Pete Cornelius & the DeVilles est 1999, have released 7 full length albums, toured relentlessly, both national & international. Featured at some of Australia’s most prestige festivals, including Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, The Great Southern Blues Festival, Blues on Broadbeach, Thredbo Blues Festival, The Australian Blues Festival, Forth Valley Blues Festival, Southern Roots, and more. Pete also spent 3 months living in Chicago 2007. There he played many gigs at clubs such as Buddy Guy’s “Legends”, Rosa’s Lounge, Kingston Mines, Blues on Halsted, and also performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, The Taste of Chicago and many other festivals and clubs in the surrounding states.
The DeVilles have gone through a few different phases in the past 11 years. Originally a hard hitting Texas blues band, playing tunes from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. But have now settled into a new groove. Pete’s song writing, singing and guitar playing have evolved into something that can’t quite be described or put under genre titles, but still remain comfortable in the Blues / Roots camp.
His new album entitled ‘Tumbleweed’ features 6 original songs and a few handpicked covers from Neil Young, Allen Toussaint and Rory Gallagher. It also features a new line-up, Henry Nichols – Drums & Percussion, Randal Muir – Hammond Organ & Piano, Kelly Ottoway – Wurlitzer & Piano, Ian Collard – Harmonica, Jane McArthur – Vocals, Carmel Claxton – Vocals and Pete Cornelius – Guitar, Bass & Vocals.