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The Devil Makes Three, Lewis drop discs

Friday, September 16, 2016 – The Devil Makes Three and Aaron Lewis, with his first disc in four years, are out with new music today.

The Devil Makes Three, who mix country, blues, rockabilly and more, are out with "Redemption & Ruin," a covers disc of songs about "redemption" and "ruin." Bluesmen Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters are covered along with Kris Kristofferson, Ralph Stanley and Tom Waits. Emmylou Harris, Tim O'Brien, Jerry Douglas, Darrell Scott and guitar ace Duane Eddy play on the disc.

Lewis, who had a disc out in 2012 with the hit "Country Boy," returns with "Sinner." The Massachusetts resident takes a hard core country turn a la Waylon Jennings. Willie Nelson sings on the title track of a disc produced by Buddy Cannon.

Husband-and-wife duo, Brett and Rennie Sparks, aka The Handsome Family, release their 10th disc, "Unseen." The deep-voice Brett takes lead vocals on a disc recorded at their home studio in New Mexico.

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