“Leave the Light On: The Starlite DeVilles have a new album out titled Hotel. Although the record, produced by Dodd Ferrelle, totally features the band's signature American bar rock, it's not really what anyone would call "whiskey-soaked," and that's a good thing. It just keeps the music trucking along and manages to keep it between the ditches with ability. The band describes itself as "alt-country," so I guess they can be that. Still sounds just like rock and roll to me, though. Probably sounds like rock and roll to Billy Joel, too. Hotel is available for download at a mere $5, and you can stream it all beforehand, so go check it out over at www.reverbnation.com/starlitedevilles. The band is celebrating its CD release with a show at Go Bar on Friday, Oct. 21.”
“These ten songs capture this Athens group's gritty, gasoline-laced style. The Gregory/Fowler tune "Second Hand" opens Hotel with a raucous, bust-you-in-the-mouth sentiment. "Get Over Myself" emits the sweaty rock & roll bar aesthetic, and "Fool's Game" (with a great solo from Fowler) certainly follows the musical vein of The Replacements. Except for the opening track, Gregory wrote all of these compositions. The title track offers a dark and moody story. "Someone Else" counts as one of Hotel's strongest tunes--complete with a weeping pedal steel. "Right Back To You" contains classic guitar tones and a catchy chorus that displays strong songcraft. The acoustic "Nothing To Say" represents good, honest music. "The Way It Sounds" resembles the music of the Drive By Truckers, but Gregory's voice stamps the genetic code on The Starlite Devilles. "The Bitter End" closes Hotel with a sonic quality that conjures the spirit of Johnny Cash. You've not heard the last of the Starlite Devilles.”
“UpstartRoundup: Chances are, if you were a fan of Twain in the late '90s, you'll dig this new project from two of its founding members, Big E and Bear. You'll hear a bit of Replacements-style snarl in the vocals as the group takes on country-fried rock anthems. When Dodd Ferrelle asked the boys to play a show with him, Big E realized he needed to get a full band together. The new group spent most of this summer working on a brand-new record, tentatively titled Hotel, which should be released either at the end of this year or in the beginning of '11. Before the band's next gig, you can tune into WUGA 91.7 FM to hear Bear and Big E perform an acoustic set on public radio/television program "It's Friday" on Sept. 24. But if you just can't wait to get your fill of "Uncle Tupelo-style twangy roots rock with a hint of the Beat Farmers' boozy rowdiness," visit www.reverbnation.com/starlitedevilles ”
"The new project finds them working at their most sophisticated — layering Gregory’s alt-country vocals atop a patchwork of punk influences." "The years of experience have certainly allowed them to hone their sound." "Their focus has shifted and sharpened over time as well, with each member becoming more attuned to the mechanics and intricacies of songwriting."
“You guys ROCK!”