Do Wrong Right

Do Wrong Right

by The Devil Makes Three
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Do Wrong Right

The Devil Makes Three may play acoustic instruments, but as anyone whose ever seem them live can tell you, they lay down a groove as hard as any rock band. Do Wrong Right is the band's first album cut with label backing, and while they add a bit of electric guitar and some pedal steel, the basic sound remains the same. They're still ragged, but right, to plagiarize the title of an old George Jones tune, and like Jones, Haggard, and the other iconic figures they obviously love, their blend of bluegrass, primitive country music, folk, rockabilly, Piedmont blues, ragtime, and a hint of punk is always put in service of the music. The quality of the sound may be slightly better, but all the rough edges are intact, as is their devil may care attitude. "All Hail" comes galloping out of the gate to kick off the album in high style. Pete Bernhard's slightly woozy vocals, Cooper McBean's anti-bluegrass banjo fills and Lucia Turino's snapping bass give the tune a drunken, rousing feel. McBean takes the lead on the tongue in cheek ode to hard liquor "Gracefully Facedown." It's a solid country tune that references Johnny Cash, and rides Turino's thumping bassline to deliver a bleary-eyed message of delightful debauchery. McBean's meandering solo adds the perfect boozy touch. "Johnson Family" adds a bit of Gypsy jazz to the mix: imagine the Hot Club Quartet visiting the Carter Family. McBean's banjo adds jazzy accents and guest fiddler Andy Lentz drops a bit of Grappelli into his solo. "Aces and Twos" is a raggedy blues with hints of jug band music in its rhythms. Bernhard's uncontained slide guitar duels with the rock-solid rhythms of McBean and Turino to paint another raucous portrait of people who live for the nightlife that's driving them insane. "For Good Again" tells the tale of a traveling band trying to make it in an indifferent world. Some twangy electric guitar gives the tune a honky tonk flavor. "Help Yourself" continues in the same vein with an amusing insight/excuse "There's a thousand ways to heaven and a thousand ways to hell." Despite the band's obvious devotion to the good times that may lead to the latter, musically they'll have you dancing through the pearly gates on the way to honky tonk heaven.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2009
Label: Milan Records
UPC: 0731383642623
catalogNumber: 36426

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Devil Makes Three   Primary Artist
John Baccigaluppi   Help
Pete Bernhard   Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Keith Cary   Harmonica,Cello,Lap Steel Guitar,Sounds,Guest Appearance
Cooper McBean   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals,5-string Banjo,Tenor Banjo,Group Member
Lucia Turino   Vocals,Upright Bass,Group Member
Jessica Cooke   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bryce Gonzales   Help
Jessica Cook   Vocals
Andy Lentz   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Blind Willie McTell   Composer
Elvis Costello   Composer
Pete Bernhard   Composer
Sean Jones   Composer
Nick Bobetsky   Executive Producer
Cooper McBean   Composer
Shawn Lyon   Graphic Design

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Do Wrong Right 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Philena More than 1 year ago
LIfe-reflective lyrics.
MarvMF More than 1 year ago
What a blast! Good music, great lyrics. Had to buy this album ON THE SPOT, but the line was too long. My favorite song is, "For Good Again".