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For more than 25 years, Primus has developed a devoted fanbase thanks to its distinct weirdo sensibility, hilarious lyrics, and high-octane instrumental prowess. At the center is frontman Les Claypool, Primus’ dexterous, slap-happy bassist and spiritual leader, who has followed every absurdist musical whim and avant Progressive rock is a genre for artists who want to More experiment from underground success to pop stardom.
But his latest project with Bryan Kehoe may be one of his oddest diversions yet — at least based on Les Claypool standards: Duo de Twang plays acoustic music in the style of stripped-down, old-timey campfire songs and country tunes. What started as a one-off performance for San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival turned into a full record, Four Foot Shack. The album includes a originals, a couple reworked Primus classics (“Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver” and “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”) — and a few covers like Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box.” For a musician frequently shaking things up, Claypool’s Duo de Twang is another fun twist.
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