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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 originals, a couple of 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.
The cult classic song “Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver” by Primus is much beloved by fans. The lyrics tell the story of a woman named Wynonna who is trying to find her way back home. She encounters an old beaver that offers some advice, urging her to “Tear down the dam and start again”.
This comical song has become an anthem for anyone who has ever felt lost in life. The lyrics are full of wit and quips, with lines like, “This ol’ beaver said, ‘Honey, I don’t care how you get there, just get there if you can!'” The song also touches on themes of homecoming and resilience, reminding us that it is possible to start over and make something of ourselves. Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver is a beloved classic that touches on themes of strength and determination. It is a reminder to never give up, and to keep striving for something better, no matter the obstacles that lie in our way.
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