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Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang: ‘Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver,’ Live On Soundcheck

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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 prog rock 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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