In tune with musicians |

In tune with musicians

Devon Alves

Editor’s note: Devon Alves and his band, Mellow Rollers, will play old-time blues and gypsy jazz in the Last Turn Lounge today as Sunlight Mountain Resort’s aprés ski entertainment.Devon AlvesCity/town: Carbondale

Musical background/education: I picked up the guitar when I was 16 after I heard B.B. King for the first time. I took lessons from teachers and friends, but I have learned the most from traveling around the world with a guitar.Places you’ve played: Cuba; Humbolt County, Calif.; Ecuador; the bathroom; by the river; Australia; the street; Steve’s Guitar; my mom’s house; and Alaska.Family information: My ancestors migrated to New York City as a gypsy-style band called the Accordions. I come from a long line of wonderful, freaky artist-types.

What is the best part about being a musician? Playing songs for folks, and sharing in on a groove with other musicians.What do you do in your free time? Often I stay up late drinking whisky and writing poems, and I love getting lost up in the mountains.What’s your favorite instrument? National steel guitar.

Who’s your favorite musician? There are so many greats out there.What or who is your biggest influence? The road.What’s your favorite song?: Right now, it’s “Long Way Home” by Tom Waits.The Post Independent is asking accomplished musicians to participate in “In Tune With Musicians” by providing clear, descriptive and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their industry, hobbies and influences. Return completed forms to April Clark, at, 945-4487 (fax), or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

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