Photo by Giles Clement


The Devil Makes Three

Jan. 20
8 p.m.
Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk

The premise of the Devil Makes Three’s latest album is right in the title: Redemption & Ruin. A variation on the classic Saturday night/Sunday morning country conundrum, R&R dives into an impressive collection of covers. TDM3 has long dabbled in a punk-seasoned blend of country, blues, bluegrass, and Appalachian folk. The core trio, a quirky two guitars and an upright bass combo, recruited a stellar crew to flesh out these nuggets. Vice is addressed first via a scorching bluegrass run through Robert Johnson’s “Drunken Hearted Man.” Harmonica spikes a rockabilly-echoing version of Muddy Waters’ “Champagne and Reefer.” Creaky lead vocals ice Kris Kristofferson’s already chilling “Chase the Feeling.” Townes Van Zandt’s dire “Waiting Around to Die” includes vocals from Emmylou Harris. Salvation gets off the ground with the sprightly “There’ll Be a Jubilee” and Tom Waits’ revivalist “Come On Up to the House.” But Ralph Stanley’s harrowing “I Am the Man Thomas” has a fire-and-brimstone core, and Hank Williams’ harrowing “The Angel of Death” includes apocalyptic twang. Marvelous stuff that either way’ll put you on your knees.