and ain't another pretty face without substance. She writes true blue with hook laden originals that are rich in lyrics that hit like a sledgehammer and a vocal style much like our Lex Grey or a certain Port Arthur, TX lady. Set to wax in NYC, this hot band features LI's Mark Mancini on Hammond, tight horns and cool sound efx. My favs include "Muscle Memory", "Money Ain't Time" and "The Jesus I Know" along with the weird funk hangover of "Tore Up (From the Floor Up)". Gotham's gal is the big city's finest.” (9 snaves) Long Island Blues Society
The Halley DeVestern band have been rubbing elbows on the radio charts with the likes of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Debbie Davies, Charlie Musslewhite, Tinsley Ellis, Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong, Joan Osborne, Tedeschi-Trucks Band and other greats.
Band members are:
Halley - vocals (Big Brother & the Holding Company); David M. Patterson - guitar (Shawn Mullins, Kirsten Thien); Rich Kulsar - drums (Roger Waters, The Zen Tricksters, Toasters, Mickey Dolenz); Tom Heinig - bass (Lamont Cranston Band, Mill City Band).
Halley was a Top-Ten Editor's Pick at Rolling Stone.com, reaching #9 in the Rock and Pop Category and the Top 30 overall.
Halley - vocals
Tom Heinig - bass
Rich Kulsar - drums
Mark Mancini - Keyboards and piano
*ALBUM "FABBO BOFFO SMASHO" making waves at Blues, Roots and AAA radio (#1 SONG ON ROOTS MUSIC REPORT NY SINGLES CHART!)
*Film and TV features (CBS News, Dance Moms, One Life To Live, Ekko)
*Top Ten on the MySpace Blues Charts (Switzerland);
*Editor's Pick at Rollingstone.com
*Chosen feature on MIDEM Compilation
*Editor's Pick at CD Baby
*Honored by the Billboard Songwriters Contest, The Australian Songwriters Contest and others
And remember: Even if you ain't worth nothin', baby, you're still a work of art...
Peace Love and Soul...