Up-and-coming Americana artist Evan Boyer is not a polished, perfect singer-songwriter plucked from the glossy pages of a music magazine: He’s the genuine article, making real and relatable music from the rough fodder of personal experience. Approaching songwriting with a healthy dose of humanity, he draws inspiration from the raw edges of his own, admittedly flawed existence, offering the world a unique brand of country-leaning Americana that is down-to-earth, authentic, and emotionally compelling. His songs are laid-back, everyman narratives in the vein of artists like Jason Isbell and Tom Petty, with an organic, natural sound. Nothing here is sleek or over-produced. “The way I see it: I’m kinda flawed…and that’s okay,” he says. “A lot of my songs are about messing up and dealing with the consequences. About how it’s okay to be flawed. We’re just people.”
Born in North Carolina and raised in a tiny, rural town in the Northeast, Boyer began making music in his early teens, inspired by alt-rock and pop-punk acts like The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters, and Blink 182. A self-taught guitarist, he fronted a range of punk and rock bands growing up before honing his acoustic chops for less rowdy gigs. Now based in Dallas, Texas, he’s developed his own distinctive sound that blends the beautifully vulnerable with the brutally honest. Touring with his band Evan Boyer and the Remedy, Boyer’s style is informed by both local and national acts, including Dallas artist Joshua Ray Walker and country icon Jason Isbell.
In October 2022, Boyer released his debut single, “Hearts on Fire,” to streaming platforms everywhere. The self-produced track, recorded at the famed Audio Dallas studio (where Willie Nelson recorded Redheaded Stranger), showcased Boyer’s rootsy, resonant vocals and easy, Springsteenesque appeal. After booking a statewide radio tour, he returned to the studio to work on what would eventually become his debut full-length album, The Devil in Me.
Balancing upbeat, Americana anthems with elegant, country-leaning ballads, The Devil in Me feels both idiosyncratic and universal. It’s a musical, heartfelt reflection on an unavoidable truth: We all make mistakes. And sometimes those mistakes are what make life beautiful.