After hearing the booze-stained lyrics and American roots-influenced sound of the Devil Makes Three, you may think that good ol Mr. Johnson wasn t the only one who sold his soul to the Prince of Darkness down at the crossroads. This Santa Cruz trio blend classic country, ragtime, bluegrass, and folk with their own fiery attitude and a sincere approach that create the sound and feel of a dusty old 78, but with an immediacy that's unforgettable. Acoustic guitar, upright bass, and banjo weave with tightly knit vocal harmonies in songs that ll have you tapping your foot and humming uncontrollably - particularly The Bullet, Graveyard, and Old No. 7, which Jack Daniels should use as its jingle. --Sean McCourt, San Francisco Bay Guardian -- April 26, 2004
Mixing styles from the ragtime and country music of the twenties and thirties to the rock-and-roll and punk music of their adolescence, The Devil Makes Three pushes the boundaries of acoustic music. Citing influences as varied as Steve Earle, the Reverend Gary Davis, Memphis Jug Band, and Django Reinhardt, the band combines tight vocal harmonies with idiot-savant finger style guitar to create an exciting and original sound.
This is the first commercial release by The Devil Makes Three. It's a digitally remastered version of their original 2002 record, plus b-sides and live recordings.