The Devil Makes Three, from Santa Cruz in the San Francisco Bay Area,
started out as the acoustic trio of guitarist Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist and tenor banjo player Cooper McBean (no percussion).
The Devil Makes Three (2002) roams the vocabulary of country, blues and swing with an "old-time sound" and catchy melodies while at the same time retaining a bit of the punch of cowpunks, especially in the rambunctious
The Plank and Old Number Seven.
A slightly more relaxed tone takes over
Longjohns, Boots and a Belt (2004) and they sound like a
neighborhood jug band in the swinging Never Learn
and a bluegrass string band of hillbillies in the instrumental Long Boots Johnson.
Do Wrong Right (2009), generally,
sped up the rhythm and concocted infectious foot-tapping ditties like
All Hail and Do Wrong Right.
Stomp and Smash (2011) documents live performances.
They aimed for a bigger, mainstream sound on
I'm a Stranger Here (2013) but the results were pretty boring.
Redemption & Ruin (2016) collects covers.
They added a drummer for Chains Are Broken (2018) and the refrains
are poppier than ever. The result, especially in bluesy songs like
Deep Down but also in the radio-friendly ones like
Paint my Face and Chains Are Broken, is that they sound
like the Animals
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