ALTON — The Twangtown Paramours, an acoustic folk/Americana duo from Nashville, will perform a two-hour concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Jacoby Arts Center.
The Twangtown Paramours’ music has been called “sophisticated Americana” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. The basis of their musical style originates in the country music capital in which they live, but their lyrics are often influenced by poetic Texas songwriters. The duo consists of Mike Lewis, a successful Nashville songwriter who sometimes plays upright bass for Jimmie Dale Gilmore; and MaryBeth Zamer, who sang background vocals for the late Eva Cassidy.
In 2012, the duo won Wildflower’s Michael Terry People’s Choice award in Richardson, Texas, and in both 2013 and 2011, they were finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest in Kerrville, Texas. The Twangtown Paramours have opened for Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Claire Lynch, Kim and Reggie Harris and Joe Ely, amongst others.
The latest Twangtown Paramours album, “The Promise of Friday Night,” was No. 2 in July 2012 on the Folk DJ Chart, was on two top 10 radio lists for the year in New York City and Chicago, and was No. 7 on Deep Roots Magazine’s top 50 album list for 2012.
It is likely that the duo will have songs in at least one major motion picture in 2015 or 2016. They’ve been asked by Major Studio Partners in NYC, which has financed films such as “Superman II” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” to write music for upcoming films.
The most recent Twanger news is that Lewis recently signed an administrative publishing deal with Universal for all their territories in Asia. Lewis has had several cuts in Korea, including a near million-selling No. 1 hit.
The songs of the Twangtown Paramours can be heard on more than 70 Americana, folk and independent country radio stations worldwide. Their music can be previewed or purchased at www.twangtownparamours.com.
Tickets are $10 online at www.jacobyartscenter.org.