"We've been together for 17 years, we've been together a long time," says guitarist/vocalist Pete Bernhard. "I was a teenager when I started playing out live by myself and then in a few punk bands and then I started The Devil Makes Three in my early twenties."
The Devil Makes Three are a trio comprised of Bernhard, guitarist Cooper McBean and bassist Lucia Turino who perform a unique blend of what has been described as, "Wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime and reckless rock 'n' roll," while some have claimed that it borders on bluegrass as well.
Even though their latest release, "Chains Are Broken" has broken into Billboard's Top 200 Bluegrass Charts, Bernhard set the record straight and explained the band's style prior to a recent show in Jersey City, NJ at White Eagle Hall; a stop on this tour which they are headlining unlike the previous times they've been on the road in support of the album.
"I guess you could say we kind of are supporting the new album but we haven't done much touring on our own this year. We put out the record then we toured with the Drop Kick Murphys in Europe, then Social Distortion and Flogging Molly in the States and we didn't really do any of our own touring last year; so this is the first tour where it's our own full set in quite a while, probably at least half a year. We had a blast on both of those tours, they were great and it was cool because we got in front of a totally difference audience and it was a lot of fun but this is kind of our first headlining tour we've done since we put out the new record. We've got a guy named Matt Heckler opening up for us, we met him when we were on tour with The Lost Dog String Band. He does kind of a more traditional thing than we do; he plays fiddle and banjo and sings, he's a really talented guy."
"Technically we're really not bluegrass, we do have similar instrumentation but what we do is more akin to old blues or old time music than it is bluegrass. Bluegrass people make a severe distinction between the two so I always like to say so. Also, we were all punk rockers when we were younger who played in punk bands as well which is why the Dropkicks and the Social Distortion Flogging Molly thing was fun; I grew up going to see the Dropkicks in Boston because I'm originally from Southern Vermont right on the Massachusetts border. We kind of take old traditional American music and try to do it with a punk rock spirit."
The January 19 show in Jersey City was part of a tour that features a lineup change; out for this go around is bassist Turino and they've added a drummer; creating a new rhythm section which is working well as the band performs as much of their catalog as time will allow.
"It had been a while since we played in New Jersey except for when we played with Social Distortion in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony on the outside stage; it wasn't our show so we just did an opening set for that one but this time and on this tour we are using a different bass player, our long time bassist Lucia Turino decided that she wanted to take some time off the road; she's been playing with us for 17 years and decided that she wanted to take a break," he explained with mixed emotions."Basically we didn't know what to do at first but luckily we found our friend Morgan Swain who played with a band called Brown Bird who we have toured with a lot; they're out of Providence, Rhode Island. She was looking for work and she's already a friend, she's actually played with us on multiple tours playing fiddle but not bass; she played bass in her old band. So we were able to find a pretty good solution to the problem; Lucia sort of left the band of her own accord but she's welcome back at any time. There's a possibility that she might come out on a tour and sit in with us or she might do a tour, it's really up to her."
"We'll be travelling with me, Cooper, MorganEve and drummer, Stefan Amidon and he sings too. When you come to see us I think that you can expect to hear a lot of old material and a lot of the new material too; we always like to do as much as we possibly can wherever we go. We really squeeze it in; somehow we've always been associated with jam bands and none of our songs are more than three minutes long (laughs). Punk is what we grew up on, so you can expect to hear a lot of our old stuff and our new stuff; as much as we can cram in."
With a hectic tour schedule which includes six cities in eight days covering four states from February 1 to February 8 before taking more than six weeks off and resuming on March 26 in California; the band plans on possibly tipping their hat to one of their influences while adding to their discography as they are in the beginning stages of their next release.
"The Ramones most definitely; we're actually talking about covering one of their songs but we haven't gotten it together yet. We have a lot of live records, probably six studio records and three or four live albums; we like to record our live shows it's just something we've been doing for years. Our last live record was "Live at Red Rocks" which was a really great gig and a really great show, we had a blast at that one but we're currently working on material for our next studio record."
To discover more about The Devil Makes Three please visit www.thedevilmakesthree.com .
