If Tennessee whiskey has you drinking in heaven, you might be under the influence of The Devil Makes Three. This longstanding Americana triumvirate— Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean– inhabits a hardscrabble working-class world full of problem drinkers, tellers of tall tales, pirates and troublemakers; desperate parables delivered with a charming deadpan wit. Their music is rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime and reckless rock ‘n’ roll and steeped in redemption, with nods to revolutionary and southern gothic history for an oeuvre that resembles a dusty leather-bound, poetic short story book from a bygone era. Even with often dark and cinematic leanings, their music is uplifting and foot stomping, with a simmering groove and loaded with hummable hooks that cast unbreakable spells on audiences.
Biography by Kerry Clarke