THE DEVIL MAKES THREE+ RHINO AND THE RANTERS
With a slightly punky perspective on vintage American blues, The Devil Makes Three is a breath of fresh musical air. 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.
Sourcing blues and throwing in fierce finger-picking guitar, a little slide, tenor banjo and rocking upright bass, The Devil Makes Three create a multi-spanned bridge between musical styles. Their vocal harmonies wind tightly around original songs and breathe life into favorite covers. It all pours forth from a timeless pulse that pulls you to the past, flies you to the future and lands you on the dance floor.
The three band members are from Vermont, where Bernhard and McBean played in a few rock and punk bands, but found their most exciting common ground in old blues and country-styled acoustic music. When Bernhard and McBean caught up with Turino in Santa Cruz, CA, she learned bass and the band was born. Back then, they had no idea it would lead them to such auspicious destinations as the Newport Folk and Austin City Limits Festivals, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, and on tours with Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Trampled By Turtles.
Since releasing their first album in 2002, The Devil Makes Three has played nationwide to raving, capacity crowds whose enthusiastic support has guaranteed the band a sizable and loyal following. TDM3’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville.
Watch the video for ‘Stranger’ below:
Plus support from RHINO AND THE RANTERS
Rhino and the Ranters are infamous for their high octane live sets and have been exciting audiences across the UK since they were formed by Ryan Webb in London in 2009.Their raucous delivery and on-stage charisma have won them a loyal army of fans. Their music has been described as Cow-Punk, Gospel Blues, a mixture of Roots, Rock and Roll and Bluegrass. Difficult to pigeon hole, their sound is simply Ranter Music. There is no-one else like them.
They released their debut album, The Hanging Room in 2010. Songwriter Ryan blends the dark imagery of death, witchcraft, addiction and madness with humour and wordplay all set to pop-like melodies. The band are currently working on their second album.
Some highlights for the band so far have included sharing bills with bands such as the Roddy Radiation’s Skabilly Rebels, Hans Chew, Tom Hickox , The Urban Voodoo Machine and Matt Fraser. The band are set to play Lunar Festival this summer.
Listen to ‘Radio Joe’ below: