MerleFest 2018: The Devil Makes Three

As MerleFest 2018 approaches, a highlight from one of the 100+ performing acts will be featured daily…

A true Americana band comprised of members originally from the northeast, The Devil Makes Three originated in Santa Cruz, California over 15 years ago and continues touring today. Their unique sound comes from a blend of multiple styles of music with hints and associations across a broad spectrum.

Without having to listen closely, you’ll hear bluegrass, country and blues influences in addition to old time, folk, jazz and ragtime tones. The band released their fifth and most recent full length album, Redemption and Ruin in September of 2016 in addition to a few live recordings.

“After TDM3 contemplated countless songs to record, a dozen made the cut to be recorded in Nashville this past fall. With those twelve songs (give or take a few bonus tracks…), Redemption & Ruin, consisting of carefully selected hand-picked cover songs, was set into motion. Why so careful you ask? Well, because there were two rules…

  • 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.

**Guests include Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, guitar great Duane Eddy and many more.”

Redemption and Ruin info provided courtesy of

Hear The Devil Makes Three during their lone set at MerleFest on Friday (April 27) evening.

Friday, 6:30pm-7:45pm (Hillside Stage)

View the full MerleFest schedule and stage lineup here.

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