Devil Makes Three

When I moved to Kansas a year ago, I strategically found a home that was equal distance from downtown music venues and Lawrence, KS music venues on the campus of KU. It wasn’t the only factor in buying our house, but it was a factor nonetheless.

There hasn’t been a show since moving here that I’m more excited about than tonight at The Bottleneck in Lawrence. One of folk music’s brightest up and comers (still on the early side of his twenties), John Fullbright, is opening for HearYa Live Session alumni and pride of Santa Cruz, The Devil Makes Three.

Tickets are still available for those that want to dust off their boots and get their twang on. Head over here for the mp3s and vidoes from our DM3 live session.

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The Devil Makes Three – Live Session #52

by Woody on August 4, 2009

Devil Makes Three

A day or so after The Devil Makes Three stormed through Chicago, a buddy of mine asked how I liked the DM3 session. I rubbed my chin thoughtfully and responded in such fashion:

“DM3 album es bueno”

“DM3 in studio es muy bueno”

DM3 live at Beat Kitchen es muy bueno con queso”

What the hell does that mean? Besides the obvious, 1) everything goes better with cheese and 2) I have a limited use of the English language.

It means that DM3 are one of the better live acts touring the country these days. Individually, Pete, Lucia and Cooper are each immensely talented, but the way they work together is the real treat. With a frantic brand of music that feels like it could easily veer off the tracks at any moment, it’s imperative that the three band mates not step on each other’s toes or the music could get muddled. Luckily, Devil Makes Three has the technical chops to pull each song off flawlessly.

Shirk did a fantastic job of capturing their sound here, but I implore you see them live if you have the chance. They even joked about the studio performance at the show, saying it was tough to play standing still to remain on camera.

The crowd at the show that night was a demographic mixed bag, which is consistent from what I’ve read in press clippings. From one release, I read “The Devil Makes Three has developed an audience that encompasses just about every kind of music fan from punk rockers to Deadheads, bluegrass barflies and rockabilly fanatics to indie rock kids.”

Didn’t matter what they were wearing. Everyone was dancing their ass off and I almost had my ACL torn apart by a girl slipping in her stilettos.

Exclusive: The Devil Makes Three – For Good Again

Exclusive: The Devil Makes Three – Do Wrong Right

Exclusive: The Devil Makes Three – Poison Trees

Exclusive: The Devil Makes Three – Help Yourself

Exclusive: The Devil Makes Three – The Day I Jumped From Uncle Harvey’s Plane

Download the session as a zip.

Video: The Devil Makes Three – Do Wrong Right (see more videos from this session here).

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devil makes three

Devil Makes Three are high-tailing into the Windy City from Minneapolis and will be stopping in for a quick session before their show at Beat Kitchen tomorrow (Thursday night). I once described their sound as gypsy-punk-hillbilly-bluegrass-blues gospel. I still haven’t seen them live, but their shows are said to be a great party and they sell out most in the Bay Area.

If you ain’t got anything going on, head on over to check them out. Please report back. If you can’t make it, stay tuned for the sesh.

Devil Makes Three – All Hail

Video: Devil Makes Three – Aces and Twos

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