The Devil Makes Three – Do Wrong Right [Album Review]

by oz on April 23, 2009


The Devil Makes Three has just released the latest chapter of their gypsy-punk-hillbilly-bluegrass-blues gospel in an album called Do Wrong Right. That description is a mouthful, but DM3 is far from ordinary. The drummer-less trio consists of guitarist/frontman Pete Bernhard, stand-up bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean. Their sound is driven by rhythm and three-part harmonies that beg you to boogie down, even if you aren’t the boogie down type.

Do Wrong Right might change your opinion about what can be done with an acoustic album. Traditional country songs like “Car Wreck” are offset by up-tempo banjo propelled songs like the album’s title track and then followed by brutally honest blues numbers like “Working Man’s Blues.” I haven’t had a chance to see a live show, but the word-of-mouth about their performances is the stuff of legends. From what I hear, hippies, young kids, college students, yuppies and people of all races and religions are dancing and singing along in blissful coexistence. They are on a monstrous cross-country tour this summer, so we’ll all have a chance to find out for ourselves.

While this ragtag band might be a bit loose and rough around the edges, those same qualities are what bring character to their music. The Devil Makes Three have a lively spirit and are bound to win over audiences all over the country, one drinking hole at a time.

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The Devil Makes Three – All Hail

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

oddbodkins April 23, 2009 at 11:03 am

i took a shinging to these cats a year or two back when i first heard “Old Number 7” (which you might have recommended in the first place, for all i recall). These kids are smoking.

Woody April 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

This is a sweet album. Makes me want to mix up a pitcher of Jack & Lemonade and sit on my porch and drink them until I fall over. All Hail is a tremendous track as well.

aram August 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm

One piece of advice: see them live. As much as I love the albums, their live shows are even better. I’ve seen them five times now and they are consistently amazing. Real nice folks, too.

Whiskey N Banjoes August 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

They are amazing live, pure, honest music. I’m hoping to see them the second time coming up next month. If you want to get a taste check them out on youtube, the KEXP performance has EXCELLENT quality.

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