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Fresh Stuff from Devil Makes Three

September 23, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments


Roots music standout band the Devil Makes Three, which got its start playing house shows in Santa Cruz, is back with a new album.

Titled Redemption & Ruin, the record is a dozen hand-picked cover songs, including “Drunken Hearted Man” by Robert Johnson, “Champagne And Reefer” by Muddy Waters, “Waiting Around To Die” by Townes Van Zandt and “The Angel Of Death” by Hank Williams.


When deciding which songs to record, the band had two rules, which the members shared on their website:

  • REDEMPTION & RUIN HAS TWO DISTINCT SIDES; it’s half gospel songs with a proclivity towards the darker end of the spectrum of religious music (Redemption) and half songs of vice (Ruin). In a very strict sense, the band-members were looking for songs which fully and wholeheartedly fit in one of those two categories. There could be no in between; it was all or nothing. “Drunken Hearted Man” is the first “ruin” debut and a new spin on the original by blues ghost Robert Johnson.
  • THE BAND SELECTED SONGS WRITTEN BY THEIR HEROES: TDM3 wanted to give fans and new friends a look at their inspiration when creating original material. These are covers, with the full TDM3 treatment, but the writers of each of the covers were selected with purpose.

In addition to a fantastic selection of tunes, Redemption & Ruin features guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Duane Eddy and more.


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