CD Review, Band: The Devil Makes Three

Album: Stomp and Smash: Live at the Mystic Theatre

The Devil Makes Three is a breath of fresh musical air. 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.

Together for a decade now, the trio recently released, Stomp and Smash: Live at the Mystic Theatre, their second live release. The album was recorded over two nights at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma, and features fiddler Andy Lentz. Filled with fan favorites new and old drawing from all three of the band’s studio albums, adding a cover of Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues”, and two brand-new songs, “This Life” and “They Call That Religion”, the new live album captures these songs the way they were meant to be heard.

This live album actually succeeded in capturing the energy of a band in concert. Recorded over two nights in front of a rowdy crowd, Stomp and Smash finds the Devil Makes Three clearly enjoying themselves and playing with passion and intensity. You feel the music. The recording done by Kark Derfler is crisp and clear. You find yourself stomping your feet and slapping your dashboard in time to the music; hence, the title, Stomp and Smash – that seems to be exactly what DM3 wants listeners to do.


Visit thedevilmakesthree.com to purchase the album.

CD Review, Band: The Devil Makes Three