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The Devil Makes Three on World Cafe | October 17, 2011

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Throughout the month of October, we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Cafe. Each day, we'll introduce an up-and-coming artist worth discovering. You can download a sampler of 20 World Cafe: Next artists here.

While The Devil Makes Three's resonator guitars and herky-jerky gait invite ragtime, country and folk classifications, the enveloping darkness in songs like "Tow" elicits a deeper, early-20th-century backwater vibe. This is true American roots music, combining powerful rhythms with ornate fingerpicking, Dylan-esque storytelling and lyrical scenery.

The band's latest release, Stomp and Smash: Live at the Mystic Theatre, captures the trio at its best: genre-defying, inscrutably alluring and devoid of the need for a drummer to keep time. Frontman Pete Bernhard sings like a crusty Reconstruction-era Civil War vet, tortured by memories from long ago. Hear it for yourself on this installment of World Cafe: Next.(link)


Hour 1

Charlie Haden "Old Haden Family Show" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Charlie Haden "Oh Take Me Back" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sonny Rollins "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" Blue Note Years, Vol. 6
The Rolling Stones "Waiting On A Friend" Tattoo You
Miles Davis Band "Spanish Key" Bitches Brew
Stanley Clarke "Jerusalem" The Toys Of Men
Return To Forever "Day Ride" Return To Forever
Stanley Clark "School Days" School Days
Stanley Clark "Untitled Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Hour 2

Bob Dylan "Summer Days" 4 Song Sampler From Love
David Gray "Babylon" White Ladder
David Gray "Please Forgive Me" White Ladder
The Strokes "Last Night" Is This It
Alejandro Escovedo "Rosalie" A Man Under The Influence
The Black Keys "10AM Automatic" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood" Gorillaz
The Shins "New Slang" Oh, Inverted World
The Devil Makes Three "Tow" Stomp And Smash
The Devil Makes Three "They Call That Religion" Stomp And Smash
Gillian Welch "Elvis Presley Blues" Time (The Revelator)
The Soggy Bottom Boys "I AM A Man Of Constant Sorrow" O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack