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Devil In A Woodpile Digs Down Deep To America’s Musical Roots

The sound of Chicago band Devil in a Woodpile can be described as a swingin’, rootsy stew. 

That stew includes old-timey jazz, blues, country, jug music, ragtime and other genres that were popular in the early 20th century. Call it what you want, but the best description is simply American Music.

Devil in a Woodpile has been together for more than 20 years and play a regular weekly slot at the Hideout for nearly the same amount of time. 

Founder, vocalist, harmonica and washboard player Rick “Cookin” Sherry talks about the origins of the band, their sound and the joys of playing acoustic music on the floor next to the women’s restroom.



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