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The Devil Makes Three Come to Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday Night

January 22nd, 2018

The Devil Makes Three are an enigmatic band. First of all, they have no drummer. And despite the group’s three members—Pete 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, Violent Femmes and the White Stripes in the process. Thanks to their high-energy live performances, the Devil Makes Three (above, performing “Stranger” for Pandora Whiteboard Sessions) have earned a reputation on the festival circuit as a band not to miss. But they still spend time recording in the studio: The trio’s most recent release, the covers- and guest-filled Redemption & Ruin (stream it below), came out two summers ago. American Songwriter called it “a wonderfully successful foray that solidifies and expands the band’s already impressive credentials around a concept that’s a natural extension from their existing catalog of originals.” Their current winter tour lands in Kings County this week when the Devil Makes Three play Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday night with the like-minded Rhode Island outfit the Huntress and Holder of Hands opening the show.