LondonJazz writer Lisa Gee writes about a singer on the boundaries of jazz and country music.
Canadian-born Devon Sproule, based in Charlottesville, Virginia has been compared to Joanna Newsom, Bjork and, on one occasion “a sort of downhome, beatnik, guitar-playing Norah Jones”. Even if you haven’t had the pleasure, you’ll have worked out by now that she’s a left-field, jazz-influenced singer-songwriter with the sort of voice guaranteed to induce the best kind of goose bumps.
Live in London – her 6th album (and she’s still only 28) – features six Sproule compositions, and six covers, the final one of which, Johnny Cash’s I Still Miss Somebody, isn’t trailed in the track listing. It’s being launched, along with the accompanying DVD – a cute, handheld thing, filmed in the tour van and, grainily, at the QEH last year – at Camden’s Green Note on Tuesday 5th October. She’s accompanied on it by husband Paul Curreri on guitar, BJ Cole on pedal steel, Andy Whitehead bass and George Vaughan on drums, with guest musicians popping up here and there.