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
OriginSanta Cruz, California
GenresBluegrass, Americana, folk, folk blues, old-time, country
Years active2002–present
LabelsMilan, New West
Associated actsPete Bernhard, Cooper McBean and the Vested Interests
MembersPete 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 five 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 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]

McBean and Bernhard are originally from near Brattleboro, Vermont, where they played music together as childhood friends and when they were in high school. They were also acquainted with Turino (from New Hampshire but raised in Vermont), but didn't know her well. After graduating from high school, all three moved to California separately, Bernhard by way of Nashville. Bernhard and McBean re-connected in Olympia. Later in Santa Cruz they also became reacquainted with Turino, forming the band soon after in 2001.[4] [5] [6] [7] [8] Before forming The Devil Makes Three with Turino, both Bernhard and McBean played in punk bands, and later toured as a duo.[9]

Around 2010, Bernhard and Turino moved back to Brattleboro while McBean remained in California, McBean later moved to Austin.[4] [10] [8] Despite no longer living in the same town the band continues 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.[11]

On June 4, 2018 the band announced their new studio album "Chains Are Broken", which was produced by Ted Hutt and was released on August 24, 2018 via New West Records. Along with the album announcement, the band also released an album track entitled ‘Paint My Face’ as a streaming single, and on July 13, 2018 they released another album track entitled ‘Bad Idea’.



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
Chains Are Broken
  • Release date: August 24, 2018
  • Label: New West Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Stranger"[17] Malia James


  1. ^ Fox, Iain (March 17, 2015). "Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Devil Makes Three". Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  2. ^ "Biography - The Devil Makes Three". Milan Records. Archived from the original on 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  3. ^ "The Devil Makes Three Frontman Goes Solo Again". 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  4. ^ a b Linn, Sarah (28 January 2015). "The Devil Makes Three ready to rock at SLO concert". The Tribune (San Luis Obispo). Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  5. ^ Jasper, David (14 April 2006). "Hillbilly punk: The Devil Makes Three has unplugged and gone country". The Bulletin. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Fun Has Just Begun: The Devil Makes Three comes home thirsty and ready to rock". 27 December 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  7. ^ Ellis, Lauren (31 October 2011). "Doing Wrong Right: The Devil Makes Three". Mother Jones. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b Peterson, Kate (16 May 2012). "Devil's in the Details". In Weekly. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  9. ^ Lawrence, Stratton (3 December 2011). "Moshing with folk-punk act the Devil Makes Three". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  10. ^ Diamond, Austen (10 October 2010). "The Devil Makes Three Tonight at the State Room: Americana band The Devil Makes Three farms for forbidden fruit". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Devil Makes Three Returns With New Music to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass". Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  12. ^ "The Devil Makes Three – Chart history – Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Devil Makes Three – Chart history – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  14. ^ "The Devil Makes Three – Chart history – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  15. ^ "The Devil Makes Three – Chart history – Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  16. ^ "The Devil Makes Three – Chart history – Folk Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  17. ^ "CMT: Videos : The Devil Makes Three : Stranger". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 14, 2013.

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