Devon Coyote trio among the headliners at Sound Festival

Lead singer and songwriter Devon Bjarnason will be bringing his band, Devon Coyote, back to Golden for this year's Summer Block Party.

Devon Coyote will be among the headlining groups at this summer’s Golden Sound Festival. Devon Bjarnason (pictured) is the group’s lead singer and songwriter.

Kelowna’s Devon Bjarnason began his music career as a solo artist but his act became a trio 18 months ago after he started getting offers to do some bigger shows.

“With the bigger shows, they would always tell me I needed to be a three-piece and to have a drummer, they’d want more members than just myself so it kind of evolved and kept growing,” Bjarnason said.

Bjarnason, along with bandmates D’Arcy Booth and Dylan Ranney will be performing in Golden as part of the Golden Sound Festival’s Summer Block Party on Aug. 23. Locals might recall Devon’s previous performances in town, and it’s no fluke that he’ll be coming back once again.

“I love the town of Golden, I lived in Revelstoke for years and my biggest regret was not moving over the pass to Golden,” Bjarnason laughed. “I always find the music scene extremely impressive for how small that town is.”

Bjarnason got his own start in music after taking some guitar lessons. He soon discovered his dream was to be a professional musician. Later,  in 2010, he quit his contracting job to pursue music and released his first EP just six months later.

It’s the mixing of a variety of genres that defines Devon Coyote‘s unique sound. Blues-heavy tunes like Always in the Grey and pop tracks like Mona Lisa give the group a broad range and appeal.

Bjarnason remains the principal songwriter and the group’s lead guitarist and singer, with Booth on bass and Ranney on drums bringing their own style to the group as well.

Devon Coyote will be performing at The Golden Taps as part of the Block Party, with their show scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m.. The full festival schedule and lineup can be found at goldensoundfestival.com.