Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music
By: Tim Newby
Band: The Country Devils (Country Devils – FB Page)
Hometown: Harford County, Maryland
Members: Michael Beresh (Guitar, Vocals), David Hubbard (Banjo,Vocals), Jason Harkins (Mandolin), Bob Brooks (Bass,Vocals), Jon Harvey (Guitar, Vocals), Adam Miller (Harmonica, Vocals)
Sounds Like: A modern day back-porch party that will make you laugh, cry, and dance your butt off.
For Fans Of: Todd Snider, Hackensaw Boys, Devil Makes Three, Violent Femmes
Bio: Formed in 2000, after the demise of Michael Beresh’s previous band the Everything Bagels, when Beresh first met mandolin picker Jason Harkins and the two quickly bonded over their shared musical tastes. Over the past fifteen years the band has established themselves as a musical institution in Maryland and the surrounding area. The band is built upon the strength of Beresh’s quirky, imaginative songwriting that showcases a good-time versatility that moves from ranging cow-punk to thoughtful ruminations on life. In addition to his work with the Country Devils, Beresh is also prolific solo artist releasing a number of albums over the years, including 2015’s Wives Tales.
Albums: The Quick and the Don’t Get Any (2014), True Tall Tales EP (2012), You Don’t Wanna Know Me (2011), 40 Miles Outside the City (2009), Country Devils (2004), A Shotgun Named Lucy (2002),