What Would You Give (In Exchange For Your Soul) - The Devil Makes Three

from the album Redemption & Ruin (2016)

The Devil Makes Three are a revivalist group from Santa Clara, California.  They are - as their name implies - a three piece band, consisting of guitar, upright bass, and banjo.  Their voices intertwine with great effect, evoking some of the great bluegrass and folk-blues groups of the depression era.

As a side note, it is a shame that more modern bands do not leverage the harmonies of men and women, as was done in earlier times.  When you think of how powerful it was for bands like X, why have others not integrated it into their sound?

On their latest album - Redemption & Ruin - they create stirring covers of songs by such greats as Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Muddy Water, and Townes Van Zandt while employing the talents of guests that include Emmylou Harris, Duane Eddy, and Jerry Douglas.  The songs share a fire and brimstone theme.

My favorite track is What Would You Give (In Exchange For Your Soul), in which they keep it simple and stick true to Bill Monroe's original version.

I dig how the slide guitar and banjo work together to create a hard-floor waltz feel.  Couple with it the  vocals - sometimes in harmony, other times in call-and response - with a subliminal bass laying down grounding the endeavor.  There are a thousand lessons to be learned in their playing.

I also dig the central question being asked in the lyric.  What would you give in exchange for your soul?

It is worth checking out this entire album.

Click Here to listen to What Would You Give (In Exchange For Your Soul).

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