Pay The Devil A Milwaukee Bluegrass Stringband

Pay the Devil got together in the winter of 2011 and has been playing around the Milwaukee area ever since. Playing original tunes in a variety of styles alongside an assortment of bluegrass and old-time standards, sea shanties, folk, Irish traditional, and country music, this five-piece made up of a guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and washboard (spoons and assorted other hillbilly percussive instruments) puts on a fun live show filled with foot-stomping, thigh-slapping music, and enough hollering to go around. Our favorite descriptions we have heard are “Shantygrass”, “Riotgrass”, and “Horse Shit and Gun Music”.

If you are a traditional, bluegrass, or shantygrass fan in the Milwaukee area, you should check out Pay The Devil.

"High energy bluegrass that's worth your time!!!!"

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Book Us

We love to play shows. We will probably play for cheaper than you think. Grand opening of a distillery? Celebrating a strange holiday? Getting drunk in a corn field? We're your band.

We can play up to a three hour set. We own our own PA system and can set up anywhere with a power outlet. We are also able and happy to play completely unamplified if the situation calls for it (like drinking in a corn field). Send an email to theband@paythedevil.us if you want to talk about booking us for a show.


Have A Listen

"Pay The Devil has somehow convinced me to like bluegrass.....YOU SHOULD TOO."