By Mark Ambrogi
Jennie DeVoe just recently put the finishing touch on her CD, literally.
The inspiration for the CD title, “Picking Flowers on the Moon,” comes from a line in one of her songs.
“It’s an old-fashioned drawing,” DeVoe said. “I was a big fan of Maurice Sendak (illustrator known for children’s books). I drew a couple of moons, one for the cover and one for the back.”
DeVoe will release her new CD at two concerts on Nov. 7 at The Warehouse, 254 1st Ave. SW, Carmel. The shows will be at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
“That’s (CD release) a good reason for people to come because it’s something that hasn’t been available to people before,” said DeVoe, who lives on the north side of Indianapolis.
This is singer-songwriter DeVoe’s 10th CD. The CD, under DeVoe’s own label, was recorded live in August at Aten Place in Boyne Falls, Mich. Aten Place is big barn that the owners converted into a concert hall. It was DeVoe’s second appearance at the barn.
“It had some magic to it,” DeVoe said. “So it was just a matter of getting the right levels.”
Because it was a live recording, DeVoe said the cost of producing this CD wasn’t as costly.
“This CD sort of made itself,” she said. “This show had some magic to it. So it was just matter of getting the right levels. So there was no overhead except for me making the art.”
The CD includes some of DeVoe’s original songs and covers of other artists, such as a cover of Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and an acoustic version of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Que Sera.”
The inspiration for another cover came from listening to father’s older records.
“He listened to Billie Holiday and Louie Armstrong,” DeVoe said. “I remember listening to ‘I Put a Spell on You’ by Nina Simone. It’s a culmination of me hearing a version from everybody, from the Credence Clearwater Revival version to Nina Simone. It’s was me on guitar and my bass player.”
Prior to this release, DeVoe promoted her last CD, Radiator, though a Kickstarter campaign.
“We tripled our expectations so that was a big sigh of relief,” DeVoe said.
Now DeVoe is eager to return to The Warehouse.
“We did enjoy our last show at The Warehouse in May, which sold out,” DeVoe said. “We could have sold out two shows. So it was the venue owner’s idea to have two shows back-to-back.”
DeVoe said it will be completely different from her last Warehouse show.
“So if people want to come, it will be a completely different show,” DeVoe said. “I’m always doing something new so I’m not completely repeating myself. We’ll even throw in a couple new songs that we’ve never done before. It keeps us all on our toes.”
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
For tickets, liveforthemusic.com