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Speed Date with Maree Gwynne from A Band Called Twang

1. Growing Up

I grew up in the small country town of Beaudesert, Queensland. My grandmother played honky-tonk piano and my sister and I learned from a young age, but it didn’t stick. I wanted to play drums but that wasn’t going to happen, so I annoyed my mother enough to get me my first guitar at 11 and taught myself to play, one string at a time.

 

We listened to Charlie Pride, Glen Campbell and Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Ray Charles, but Tom T Hall’s ‘Watermelon Wine’ will always remind me of my childhood.

 

2. Inspirations

I love a great storyteller; that’s what inspires me the most. Musical style is like personality – we all have one, and we hang out with the ones that rub us up the right way.

 

3. Your Band

Tim, Dan and I have known each other for around 20 years, while Toby, who comes with an extensive rock and blues CV, joined us on the skins a couple of years ago. You just couldn’t beat the music out of any one of us if you tried.

 

We bring to the band those early true grit elements of where we’ve all come from. 

 

4. The Music You Make

We play rockabilly Americana and country roots, from heart-torn milk bar ballads to high-energy roots and rockabilly tunes. Our second album Rootin’ Tootin, recorded at Rippletin Studios on the Sunshine Coast with Joel Saunders at the helm, will be available at our forthcoming gig at the Sydney Rock ‘N’ Roll & Alternative Market on Sunday February 12.

 

5. Music, Right Here, Right Now 

I just read a post by Kasey Chambers on Facebook. Her comment:

“Feels pretty good to be a 40 yr old country singing mother of 3 from The Nullarbor & have the NUMBER #1 ALBUM IN AUSTRALIA!!” She totally sums it up! Just get out there and give it all you’ve got – anything is possible. We’re humbled to be supported by an amazing bunch of people with the opportunity to play at some of the best festivals in the country.

A Band Called Twang perform at Sydney Rock ‘N’ Roll & Alternative Market at Manning Bar, Sunday February 12, with Spurs For Jesus, The Hellcat III, The Drey Rollan Band and more.