The Rochester, NY City Newspaper has said it best – “Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils sound like they made a serendipitous wrong turn on their way to the juke joint and wound up in a countrypolitan cathedral instead. It’s beautiful and ever so haunting. Westwood’s voice is sexy and strong as it applies the seduction over the band’s groove and thoughtful reserve….It packs a wallop”. Planted in the center of the Americana/Roots universe; the band blends blues guitar licks and soulful vocals for genre defying feats.
At the helm of the band is Jennifer Westwood and guitarist Dylan Dunbar, who share an affection for gospel, Texas blues, Stax, and Muscle Shoals era artists. Jennifer cut her teeth on gospel in Detroit before hitting the gritty local bars that set her career in motion; along the way adding several Detroit Music Awards to her credit, including one for work with Sponge (Sony) frontman Vin Dombroski on a traditional country recording (Lalar V). Dylan Dunbar spent his teens refining his chops in local blues joints, moving on to perform with W.C. Handy award winners such as Chef Chris and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, as well as country artist Whitey Morgan; recently reuniting with Morgan in the studio for slide work on his recent release, “Hard Times and White Lines.”
Though based in Detroit, home is where the van is for JW&theHD. You’re more likely to catch a show in the Lone Star State than the Mitten State, as its not uncommon for them to log over 50,000 miles a year, touring coast to coast from NYC to San Diego, Miami and Seattle, embracing the road, grateful for every opportunity it has afforded them.
Unforgiven delivers a blues and harmony interpretation of some of rocks all time classics. Lead singer – O’C (Mike O’Connell)…..delivers the vocal sound that will knock you outta your seat! Channeling Joe Cocker, Eddie Vedder, Chris Stapleton, Allman Brothers…and more. Sit back and be ready to get hit with a bluesy soulful rock sound like none before. Don Wood (guitar) – when the bass gets thumping and the HEART gets pumpin and the foot gets tappin…..it’s all Don. Don’s vast musical experience and ability is the backbone of the band. Don’s arrangements and leads drive the band to one cool sound! Andy Haltunnen – THE A-Train! Andy slides and strums to a sound that will make you smile. Keeping with the songs original intent but twisted “Unforgiven” style. As Andy says…”I love how we take a song make it our own!”