The Devil Makes Three (band)

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The Devil Makes Three
The Devil Makes Three 2016.jpg
The Devil Makes Three in 2016
Background information
Origin Santa Cruz, California
Genres Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Folk Blues, Old-time, Country
Years active 2002–present
Labels Milan, New West
Associated acts Pete Bernhard, Cooper McBean and the Vested Interests
Members Pete Bernhard
Lucia Turino
Cooper McBean

The Devil Makes Three is an Americana band from Santa Cruz, California, United States.[1] The group blends bluegrass, old time, country, folk, blues, jazz, and ragtime music.[2] The group's members are guitarist Pete Bernhard, upright bassist Lucia Turino, and guitarist and tenor banjo player Cooper McBean.


The band has released four full-length albums. They independently released a self-titled album in 2002. Another independent release followed in 2004, Longjohns, Boots, And A Belt. The band recorded two shows in April 2006 in Felton, California with guest fiddler Chojo Jacques. The recordings were later released as a live album, A Little Bit Faster And A Little Bit Worse.

After the release of their live album, the band signed with independent label Milan Records, which specializes in film scores and soundtracks. Their first album on Milan was a re-release of their debut album, The Devil Makes Three. In 2009, they followed with an all-new album, Do Wrong Right.

Band member Pete Bernhard independently released a solo album, Things I Left Behind (2006). In September 2009 Bernhard released his next solo album, Straight Line, on Milan Records.[3]

Before dedicating himself entirely to DM3, and prior to the release of 'Do Wrong Right,' Bernhard studied herbology in Northern California and worked briefly at Bohemian Grove with a close friend.

Around 2010, Pete and Lucia moved to their native Vermont while Cooper remained in California. Despite having separated from his 'heterosexual life-partner,' Cooper and the band continue to tour and write.

In August 2010, the band performed at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. The band has also performed several times at the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.[4]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass
US Heat
US Indie
US Folk
The Devil Makes Three
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Monkeywrench
Longjohns, Boots and a Belt
  • Release date: November 18, 2003
  • Label: The Devil Makes Three
A Little Bit Faster
and a Little Bit Worse

(Live recording)
  • Release date: November 17, 2006
  • Label: The Devil Makes Three
The Devil Makes Three
  • Release date: November 20, 2007
  • Label: Milan
Do Wrong Right
  • Release date: April 21, 2009
  • Label: Milan
Stomp and Smash
(Live recording)
  • Release date: October 24, 2011
  • Label: Milan
4 29
I'm a Stranger Here
  • Release date: October 29, 2013
  • Label: New West Records
2 124 2 22 9
Redemption & Ruin
  • Release date: September 16, 2016
  • Label: New West Records
1 144 2 8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Stranger"[10] Malia James


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