The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana”, and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This husband ‘n wife acoustic duo is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies. They have performed at nationally recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin’s in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have opened for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Carrie Newcomer, and Kim & Reggie Harris, amongst others.
The Twangtown Paramours were chosen three times (2011, 2013, and 2016) to be finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest and were winners of the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award in the Wildflower Music Festival Songwriter Contest in 2012. In February, 2011,the Twangers were named Artists on the Verge for 2011 by the Bluegrass Special Magazine.
The Twangtown Paramours are currently working on their third album. Their last record was released to radio in 2012 and reached #2 on the Folk DJ Chart. John Platt of WFUV in New York City listed the album in his top 10 for the year; Lilli Kuzma of WDCB in Chicago listed the album in her top 5 for the year; and Deep Roots Magazine listed the album at #7 for the year. All the recorded music of the Twangtown Paramours can be heard on over 100 Folk, Americana, and independent country station world-wide.
The duo is looking forward to performing at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire commemoration in NYC in March of 2017. Their song, “Chains” was written to bring attention to the circumstances of that fire and of others like it. One of their newest songs, “Stars Without a Heaven” has not yet been released to the public, but a demo version of the song is already being played in a few holocaust museums, including Yadvashem in Israel.
Recent performances include World Cafe Live in Philadelphia;The Stephen Talkhouse, Caffe Lena, The Crandall Library Folk Life Series, and the Towne Crier in New York; Hill Country Live, the Rockwood, and The Bitter End in NYC; The Hurdy Gurdy, Outpost in the Burbs, and Music at the Mission in NJ; Spruce Peak Arts Center in Vermont; The Franklin Opera House in NH; Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham; Charles & Myrtles in Chattanooga; the Midpoint Festival in Cincinnati; The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville; their own show at the Bluebird in Nashville; Athfest in Athens, GA, Uncommon Ground and Two Way Street Coffee House in Chicago; Trinity House and White Steeple Stage in Michigan; the Rev Room in Little Rock, AR; the Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen, NC; Anderson Fair in Houston; and Uncle Calvin’s in Dallas. Current videos can be found on Youtube.
Before moving to Nashville, MaryBeth was a fixture of the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area, where she fronted a popular bar band and sang background vocals for the band Method Actor, featuring Eva Cassidy. After relocating to Nashville, MaryBeth continued her career working as a demo singer and background vocalist for several new country artists. Her favorite aspect of being in the Twangtown Paramours is touring the country and meeting all of the folks who come to see their shows. She is the proud mama of two wonderful kids and will be working until she’s 80 trying to pay for their college educations.
Mike T. Lewis has played guitar for a million and a half years, and bass for about half that
long. He sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass. In 1997, Mike had
a #1 pop hit in South Korea on Yangpa’s first album called “A Heartbeat Away”. It sold over 800,000 units. In April, 2014, Mike signed an administrative publishing deal with Universal for all their Asian territories. More of his songs are presently being recorded by Korean artists for release later this year. He has also had songs recorded by independent artists in the U.K., Japan, and the U.S. Since 2000, Mike has owned and operated a studio in Nashville, producing albums and demos for up and coming performers as well as for people who should spend their money more wisely. And if you look very, very, very closely, sometimes you can see Mike playing a background acting role of songwriter, studio engineer, or roadie on ABC’s “Nashville”.