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Sun. "Super Bowl Party"
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton
Sun. 5 p.m. "Super Bowl Party" $20 (Includes buffet)
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Jim Dedrick Trio
Fri. (5 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) "Blues for Brunch" w/ Steve Guyger (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Ed Wilson
Wed. 6 p.m. Gary Reed & Arturo Baguer
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
19 E. Union Street Burlington
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Fri. 9 p.m. Righteous Jolly
Sat. 9 p.m. Kyle Herring
Tues. 8 p.m. JackBox.TV
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo
All Shows 21+
871 Highway 33 Hamilton
Sat. 11 a.m. "Wing Bowl"
24 Passaic Street Trenton
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5 (Includes hot buffet)
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)
931 Chambers street Trenton
Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night"
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays"
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & Chelsea
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
125 South Main Street Hightstown
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Laura Cheadle
2 North Main Street Yardley, PA
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Bridge Beat Duo
411 Hobart Avenue Hamilton
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Karaoke at The Cook" Hosted by Superstar Entertainment
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (9 p.m.) "Late Night Thirsty Thursdays" w/ DJ Paul Desisto. Ages 21+
Fri. 4 p.m. Sunset Happy Hour"
Sat. 9 p.m. "Social Saturdays" w/ Rotating DJs
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch"
Mon. 7 p.m. Country Line Dancing w/ Jeremy Line Dance. $10
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Karen and Mark
All Events Ages 21+
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
Fri. 8 p.m. Rachel & Ty
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. David Dzubinski (8 p.m) Jay Regan
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Dick Gratton
Fedora Bistro Cafe
2633 Main Street Lawrenceville
Wed. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville
Sun. 5:30 p.m. Open Mic and Karaoke
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musical Chair" (Rotating Live Music)
Sat. 9 p.m. Teds Dancin
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Sam Ryan
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne Dunlevy
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors way Hamilton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing Along with Sculpture" w/ Seward Johnson
Sat. 10:30 a.m. "Evergreen Exploration Tour"
Grover's Mill Coffee House
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
Sat. 7 p.m. Ragtime Relics
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton
Thurs. 7 p.m. Village Arts Paint Night "Country Love"
Sat. 8 p.m. Tilted Catz
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Wed. 7 p.m. Country Night
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Fri. (8 p.m.) Kansas & Styx Tribute w/ "Know Return." Doors open at 6 p.m., $25 (advance) (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. ( 9 p.m.) John Eddie. Ages 21+, doors open at 7 p.m., $20 (advance) (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 1 p.m. Midnight Sun Orchestra
Mon. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Tues. 8 p.m. "Funk N Blues Jam" Hosted by Slidewinder Blues Band
Wed. 8 p.m. Original Music Showcase Hosted by Pat Foran
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn
15 East Broad Street Hopewell
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Jazz On Broad" Hosted by Phil Orr feat. Alex Hiele's Paris Jazz Combo. $15 (Ages 22 and under $5)
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
Thurs. 6 p.m. EV Soul-Nei
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Modern Rewind
Sat. (5 p.m.) Jess, Joyce, Alex. (6 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Chris from Rave On
Sun. 3 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Alex Otey Trio
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher
Fri. 6 p.m. Casey Welborn
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Irish Rover Station House
1033 Bellevue Avenue
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Ear Candy
Wed. 8:30 p.m. Trivia
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
Thurs. 6 p.m.
Fri. 7 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Sat. 1 p.m. John & Carm
Sun. 2 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly
Thurs. 7 p.m. The Williamsboy
Fri. 7 p.m. Bud & Maggs
Sat. 7 p.m. The Jo Wymer Band
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Blind Lemmon Pie
Sat. 9 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Sun. 6 p.m. "Super Bowl Party"
All shows 21+
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill
140 Route 130 South Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa
Thurs. 9 p.m. Room For Mojo
Fri. 9 p.m. Honah Lee / Bridge Beat Duo
Sat. 9 p.m. The Mount Laurels / The Rips
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
Thurs. (5 p.m.) "Girls Night Out" w/ (6 p.m.) Radio Fiction
Fri.10 p.m. Marty and The Martians
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Electric Stingray
Sun. 6 p.m. "Super Bowl Party"
Lambertville Elks Lodge #1070
66 Wilson Street Lambertville
Sat. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
Sat.7 p.m. Awesome 80's Dance Party (Ticketed Event)
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Ryan Gaughan
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Adam Shaber
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. David Dales Trio
572 Klockner Road Hamilton
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Marcellos Coal Fired Restaurant & Pizza
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sun. 11:30 a.m. "Blues Brunch"
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
Thurs. 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 9:30 p.m. "Flawless Friday"
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beer Pong Night"
Sat. 9 p.m. Steal Your Face
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
Sat. 9 p.m. "Official Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market After Party" feat. The Ramoms, Cryptkeeper Five, Doc Rotten, Night Surf. Doors open at 8 p.m., $2 off admission with TPRFM wrist band.
