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Letter to Memphis / Press

“2016 Winner - Best Folk Band”

“2015 Winner - RFT Music Awards Best Folk Band”

“Riverfront Times 2014 nominee for Best Folk Band "For guitarist Gene Starks and vocalist/ukelelist Devon Cahill, Letter to Memphis began as a reason to learn and play the works of some of their favorite songwriters, including Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Jeff Mangum and Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell. When the duo started writing its own songs, they were in a traditional style, with elements of folk, country and blues. Now augmented by a full band and a steadily growing cache of fine original material, Letter to Memphis has become a fixture in the city's live music community. Songs like "The Oleatha Shuffle" (about the street where Cahill and Starks live) and "Rest Your Head" are whimsical, even playful in nature. However, it's the smokier, slower material, like "Time" and "Your Eyes and Mine," that really suggest great things to come in the near future."”

““Letter to Memphis plays pop music of a broad range of eras without the slightest regard for distinctions between genres and subgenres, completely at home in any music that could be defined as pleasant and appealing, melodic…their songs have the seductive simplicity of all great pop songs, hooks and chords chiming throughout… “throughout the night Devon sang flawlessly, hitting every note with expert precision, holding them with astonishing purity, and ranging from light and sweet to brassy and powerful as needed.” “They represent a timelessness in the pop songbook that could come to be more apparent with each passing decade of durability, as our children and theirs continue to inhabit the infinite variations of melody and harmony in song.””

“Sometimes blues and folk duos get lost in the bustle of rowdy drinkers in neighborhood bars, but this was never the case for Letter to Memphis. The dominating smokey vocals of Devon Cahill quickly caught the attention of every shot-slinger in the place...As Letter to Memphis progresses, it is well worth your time to drop in on one of their sets and give Cahill's projecting voice and Starks' meditative guitar a listen.”

Cassie Kohler - RFT Music Blog

“Some of the best covers of the night were from female singers, maybe because they can claim Guthrie in ways that men can't. Devon Cahill of Letter to Memphis, cooed her way through "Hobo's Lullaby" like Zooey Deschanel with a better sense of pitch and a $10 watermelon ukulele. Mellow jazz riffs from a guest saxophonist were a special treat.”

Leah Greenbaum - RFT Music Blog; Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Party, Tribute and 88.1 KDHX Benefi