Among the attractions at the annual March Music Madness was Kelowna-based singer/songwriter Devon Coyote who performed, with band, at Bottoms Bar and Grill.
With the sun shining on the Bottoms patio during après, Coyote unleashed a set of foot stomping, head nodding bluesy rock and roll tunes mixed with softer folk-country and pop ballads. After dark, his over-driven harmonica and slide guitar laden tunes had the whole bar pumping, while his acoustic ballads helped soothe limbs weary from a long day on the slopes. Highlighting his diversity, after calls for an encore, Coyote even treated the après crowd to a short rendition of Backstreet Boys’ hit “I want it that way.”
After the gig Coyote said he had a blast playing for the Sun Peaks crowd.
“The show was awesome! Lots of great people in the room,” Coyote said. “Playing the patio set for après ski was a beautiful first outdoor show for the year.”
And it was fitting as Coyote has a stage presence and style that’s reminiscent of the likes of Ben Harper, Keith Urban and John Mayer. While those names might sound out of place together, Coyote’s first album Blue, Black and Grey is a chameleon that imitates each of them at different points, morphing from blues, rock and roll, country, pop and folk as it progresses.
Of the mix of genres, Coyote tries not to pigeonhole himself.
“I’ve always tried to not focus on any one genre. If I feel like writing a country song one day and a rock one the next than that’s what I do,” Coyote
And it’s starting to pay off, since going solo in the summer of 2011 Coyote is amassing a solid resume including being nominated for the BCIMA (BC Interior Music Awards) 2011 New Artist of the Year, writing the musical score for the TV show The Real Canadian Joes and having his single “Always in the Grey” featured on Ryder Eyewear’s promotional video.
Lately Coyote’s been working on the follow-up to Blue, Black and Grey, which is still in the planning phase but is expected “out by June at the latest.”
“(I’m) not sure what the title is going to be,” Coyote said, adding that “as far as singles go I’m going to release a few that’ll be different genres — country, rock, blues, pop.”
After the release it’s going to be a busy summer for Coyote including gigs in B.C., Alberta, the Yukon and hopefully the U.S.A. If you missed Coyote at Bottoms, you can see him at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Central Alberta Music Festival in Red Deer, Wapiti in Fernie, Sunstroke Music Festival in Whitehorse and more.
For more information visit: devoncoyote.com