Summer Stars: The Devil Makes Three
Today we debut the first installment in our Summer Stars series, which offers the latest from groups out there making the rounds on the festival circuit. Each piece will offer a profile/update along with some thoughts from the band members regarding a variety of summer favorites. First up is The Devil Makes Three who will appear at this weekend’s Hangout Music Fest.
The Devil Makes Three insist on playing all ages, general admission gigs without seating whenever possible. “We’ve gone through a few booking agents to get it right,” says guitarist Pete Bernhard. “Seating is fine, but it’s not what we wanted our band to be about. In the early days, we would bribe the audience to get them up dancing.”
For the cost of a T-shirt or CD, Vermont via Santa Cruz’s Devil Makes Three turned their concerts into parties. This summer they’ll be taking that party to as many festivals as possible, from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to Summer Camp, Wakarusa to Bonnaroo, and a few more which are not yet finalized.
While their 2011 live album Stomp and Smash is a spirited snapshot of the band’s string-band hijinks, Bernhard wants a new studio album out by year’s end, though he admits that 2013 might be more likely, considering their schedule. “I’ve got a good amount written,” he says. “We’ll likely demo before hitting the festivals. It helps to have tapes of our stuff, so we can hear what works before committing to it in the studio.”
Band performance will determine the outcome. “We never have it all written,” he says. “We have to see what ideas take off when we play them.”
Expect new material peppering the set this summer. Bernhard, with an ear for new angles, hopes to learn the 5-string banjo from bandmate, banjoist Cooper McBean. “I already fumble around on tenor banjo, so it’s time to mess around on a new instrument backstage,” he says.
Best album for a warm summer night: Leo Kottke, 6 and 12-String Guitar. It’s really good—all of the time.
This one time a festival: At Bonnaroo 2010, we asked where we were supposed to go and we ended up in a big empty field. It turned out to be handicapped parking. Since it was absolutely empty, they let us stay and we watched Stevie Wonder in perfect view from atop the vehicle.
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The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
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Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
Ron Sexsmith visits the Relix office to perform a tune from his latest record Forever Endeavor.
Crystal Bowersox stops by Relix to perform a song from her new album, All That For This.
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