Later that night, The Devil Makes Three will perform at The Bouquet (7:30 p.m.; 1010 W. Main St., Boise). Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at The Record Exchange.
The Devil Makes Three quite possibly is the best band that you have never heard of. They have been constantly on tour, selling out dates across the country and in their neck of the woods on the West Coast, drawing nearly capacity crowds nightly. This is all word of mouth. For the past seven years, the Devil Makes Three has garnered fans the old school way, playing a city, making friends, conquering fans and moving on. When they hit the next town, venues are packed with folks that heard from a friend in a city that they’d been before.
Laced with elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly, the critically praised, drummer-less trio — consisting of guitarist/frontman Pete Bernhard, stand-up bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean — brings forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in rhythm and alive with three-part harmonies, which is pleasingly dissimilar to most other bands in modern music.
The Devil Makes Three had the goal of being “an acoustic band but to play our shows like a rock show,” and in the process changed notions of what acoustic music could be. Mixing styles from the ragtime and country music of the ’20s and ’30s to the rock ‘n’ 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. The end result is genuine blues music that thrives as much in a live setting as it does on record.