Left to right: Cooper McBean, Lucia Turino and Pete Bernhard are The Devil Makes Three. - Photo courtesy of Maria Kelly Productions

The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three is turning the heads of acoustic music lovers with its punky perspective on vintage American blues, folk and rock.

J. Poet of the San Francisco Weekly wrote that "The Devil Makes Three has been able to attract an eclectic fan base, which includes Deadheads, bluegrass barflies, old school string band aficionados and even a few punk rockers, by keeping the music straightforward and uncomplicated."

Originally from Vermont, the trio features childhood friends Pete Bernhard as lead vocalist and guitarist, Cooper McBean on guitar and banjo and Lucia Turino on upright bass. The threesome is now based in Davis, Calif.

The Devil Makes Three will perform at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Stillwater, 1961 Highway 66, Ashland. Bluegrass band The Mighty Lonesomes will open the show.

Bernhard says that his song writing process is strange and unclear.

"The best songs I've written, I didn't have to work on hardly at all, and some of what I consider to be the worst, I have slaved over for weeks," he says. "Who can tell how a song gets written? It's magic, I think."

Three of Bernard's biggest musical influences these days are Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt, bluesman Howlin' Wolf and Don Van Vliet, who was better known as Captain Beefheart in the late '60s.

"They all were amazing musicians and also bizarre characters," Bernhard says. "Beefheart loved Howlin' Wolf, and therefore I love both of them. And Townes Van Zandt was a great poet."

The Devil Makes Three recently finished its first national tour.

"We are all feeling a great sense of accomplishment right about now," Bernhard says. "We've also had great shows up and down the (West) coast, and we sold out a few on our last run through the Northwest.

"We're just happy that people are coming out and supporting us," he says.

The trio has three albums to its credit. They are "A Little Bit Faster and A Little Bit Worse," a live album recorded in 2006, "Longjohns, Boots and a Belt" (2004) and a self-titled debut album that was recorded in 2002.

Tickets to the show at Stillwater cost $20 at the door. See stillwaterashland.com or call 482-6113.

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