It’s not pure coincidence that Phil DeVille and Mandy Smith crossed paths, it was destiny. Lovers of roots music and Texas music, each was on a similar mission to record and perform their original songs. That's exactly what they did and many albums later that's what they are still doing today.
Phil DeVille lead singer, writer and guitar player, male muse of Smith DeVille, started his career playing his own kind of Rockabilly in his band Mustang Lightning and has a great following in Denver Colorado where he still plays today at the Skylark Lounge. Phil spent ten year performing in New Orleans where he was signed to Monkey Hill records and New Rose records in France (1993). He worked with Cowboy Mouth, Allan Toussaint, Alex Chilton, Michael Ray and Andre Williams and once he came to Houston he was fully immersed in the scene. He's played with many different bands to include the Albert Storo Blues band where he crossed paths with Mandy Smith in Kemah Texas one summer night.
Mandy Smith, singer songwriter from Houston Texas was writing and performing original roots music around the gulf coast (2002) and was in the final stages of completing her first album which sparked the influence and production of DeVille’s musical expertise. They released the self-titled album Mandy Smith Group (2003) and then within a year also released the very well received West Texas Sun (2004) at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Hot Town Cool City (2007) a documentary film produced by Maureen McNamara asked Mandy to be on the sound track and do a cameo appearance in the film which was released on PBS about the incredibly unique Houston Art Scene. The albums she’s released to date include Mandy Smith Group (2002), West Texas Sun (2003), Comin Hom e(2004) and Texas Star (2008). She has just released the song "Ranch Hand Man" with Smith DeVille and will be releasing over a dozen new songs this year! Smith DeVille continues to write, record and perform in Houston and across the Texas Gulf Coast.
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Phil DeVille’s history spans a vast musical genre and he’s released dozens of albums and songs. Phil DeVille’s music was in the documentary film “Miles’s to Surf” and Vampira the Movie.
Phil Deville’s recorded music includes the albums Mustang Lightning, Texas Voodoo Surf, Kepler’s Planet, Texas Voodoo Surf rerelease, Texas Radio, Chopper Surf Guitar Club and his new release with Smith DeVille will be “Sunshine Daydream” released this month! All music is available through CD Baby, Amazon or Rumble Cat Records direct.
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