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Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for his meaningful lyrics and melodic acoustic guitar tunes. He cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Guns N' Roses, Brother Paramo and Nirvana, among others. He grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and has spent significant time in Manhattan and Queens as well. Devine cites this well-roundedness as the primary reason why at almost any given time he can determine his own location within one of the five boroughs without a problem.
Devine graduated Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 2001, majoring in journalism. He also played in an indie/punk/emo band called Miracle of 86 after the (Miracle) New York Mets. Even before that, he played with a popular band in the local Staten Island scene called Delusion. At Fordham he was able to hone his acoustic solo skills by playing at various open-mic and college events which made him very popular among the student body. During this time he also appeared in regular stints at the Wetlands Preserve.
Although still relatively unknown, Devine gained some popularity with his 2003 album, Make the Clocks Move. Newer songs reflect Devine's political views and the recent death of his father to a stroke. He has recorded records for Immigrant Sun Records and Triple Crown Records and has worked with Brooklyn based producer Mike Skinner, who is also credited as the drummer on his solo records as well as the drummer for Miracle of 86. He recently signed with Capitol Records, and they released his fourth album, Put Your Ghost to Rest, on October 17, 2006. Only four months after his major label debut, Devine was dropped from Capitol Records due to EMI merging Virgin and Capitol Records.
In May 2007, Brooklyn-based label Academy Fight Song released Put Your Ghost To Rest as a double-LP on colored vinyl, including three previously unreleased b-sides. These b-sides include 'Harvest Moon' by Neil Young, 'Holland, 1945' by Neutral Milk Hotel, and Devine's own 'Wolf's Mouth.' The double-LP is on limited edition solid white/solid orange vinyl limited to an initial pressing of 500 units.
Devine's late 2007 touring schedule includes a tour with Jesse Lacey (of Brand New) at the end of July through early August, followed by a short trip to London, a spot on the Austin City Limits Festival, and a tour with Chin Up Chin Up throughout Germany.