Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang: Four Foot Shack
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang play good time Americana swamp music, frogman style. Totally stripped-down to one vocal, one bass, one guitar and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourine-doohickey, Claypool and his old high school pal, Bryan Kehoe (fans will know him from several past Claypool projects) sit well together on Four Foot Shack, their debut foray into hillbilly music. Just imagine that they’re settled in front of the campfire playing hick versions of popular covers (The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive”), rootsy tunes (Johnny Horton’s “Battle of New Orleans”), Primus classics (“Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”) and even an Alice in Chains track (“Man in the Box”). Claypool’s delirious style gives great twang, and besides his son playing a banjo roll on Battle of New Orleans, the album is all straight-up super-live guitar and bass. Recorded at Claypool's home studio, sometimes you can even hear a country dog barking in the background.