Gathering a mixture of classic styles from folk, rock, and country, Devan Yanik shifted from his start in an acoustic duo, releasing several well received indie albums in the 90’s, to expanding his range into rock with his band YES NO MAYBE in the 2000’s. Releasing two CDs with the Memphis Records label, he toured the country and played over 1000 shows in under 5 years.
With his smooth tenor voice and polished musical tone, the songs from his latest solo release, FIRE AND STONE (2019), touch on relevant and thought-provoking subjects.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Devan spent the early years of his career with an acoustic duo called NOVEMBER. Winning regional awards for best Musical Artists two years in a row, opened for popular acts including; Indigo Girls, Leo Kottke, Jackopierce, Vertical Horizon, and others. When the duo split apart, Devan then moved to Memphis in 1994 playing in and out of several bands for years until he found a home with the band YES NO MAYBE in 2003. Once again garnishing regional success and relentless touring, opening for acts such as: Switchfoot, Los Lonely Boys, Will Hoge, Family Force 5, and even Morris Day and the Time. YES NO MAYBE was in full motion for 5 years.
Devan jumped off the road in 2009 and settled down in Memphis playing solo and duo acoustic guitar shows for fun.
In 2016, he reunited with NOVEMBER and has released two new CDs, LET THE LIGHT IN (2017), and HIGHWAYMEN (2018), they are currently working on their 6th studio release.
In late 2019, Devan released a collection of songs, co-written with his wife Jennifer, for his solo project titled FIRE AND STONE. He enlisted the help from fellow Memphis musicians like; Justin Moore (Ingram Hill), Richard Cushing (Freeworld), Chris Gafford (Crash Into June and YNM), and Richard Robison (YNM).
These new songs invoke deep feelings related to many social issues of the day, Substance abuse, suicide, domestic violence, but also that of hope and love.
Devan has no expectations other than trying to reach out to as many people who are willing to listen.
He is a member of the Memphis Songwriters Association, and works to help shine a light on the wealth of talented songwriters here in Memphis, TN.
The DeSoto County Museum is operated by the Historic DeSoto Foundation. The museum educates the public about the history of the DeSoto County area by preserving and interpreting historically significant photos, documents, and artifacts that represent the history of DeSoto county from the time of Hernando DeSoto's exploration in 1541 to modern times.
The museum is open to the public, for private or school group tours, and for event rental.
Located at 111 East Commerce Street in Hernando, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5pm
For more information visit: DeSoto County Museum
In 1984, DeSoto County citizens formed the Historic DeSoto Foundation to preserve DeSoto County history by recording our past, collecting artifacts and photographs, and dreamed of one day opening a museum. In 1998, two events pushed the development of a DeSoto County museum into high gear. First, a historic home was torn down in order to build the county’s new administration building. The loss of this home, along with many other historic structures over the years, highlighted the need for a place to preserve county history. The project also took a new turn when Hernando’s First Presbyterian Church property came up for sale. At the encouragement of the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, the decision was made to purchase this property to preserve the 1870’s church and convert the education building into a museum.