Feels like the Weepies. Folk like Mumford and Sons. Voice like a Wailin’ Jenny.
Santa Barbara songstress Kat Devlin has been playing righteously and regularly along the California Coast since moving from New York three years ago, rocking clubs from the House of Blues in West Hollywood to Santa Barbara’s SOhO.
Influenced by classic one-namers like Dolly, Ani, Dylan and Joni, and crooning indies like Belle and Sebastian and Neko Case, Kat has created a country-hipster sound that has attracted the attention of listeners near and far. She’s been featured in print (Glide, Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara, Velvet Park, to name a few), on the radio (Treble Clef Live, Proboscis Radio Hour, Key Moments on the Krush), and on television (MusicalCafe TV). And she’s been rocking in the studio.
Kat released her first full-length album, “The Voyage Out,” in August 2010. The record features Ona’s Bear Erickson on slide and bass, and Santa Barbara rhythm marvel Nate Keezer on drums, and ranges from driving rockers (“This is Just to Say”) to twangy waltzes (“Aubade”). The trio reunited in the studio in fall 2011, adding Andrew Kalaidjian on keys and vocals, and Betsy Wise on cello, to record as Kat Devlin and the White Whale (with Kat doing the singing, guitar, (and mandolin!) thing). Kat and band emerged after an intense two-week recording extravaganza with the “REM Cycle” extended EP. The 6-song EP was recorded up at Erickson Sound Labs in Buellton, Calif., and gives some indie-pop legs to Kat’s folk-country sound in tunes like the twee-beated “Dear Emmi,” and the sweet and sultry “REM Cycle #3.”
In addition to gigging with the White Whale, Kat continues a full schedule of solo performances, creating a larger sound through the expert use of a loop station that transforms her music into a symphony of vocal percussion, soloing guitar, and layered vocals.