Tues. 8 p.m. "Millhill Experiment"
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Taproom Trivia:
Sat. 2 p.m. "A Day For Scarlet: A Celebration of Dogs." Dog friendly event, monies raised benefit "Street Tails Rescue"
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Movie Night: "Aliens"
Fri. 7 p.m. Brian Lally
Wed. 7 p.m. Superbowl Quizzo
2043 Route 130 South Florence
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Fri. 9 p.m. Union
Sat. 9 p.m. Gyrl Band
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. Remember Us Trio
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
Fri. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
Sat.12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
Sun 12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
1339 River Road Titusville
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Fri. 8 p.m. The Brooks Brothers
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive Trenton
Sat. 10 a.m. "Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market"
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle & Ernie White
Sat. 9 p.m. Bliss
Pj's Pancake House & Tavern
19 Main Street Robbinsville
Tues. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night
Princeton Elks Lodge #2129
354 Route 518 Blawenburg
Wed. 6:30 p.m. Country Dance Night
802 River Road Ewing
Sat. 9 p.m. Danny Lynch Project
River Cat Cafe`
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz"
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8 p.m. Milan
Sparky World Famous Beer Garden
4333 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Dance Parties w/ the Paula & Sam Livingston
Mon. 9 p.m. Game Night w/ Kid Dalton
Tues. 8 p.m. Johnny Betz
Wed. 8 p.m. Little Miss Love Jones & the Archangels
Starbucks Coffee (Trenton Community Store)
102 South Warren Street Trenton
Sat. 3 p.m. Open Mic
101 Scotch Road Ewing
Sat. (2 p.m.) "Bach To the Future" w/ Independence String Ensemble. $20 (8 p.m.) Folk/Roots Talk "Language of the Blues" w/ Debra Devi. $20
Sun. 2 p.m. "Brazilian Jazz" w/ Luiz Simas. $20
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
Fri. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 10 p.m. The Pickles
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
Fri. 9 p.m. Extreme Measures
Sat. 9 p.m. After The Flood
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger
Sat. 7 p.m. Christopher Dean
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
Sun.12 p.m. "Sunday Music Series" feat. Bill O'Neal & Andy Koontz
812 Route 33 Hamilton
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
Fri. 8 p.m. Mike Block
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Not Just Nyckleharpa Orchestra
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Ernie White Band
The Cure Insurance Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
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The Deck Restaurant and Bar @ the Bucks County Playhouse
70 South Main street New Hope, PA
Fri. 2 p.m. Sam Ryan
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
Wed. (2 p.m.) Sam Ryan (7 p.m.) Flip Band
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. The King Brothers
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session"
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 9 p.m. Steamboat Annie
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Union
Sun. 6 p.m. "Super Bowl Party"
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. DJ Dujour
The Pines Tavern
6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
Sat. 9 p.m. Mike Ghantt
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
Fri. 8 p.m. 80's Undercover
Sat. 8 p.m. Diablo Sandwich Band
The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
Fri. 9 p.m. "Retro Fridays" Hosted by Vibe DJs feat. Guest DJs
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Andrew Moorer
Fri. 8 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Monique and RJ
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (7 p.m.) "Jam Night" Hosted by Joe Vadala
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (7:30 p.m.) Christopher Willits
Sat. (5 p.m.) Happy Hour (8 p.m.) Chris Walter
The Vibe Lounge at Mastoris
Route 130 and Route 206 Bordentown
Thurs. 5 p.m. Free Buffet and Live Music
Fri. 6 p.m. (TBA)
Sat. 6 p.m. Tymes 2
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Fri. 7 p.m. "First Fridays" w/ Skelly
Sat. 7 p.m. Slugger O'Toole
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
Sat. 9 p.m. Billy Walsh & Kevin McCloskey
Tues. 7 p.m. "Whiskey Night" w/ Diarmuid MacSuibhne & Kevin McCloskey
All Shows 21+
Train Wreck Distillery
25 Madison Avenue Mount Holly
Thurs. 5 p.m.
Fri. 7 p.m. Mojo Acoustic
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Ronnie Brandt
702 Pine Street Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman
449 South Broad Street Trenton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" Hosted by Jay Kountree
Mon. 9 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 6 p.m. Dick Gratton
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage
All shows 21+
VFW Post 491
9 Fisher Place Yardville
Thurs. 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All Shows 21+
Villa Rosa Ristorante & Pizzeria
41 Scotch Road Ewing
Sat. 6 p.m. Grace Field
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night w/
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
Sat. 1 p.m. Spoondrift
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
Sat. 8 p.m. Mike Meade
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