“I came to see a bluegrass show and got absolutely run over by a female blues-rocker and a slide playin', chicken pickin', telecaster magician. Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils could be one of the best live acts I've seen this year (and maybe ever). As a vocalist, Jennifer has one of the most powerful and soulful voices you will hear--a perfect match for the blues, soul and southern-rock/country material she performs. There should not be any way all of that sound, and grit, and feral emotion can come out of someone that small. She must have some ethereal connection to all the greats that have gone before: Janis Joplin, KoKo Taylor and Grace Slick can all be heard in her voice. And then there's Dylan Dunbar on guitar. His tone is unbelievable, and has that magic "Telecaster through a Fender Tube Amp".He's a phenomenal slide player and one of the best country pickers I've heard. He also possesses a magical connection to the audience, giving it 100%...and then when the cro”
“Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils sound like they made a serendipitous wrong turn on their way to the juke joint and wound up in a countrypolitan cathedral instead. It's beautiful and ever so haunting. Westwood's voice is sexy and strong as it applies the seduction over the band's groove and thoughtful reserve. The road is the band's home, but so is the Motor City — when it's not playing "spin the odometer" some 200-odd nights a year. Westwood got her start in church before graduating to session work with artists like soulster Carl Carlton, all the while being drawn to roots-rock and the blues. And the Handsome Devils lay it down as pretty as their golden haired captain. It's honky-tonk with a little less honky. It's atmospheric yet immediate and approachable. It packs a wallop. City tracked down Westwood on a 23-day tour somewhere between nowhere and East Jesus. We talked about church, Detroit, and how wrong feels so right. An edited transcript follows.”
“Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils didn’t disappoint audience members who had come out specifically to see them, their performance was impeccable. Jennifer Westwood has an incredibly powerful voice with range. She can move from a velvet whisper to piercing highs. The Handsome Devils accompanying her are also fine musicians. The guitar playing of Dylan Dunbar was hot and greasy. The drummer and JD Mackinder were rock solid. Jarrod Champion handled the keyboards with stylish flair.”
“With his unmistakable voice, incomparable eccentricity and willingness to defy genres, Tom Waits is a musical icon. The artist turns 65 on Sunday, and the occasion is being celebrated Thursday night by an impressive group of musicians from Detroit and Chicago (including local roots outfit Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils) during a special concert at the Hastings Street Ballroom......”
"Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils sound like they made a serendipitous wrong turn on their way to the juke joint and wound up in a countrypolitan cathedral instead. It's beautiful and ever so haunting. Westwood's voice is sexy and strong as it applies the seduction over the band's groove and thoughtful reserve”...
“Westwood is a dynamic Detroit-based singer who packs a soulful punch. To coin a classic and time-honored phrase—“she’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n roll.””
“Westwood is an incendiary and dynamic lead singer.....this group has monster potential in a variety of venues and markets.”
“She's been through some tough, even hellish times, and she's refusing to let any of those experiences betray her. They inform her work, so what we get on her recent Dishwater Blonde EP, as the title suggests, is a perfect combination of those two mind-sets — strength and fragility.”
“Tuesdays guest gave us another “wow” moment. Jennifer Westwood had the pipes and blew us away when she started out with a rendition of Ted Nugent’s song, Hey Baby. She would some day love to play Tokyo. Dylan Dunbar was here to accompany her on guitar. He was flawless.”
“Jennifer Westwood’s Dishwater Blonde (self-released) EP is a tremendous piece of work, expertly straddling the line between alt-country and hard rock, she veers around Sheryl Crowe territory with songs like the title track and “Good Life”, but she’s got that Detroit grit in there and so is just better.”
"Westwood brings a modern country rock sound with her new release, Dishwater Blonde, the title track that cuts through the smoke filled air to reveal a simplistic take on life. With tracks like Natrual Disaster, Home, & the seductive, Little Goes a Long Way, Westwood delivers what Nashville looks for, realistics sounds, delivered from the heart".
“Metromix first encountered Jennifer Westwood while wandering around the Berkley Arts Festival. Westwood was playing an acoustic set and our attention was immediately pulled away from the handicrafts that were on display that day to the infectious sounds from the musician on the street. Westwood’s voice overcame the weak sound system and soared... It was also notable that she’s a pretty flash guitar player. Her rich combination of hard rock and honky-tonk country, aided by her own awesome compositions, is impressive in its honesty and sheer power. This Saturday, Westwood plays Eclipz inside Detroit’s Greektown Casino. If anyone is capable of pulling punters away from slot machines and blackjack tables, it’s this rabble-rousing country-rock diva. When did you start singing and playing guitar? I started singing when I was a little girl. I just sang. ...”