Long Sleeve Story
On September 7, 2001, The Village Voice welcomed Devon Sproule to New York, hailing her as 'a transformed female folkie' and announcing the release of her second CD. This sophomore effort, Devon's 'Long Sleeve Story' (Three Word Records) was produced by Stefan Lessard (DMB), engineered by Ryan Nichols, and featured a host of Charlottesville's finest musicians including the legendary jazz trumpeter John D'earth (Miles Davis; Bruce Hornsby). Long Sleeve Stories: The female-folk genre is often a big old yawn, especially when they mix it up with some (usually generic Ani-like) rock. 'Long Sleeve Story' presents this transformed female folkie with a ferocious backing band. Her melodic ambitions bring to mind Bjork, and her forays into the dark, Michelle Shocked... (Bosler) -Village Voice September 11, 2001 Touring to support her forcoming release, 'Long Sleeve Story,' produced by Stefan Lessard of the Dave Matthews Band, Devon Sproule has noteworthy guitar chops and an undeniably soulful vocal sensibility. -The New Yorker Magazine April 16, 2001 '...refreshingly inventive and unpredictable. Devon Sproule's lyrics are some of the better I've heard in quite some time and her guitar arrangements show scant trace of a folky cookie cutter.' -Cville Weekly September 9, 2002 'Devon Sproule is strange, but in a good way. Her choice of covers and the lyrics to her originals make me wonder where this girl is coming from. Wherever it is, I wish I was from there, too. To see someone so deep and so young is scary. The potential is here for something big, real big.' -Richmond Music Journal May 5, 1999.
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