Meet Jenifer Westwood at the Beat Goes On


"We all need a human and music connection right now and "The Beats Go On" is going to be memorable for us all. Arts Beats & Eats has always been a yearly highlight for the Detroit area music community and it will be great to join with everyone in saying, 'we're here'. And I'm thankful to Jon Witz and the entire Arts Beats & Eats staff for their persistence in supporting the local music community and giving us all something to look forward to." - Jennifer Westwood

Jennifer Westwood cut her teeth on gospel before hitting the gritty Detroit area bars that set her career in motion; among her first “secular” performances singing in a local nightclub with Motown’s Carl Carlton. Weaving inspiration from her hometown roots and a family tree steeped in a classic country music heritage, the sounds she and guitarist Dylan Dunbar present reflect the blend of cultures drawn into a once thriving rustbelt metropolis. A stew of gospel, blues, and soulful americana.


Dylan Dunbar spent his teen years refining his chops in local blues joints, moving on to perform with W.C. Handy award winners Chef Chris and Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones, as well as country artist Whitey Morgan. His dynamic playing style and soulful slide work evoke thoughts of Texas Blues and Muscle Shoals, complimenting Jennifer's broad vocal range and unique sound that invokes influences ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Big Mama Thorton.


Together, with Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils they have 7 Detroit Music Awards, as well as one for work with Sponge (Sony) frontman Vin Dombroski on a traditional country recording (Lalar V).

Jennifer and Dylan tour 50,000 miles a year as a duo and the full band performing everywhere from corner bars to concert halls. They’ve been on bills with acts such as Paul Cauthen, Hayes Carll, Paul Thorn, Dale Watson, Delbert McClinton, have performed alongside Patti Smith as well as many others.

"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…..And the Handsome Devils lay it
down as pretty as their golden haired captain. It's honky-tonk with a little less honky. It's atmospheric yet immediate and approachable. It packs a wallop” - ​Rochester City Newspaper

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