New Audio: The Devil Makes Three’s Sun Records Country-Leaning Cover of Muddy Waters “Champagne and Reefer”

Comprised of childhood friends Pete Bernhard (vocals, guitar) and Cooper McBean (guitar and banjo), along with Lucia Turino (bass), the Santa Cruz, CA-based bluegrass/alt-folk/alt-country/alt-Americana act The Devil Makes Three over the past decade or so have been at the forefront of the current bluegrass/folk/roots music revival; but perhaps more important, over the course of four full-length albums and two live albums, the trio have developed a reputation for crafting originally material with a sound and aesthetic that effortlessly and naturally bridges bluegrass, folk, punk rock while lyrically covering familiar tropes and themes: dissolution, drunkenness, sin, being down and out and not giving a single fuck about it, deviancy, redemption and repentance and so on. And although the trio can actually claim their origins to when Berhand and McBean, who were then touring as a duo got stranded in their Turino’s college town with Turino offering to learn the bass to help them out and do something cool, the trio have also developed a national profile for live sets that can be raucous barn-burners or intimate, late night jam sessions in a darkened, little shitty bar or someone’s porch — sometimes within that same set.
Interestingly, the band’s forthcoming effort Redemption and Ruin is the first time that the trio has recorded a covers album — but a covers album focusing on 12  carefully hand-picked songs that are meant to introduce both long-term and new fans to the artists and music that deeply influenced the trio for most of their lives. As the band’s Cooper McBean explains in press notes “We’ve been kicking this idea around for a long time. I see it as introducing our fans to the music that influences us. I’m hoping that by listening to this record, people will go back and dig and find the originals.”
And as the band’s Pete Bernhard adds “We didn’t write these songs. So they’re up for interpretation, and really that’s the best approach to take anyway. If you invite someone to play on your album you obviously like them and trust what they do. So arrangements changed drastically. Most of the arrangements we went in there with were not the ones that we came out with. And that’s exactly what we were hoping for.”
Redemption and Ruin‘s latest single is a slightly slowed-down, twangy, Johnny Cash, Sun Records-era-leaning cover of one of my favorite Muddy Waters tunes “Champagne and Reefer”  that retains the original’s wicked sense of humor and gleeful debauchery.

Check out how The Devil Makes Three version differs from the original and check out tour dates below.

Sept 18 – Freshgrass Festival – North Adams, MA
Sept 22 – The Warehouse – Fairfield, CT
Sept 23 – Lupos Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
Sept 24 – State Theater – Portland, ME
Sept 25 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QB Canada
Sept 28 – Opera House – Toronto, ON Canada
Sept 29 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Sept 30 – The Bluebird – Bloomington, IN
Oct 01 – Roots N Blues BBQ Fest – Columbia, MO
Oct 02 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Oct 05 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT
Oct 06 – Shadowbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Oct 07 – Shadowbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Oct 08 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 09 -Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Oct 12 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
Oct 13 – Pink Garter Theatre – Jackson Hole, WY
Oct 14 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 15 – Riverwalk – Breckenridge, CO
Dec 28 – Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater – Grass Valley, CA
Dec 30 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 31 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 04 – Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
Jan 05 – Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
Jan 06- The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Jan 07 – The Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Jan 08 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Jan 11 – ACM at UCU – Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 12 – Granada – Dallas, TX
Jan 13 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Jan 14 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
Jan 15 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Jan 18 – 20th Century – Cincinnati, OH
Jan 20 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
Jan 21 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
Jan 22 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
Jan 25 – Anthology – Rochester, NY
Jan 26 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
Jan 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Jan 28 – Theatre of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Jan 29 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
Feb 01 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Feb 02 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
Feb 03 – Venue TBA – Atlanta, GA
Feb 04 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
Feb 09-13 – Avett Brothers at The Beach – Riviera Maya, Mexico