14 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Devil Makes Three are one of the tighter Americana trios around. Playing acoustic guitar, banjo, and upright bass, they blend bluegrass, old-time country, rockabilly, and Piedmont blues and serve it up with punk attitude and flair. Wry and whip-smart lyrics, rich harmonies, and a steady rhythmic drive propel I'm a Stranger Here. Producer Buddy Miller deftly captures this unhinged energy on the stompers "Hallelu," "Dead Body Moving," and "Spinning Like a Top" while adding new dimensions to the group's sound with occasional use of fiddle and percussion. Elsewhere, special guests The Preservation Hall Jazz Band add clarinet and brass to the spectacular ragtime workout "40 Days." But the band shines at slower tempos as well, as evidenced on the twangy ballad "A Moment's Rest" and the closing waltz "Goodbye Old Friend." This is a crack band with a distinct style, and their fourth release captures their musical chops and songwriting finesse in equal measure.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Devil Makes Three are one of the tighter Americana trios around. Playing acoustic guitar, banjo, and upright bass, they blend bluegrass, old-time country, rockabilly, and Piedmont blues and serve it up with punk attitude and flair. Wry and whip-smart lyrics, rich harmonies, and a steady rhythmic drive propel I'm a Stranger Here. Producer Buddy Miller deftly captures this unhinged energy on the stompers "Hallelu," "Dead Body Moving," and "Spinning Like a Top" while adding new dimensions to the group's sound with occasional use of fiddle and percussion. Elsewhere, special guests The Preservation Hall Jazz Band add clarinet and brass to the spectacular ragtime workout "40 Days." But the band shines at slower tempos as well, as evidenced on the twangy ballad "A Moment's Rest" and the closing waltz "Goodbye Old Friend." This is a crack band with a distinct style, and their fourth release captures their musical chops and songwriting finesse in equal measure.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

31 Ratings

Exceptional

mountain skies 221 ,

Wow. This is a great album. The lack of drums is a complete nonissue what with this band's amazing guitars. Devil Makes Three captures the spirit of bluegrass in a way that is all their own. Favorite Tracks: The Plank, Old Number Seven, Ten Feet Tall.

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DraggieDrag,

If you're a blues fan, then you will be dumbstruck by how good these guys are

About The Devil Makes Three

As a drummerless acoustic trio consisting of two guitarists and a string bassist, the Devil Makes Three are not your normal alt-country band. While deeply rooted in the blues and country music, they enthusiastically incorporate elements of bluegrass, ragtime, and jug band traditions as well. The group also makes no bones about its punk rock influences, and despite the lack of a drummer, it always plays with the needs of dancers in mind. Although the Devil Makes Three consist entirely of New Englanders (two members are from Vermont and one is from New Hampshire), the group formed in Santa Cruz, California and self-released its eponymous debut in 2002. Its sophomore effort, Longjohns, Boots and a Belt, was released in 2004, followed by a live album titled A Little Bit Faster and a Little Bit Worse. The Devil Makes Three then signed to Milan Records, which reissued their debut album. In 2009, the label released the group's third studio album, Do Wrong Right, which hit number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. Recorded over a two-night stand at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, California, the live Stomp and Smash appeared in 2011, also on Milan. After a switch to New West Records, they released the impressive, Buddy Miller-produced I'm a Stranger Here in the fall of 2013. It marked the trio's first appearance on the Billboard 200. They followed it up with a covers album in 2016. Called Redemption & Ruin, the record featured guest spots by names such as Emmylou Harris, Duane Eddy, and Jerry Douglas. ~ Rick Anderson

  • ORIGIN
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • GENRE
    Country
  • FORMED
    2002

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