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Raised in households where a myriad of music was played and appreciated, from Pink Floyd to The Allmans and Chuck Berry to Joao Gilberto, it comes as no surprise these artists create such diverse tracks. All having been introduced to pianos and drums in the grade school years, they acquired their addictions early on to the creative process and performing craft. Through a series of mutual crossroads in the Catskills and New York while supporting others, Government Mule and The Violent Femmes, these musicians met and formed their own project The Devyl Nellys.
Gigs in music towns, parties and colleges across the US led to genre development and studio sessions at Retrophonics with Jim DeVito and Chapin Music Studios with Billy Chapin. Their distinct 60s bohemian rock style took shape after experimental jams in the loft and garage studios of songwriter Nelly Levon and guitarist James Mastro. Conflicting frustrations with mainstream art and life led to sharp lyrics that are frequently empathisized, and rarely sang. Like many contemporaries, they denied the urge to conform and pursued the independent route to showcase their arrangements. Recently, they've been heard on the festival scene, live venues, songwriter circles and across radio, television & film.