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Catch Some Great String Music Tomorrow in Williamsburg

April 17th, 2013

The Devil Makes Three are an enigmatic band. First of all, they have no drummer. And despite the group’s three members—Peter Bernhard (vocals and guitar), Cooper McBean (banjo and vocals) and Lucia Turino (upright bass and vocals)—making their home in Santa Cruz, Calif., they each originally hail from New England. Plus, let’s face it, for a band based in California, they have an undoubtedly nuanced Southern sound, layering rhythm and harmonies over blues, bluegrass, country, ragtime and rockabilly to make their own unique folk-punk blend, garnering comparisons to Steve Earle, the Violent Femmes and the White Stripes in the process. The Devil Makes Three (above, performing “Do Wrong Right” for WNYC FM’s Live on Soundcheck) have put out four studio LPs, plus a live album, Stomp and Smash (stream it below), in 2011. NPR Music called it: “unplugged, yet intense, whiskey-drenched, ramshackle fury.” So it should come as no surprise that the trio has earned a reputation on the festival circuit as a band not to miss. So don’t: Join in on the sing-along fun tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.