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Jimmy Deveney carving out solo career in Duke City

Jimmy Deveney’s return to Albuquerque has been a successful one.

A year ago, he was living in Austin, Texas, and the frontman to both indie projects – Horse Opera and Palomino Shakedown.

Today, he is taking the solo route.

“I’ve started playing the breweries around town,” he says. “They pay a little better, and the crowd is more appreciative. About halfway through this year, I started gigging out with some rhythm sections and we added a piano player. We’re starting to write some new stuff.”

In fact, Deveney is finishing a record that he started while living in Austin.

“I’m hoping to finish that up,” he says. “I’d have to flesh it all out before I went into the studio. I had a space in Austin, and it was much easier to do. Now that I’m back here, I’m looking for a place to get a studio up and running for me.”

The album will have 11 tracks.

Deveney says the songs encapsulate a lot of his time in Austin.

“I started tracking about two years ago,” he says. “It was when I had time in between working with both bands. I have more time now and really want to finish up all the loose ends.”

He hopes to release the album in March, though it’s not a solid deadline.

Adjusting to life in Albuquerque has been a journey for Deveney.

“I was a touring musician in Austin and doing guitar repairing,” he says. “When I came to Albuquerque, it was to be around my folks. That became my main focus, and by accident I started working in coffee and be the manager at (coffee shop) Rust is Gold. I also started a guitar repair business and have a little storefront. My focus has been on family, business and music. I needed to establish a life here and what it was going to look like. That came together pretty easily.”

For his show at Tractor Brewing Wells Park, the set list will be largely from his forthcoming album, as well as some covers.

“I’ll also throw in some Horse Opera and Palomino Shakedown songs,” he says. “It’ll be a fun time to be on stage performing.”

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