The Devil Makes Three release “Do Wrong Right” on Milan Records May 5th

On March 24th, The Devil Makes Three will release the “Aces and Twos” 7″ of two songs SIDE A: Aces and Twos  and  SIDE B: Help Yourself.
SXSW show announced!

BPM Magazine:
“From the  musical gumbo pot  of  slide guitar, harmonica, and tenor banjo on their   self-titled debut,  it’s hard to believe that Devil aren’t from  some backwoods  swamp.   Nevertheless, songs like “Old  Number Seven” mix buoyant acoustic   guitars and booze-drenched  lyrics for a potent concoction of hangover   music…With their  raucous, energetic live set, the combination has  definitely   proven successful – all the while appealing to surprisingly   disparate crowds.”

The Devil Makes Three quite possibly are the  best  band that you have never heard of. They have been constantly on tour,  selling out dates across the  country and in their neck of the woods on the  West Coast drawing  nearly capacity crowds nightly. This is all word of mouth.  For the  past 7 years, The Devil Makes Three have garnered fans the old school way, playing a city, making friends,  conquering  fans and moving on. When they hit the next town, venues  are packed with folks  that heard from a friend in a city that they’d  been before.

Laced with elements of ragtime, country,  folk and rockabilly, the critically praised, drummer-less trio – consisting of guitarist/frontman Pete Bernhard, stand-up bassist Lucia Turino and  guitarist  Cooper McBean – brings  forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in  rhythm and alive with three part harmonies  which is pleasingly dissimilar to most other bands in modern music.

The Devil Makes Three had the goal of being “an acoustic band but to play our shows like a rock show,” the band changed notions of what acoustic music could be. Mixing styles from the ragtime and country music of the twenties and thirties to the rock-and-roll  and punk music of their  adolescence, The Devil Makes Three pushes the  boundaries of  acoustic music. Citing influences as varied as  Steve Earle, the Reverend Gary Davis, Memphis Jug Band, and Django  Reinhardt, the band combines tight vocal harmonies with idiot-savant finger style guitar to create an exciting and original sound. The end result is genuine blues music that thrives as much in a live setting as it does on The Devil Makes Three.

Aces and Twos” 7″ of two songs SIDE A: Aces and Twos and SIDE B: Help Yourself.

Both of these  songs were recorded in Vermont last  December and January and these versions are only available on this limited edition 500 quantity hand numbered 7″. We are not going to send any mp3s or anything  online, and we will never press more than 500. These versions will only exist here, but there are new versions of the songs on the full length record.

The Devil Makes Three

was conceived on  an epic goat ride through the Himalayas in search of the  elusive yeti. On this  fateful journey the drummer  was killed in a bone-crushing avalanche.  In another turn of bad luck a  wandering priest cursed the three to  tour the United States endlessly with  nothing to listen to but Ravi  Shankar.

Before  long the group lost touch with reality and were incarcerated for trying to  over throw the  government. While residing in the asylum for the criminally  insane  all members of the group received electro shock therapy in the hopes that it would make them normal productive members of society.

Strangely enough just the  opposite  happened and they were eventually released when some  paper work went missing. The rest as they say is   history….

But seriously folks.

(more to   come)

March 12: Club Fred – FRESNO,  CA
March  13: Las Vegas Country Saloon – LAS VEGAS,  NEVADA
March 14: The Green Room,  FLAGSTAFF, CA
March 16: WXSW  Festival – TUCSON, ARIZONA
March 21 – Submerged, Austin  TX
March 18:  Lovejoys – AUSTIN,  TX
March 23: The Blue Door – OKLAHOMA CITY,  OKLAHOMA
March 26:  Burt’s Tiki Lounge: SALT LAKE CITY,  UTAH

May 2: Great  American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA . CD  RELEASE
May 10: Downtown Brew – San Luis Obispo,   CA
May 11: Downtown Brew: San Luis Obispo, CA
May 15: Mystic  Theater,  PETALUMA, CA
May 17: The Historic Ashland Armory,  ASHLAND, Oregon
May  22: Stawberry Music Festival. YOSEMITE  NATIONAL PARK, CA
May 26: WOW Hall,  EUGENE, OR
May 27: Wonder  Ballroom, PORTLAND, OR
May 28: The Crocodile –  SEATTLE,  WASHINGTON
May 30: The   Other Side – MISSOULA, MONTANA
May 31: The FIlling Station –  BOZEMAN,  MONTANA

Quotes and   Quotes:
“…not as polka-folk-psychedelic as   anticipated,  rather using elements of a grandiose orchestral  experience  and coupling it  with acoustic guitar to produce a  precise and melodic  sound.”

SF  Weekly
“The Devil Makes Three  doesn’t have a drummer, but  the band doesn’t need one….. a sound that combines  bluegrass,  old-time music, folk,  rockabilly, and Piedmont blues and   ragtime, all played with a blazing  punk-rock  attitude.”

LA Examiner
“Although  they’re an  acoustic  outfit, their adrenaline-fueled mélange of  ragtime, folk, blues and   primitive country has won them fans  of all ages from grandparents to   grandkids.”


Like the  Violent Femmes before  them,  Santa Cruz’s the Devil Makes Three infuse  their  country-bluegrass swing with a  raucous punk spirit….Devil Makes   Three are a rare breed: wild  traditionalists.”

“the gypsy-folk,    pirate-camp and whiskey-whore sound of The Devil Makes Three  is a  welcome  addition to this under-appreciated   sub-genre.”

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