Devon Sproule

Decades: 2000s


1982, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. This Virginia-based singer-songwriter began to gain good notices in the early 00s with a string of accomplished albums. Sproule was born in Canada but moved to the USA at an early age, and grew up surrounded by music and musicians on a commune in rural Virginia. She was playing guitar and performing in public by her late teens, and released an independent album (billed as Devon) in 2000. Although the self-penned material was raw and at times callow there was ample evidence of an emerging songwriting talent and a gifted guitarist. The follow-up, Long Sleeve Story, featured fuller backing and drifted firmly towards alternative pop, albeit with mixed results.

Friend and mentor Jess Balkam assisted Sproule on her first two albums, and it was through his connections that she landed a prestigious supporting slot with the Dave Matthews Band. After relocating to New York State in 2002, Sproule shed the rock leanings...

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