Band: Devon Gilfillian
Date: Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St.,
Tickets: $10, available at Callaghan’s

Nashville’s Devon Gilfillian will be giving the Azalea City a case of the blues. Originally from just outside Philadelphia, Gilfillian picked up the guitar at 14. As he explored his new passion, Gilfillian drew inspiration from artists ranging from Ray Charles to Jimi Hendrix.

During his college years, this guitarist joined the ranks of a local cover band and used his time onstage as a workshop for his own sound. As the band rolled through songs from across genres and generations, Gilfillian honed a trademark style inspired by the greats of rock and blues. Eventually, his desire to compose original songs led him to relocate to Music City.

Gilfillian’s self-titled debut EP introduces listeners to a sound shaped by his experience onstage and the muses that inspired him. Even though this EP holds a mere five songs, the sonic power of the tracks leaves listeners anticipating more from Gilfillian.

This release features an eclectic mix. Gilfillian starts the album with the raw blues ballad “Travelin’ Blues,” followed by the ‘70s soul grooves of “Here and Now.” “Shortcut” uses gospel overtones to deliver a musical sermon. Gilfillian finishes the album with the countrified soul of “Home.” The emotionally driven tracks point to Callaghan’s patrons enjoying a memorable show.