With Brown Bird, 8 p.m. Friday, December 2, Fitzgerald's (Upstairs), 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838 or fitzlivemusic.com
With a down-home sound and a good-time attitude, the Devil Makes Three will make you think of the buddies you drink with deep into the night, only to pick up where you left off the next afternoon until you're all face-down in the gutter again. Fans of such debauchery flock to Devil Makes Three shows like flies to last night's vomit. In this way, the group is kindred to psychobilly freakmaster Reverend Horton Heat and punk-country rock stars the Supersuckers. The band is less ferocious than its moshpit cousins, though. A mostly acoustic string combo, steeped in the American roots tradition popularized a decade ago on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, they're hillbilly beach bums, equal parts juke-joint blues and Appalachian bluegrass with an overdose of rock 'n' roll hedonism. Lyrically, main songwriter Pete Bernhard strives for storytelling folksiness and street-poet punch. He blends archetypal and contemporary imagery to mark his tunes with authenticity and originality. While the Devil Makes Three's songwriting is smart, it's far from elitist. After all, the band's fans don't pack shows for diatribes on societal ills or political corruption; they come to drink and dance and raise a ruckus.
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