The bassist-vocalist grew up listening to "hillbilly stuff" and found a natural fit in the roots-flavored Duo de Twang; also says Primus is talking about recording their version of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" soundtrack
With Les Claypool, you have to accept that his myriad musical enterprises are either a) uniformly weird or b) perfectly fitting. And he claims the bluegrass- and roots-flavored Duo de Twang is definitely the latter.
"When it came time to do this, it felt pretty natural," Claypool tells Billboard about the bluegrass- and roots-flavored group he started as a one-off for the 2012 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco and decided to continue as a going concern with M.I.R.V. guitarist and longtime pal Bryan Kehoe. "I have a pretty strong background in blues and R&B and whatnot. I was in a bar band that played biker bars -- I mean, like, Hell's Angels' bars -- up and down northern California three to five nights a week playing a lot of traditional blues and R&B. And as far as the hillbilly stuff, I grew up listening to it -- more subjected to it, by choice. Working in the garage on my bike, my stepdad was always out there drinking his can of Buckhorn with the radio going and playing what he called the Okie station. It just washed over me. At the time I didn't pay attention to it, but it was just there years later and became very endearing to me -- Vernon Dalhart, Johnny Horton, Eddie Cochran. So when it came time to do this, it seemed natural."