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About Pay the Devil

Forged in the middle of a cold Wisconsin winter Pay The Devil plays an eclectic mix of original, bluegrass, folk, Irish, Americana, obscure, and outlaw country tunes.

The Beginning

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” and “Riotgrass”.

Pay the Devil GroupBook Us

We love to play shows and we’ll 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. Our band owns a 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 if you want to talk about booking us for a show.