Devon Worley’s Growth on ‘The Sunrise Resistance,’ and its Nirvana Connection

By Andrew Ellis, Editor-in-Chief

For Devon Worley, The Sunrise Resistance wasn’t just another album. It was going to capture the trials and tribulations that her and her band went through while navigating the male-dominated music industry. So it needed to be recorded somewhere special.

Her mom and manager, Jamey Worley, sent some demos to Nashville-based producer Matt McClure (Lee Brice, Kellie Pickler). Luckily, he replied back right away saying that their sound was very cool and different. He agreed to work on the work on the album and traveled up to the Minnesota so the band could play on the album.

“The band and Devon wanted an organic sound on the album that allowed the band’s style to be present,” her manager says. “But also wanted an experienced producer who could put some polish on it help shape the direction.”

In describing her sound Worley says as if Led Zeppelin’s music and Willie Nelson’s music had a baby and was best friends with Eric Church’s album The Outsiders. They also needed a studio where they could hide out and focus on the music.

“We used the live room at Pachyderm studios in Cannon Falls,” Worley says. “Matt McClure traveled from Nashville and stayed with the band at Pachyderm for the week to record and produce this album.”

They’re not alone in the way they used that studio, either. One of Pachyderm’s claims to fame is that legendary grunge band Nirvana stayed at the studio for several months to record In Utero. And for this album, the unique setup was required for an album that showcased Worley’s growth more an ever from her first album, Silver Creek.

“You can hear the growth Devon experienced between the two albums as a songwriter, vocalist, and as a woman,” Worley says. “The subject matter got deeper. The writing became more artistic and the band created a unique sound that was not very present on the first album.”

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