Americana is raging like a rampant wildfire throughout Seattle. No one is safe. Not even the most tried-and-true rock-and-rollers: Ryan Devlin, who daylights as the bassist of Hounds of the Wild Hunt, has a new folksy side project.
Talk about a turnaround. It's called Smokey Brights, and features Devlin, the primary songwriter, playing guitar and singing lead vocals. The band is rounded out by members of Armed With Legs and What What Now--James Weston Vermillion on bass, Michael Kalnoky on lead guitar, and Nicholas Krivchenia on the drums. The band's Facebook page describes their sound as "a rare blend of country, soul, rock, and Graceland-era Paul Simon."
Check it out for yourself. Here's the upbeat "Everyday," which has a vague Tom Petty feel to it:High Dive. They'll have a full-length available for download on May 24, followed by a release show at the Tractor on May 26.