Martin Devaney: “Outside Looking In”
Local songwriter Martin Devaney has been a fixture on the scene long enough to gain the nickname “the Mayor of St. Paul.” In fact he’s been involved with local music so thoroughly that it seems more like a part of his identity than a simple passion. Imagining the local music scene, particularly of the roots/folk/rock variety, without him as a part of it is not an easy thing to do.
Devaney will release his newest record House of Rust (his sixth) this Friday at the Cedar Cultural Center. The record consists of thirteen new songs, one of which I am happy to report is actually about a block in my St. Paul neighborhood where Devaney has a lot of family history (“Crosby Block”). Devaney refers to the album as his “own personal Basement Tapes” in a recent Gimme Noise interview, in that the recordings weren’t originally intended to be released. But released they will be and soon. You can get a sneak glimpse into Devaney’s melancholic poesy in single “Outside Looking In” which is streaming below. More info about Friday’s show (including tickets) here.