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Twang Dragons

Twang Dragons

An interview with Tom Dixon
by Mike Huberty
November 2014

Sometimes silly, sometimes sexy, always sassy and never sober, TWANG DRAGONS are a Roadhouse Rockabilly band based in Milwaukee that has been touring, recording, and performing for a decade now. Led since the beginning by the team of guitarist/ songwriter, Tom Dixon, and vocalist, Lisa Hannon, they picked up a new rhythm section in 2010 in the form of bassist Kevin Farnsworth, and drummer, Don Keller.  After several years of playing out, they released a full album with this lineup, their fourth release called “3 Chords and a Lie”. They’ll be bringing their songs from their new record to The Frequency in Madison on Friday November 21st with Sunspot and Sex Ester. We talked with Tom Dixon about the band and the new recording to preview the show.

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MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis

Twangtown Paramours

An interview with musicians MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis
by Tina Hall
July 2012

Comprised of MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis, The Twangtown Paramours offer up music from the soul that is hard to put into any one genre. Their self-titled debut album reached #11 on the Folk DJ chart, Cashbox County Roots chart (remaining in the top 40 all summer in 2010),and was named one of the top 100 folk albums for 2010. Their latest release hits radio this very week.


Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? How have your early days influenced you to become who you are now?
Mike Lewis: I’m from the Northeast – NY, NJ, and VT. My mom was a concert pianist and taught piano during my entire childhood. I heard a lot of kids, who didn’t bother to practice, banging on the piano every afternoon, but I also drank in a lot of great music – Mozart, Bach, and other composers you hear when you’re on hold with the phone company. I studied classical and jazz guitar from some of the best New York City had to offer, starting at age 8. I was around great music and great musicians and that influenced the bejesus outta me.
MaryBeth Zamer: I was born and raised in the DC area. I’ve been singing since I was a kid. Ella Fitzgerald’s singing has been the single most influence on me.I play several instruments (guitar, piano) badly and have been instructed to “step away from the tambourine” on more than one occasion.

MI: How did The Twangtown Paramours come to be?
ML: MaryBeth and I had been together for about a year. I had this one song called “Nowhere to Go” that I was preparing for a demo singer to perform in the studio in Nashville that I run. MaryBeth was working on her own jazz vocal project. She heard the song and insisted that she be the demo singer on it. Her voice and her ideas influenced the way I approached the production. Then we did two more songs in a similar way. After three songs, I realized we had a distinctive sound and that it was time to make a record and venture out into the world with it. That all started in 2009.
MZ:  I didn’t “insist” on singing anything. I just told him I thought I could sing it and changed the groove on it a little.  He wanted to go out to dinner because it was Valentine’s Day.

MI: How did you first come to sing professionally? What led you to move to Nashville from DC? 
MZ: By professionally, if you mean getting paid for it-that happened in college when I first started singing in bands. I started out singing background vocals for a few bands and then started auditioning and working as a female vocalist. I moved from DC to Nashville because my first husband was going to school in Nashville, and I was able to find a job here, so the re-location had nothing to do with music.

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Two Dollar Grey

Two Dollar Grey


by Aaron Manogue
January 2012

I’ve always been a fan of harder, darker rock and metal. You know, the Slipknots, Deftones and Colds of the world. The trick is with that type of music is that it’s so overdone and extremely easy for bands to overdo it and have their music over-produced to obtain that soul scraping sound that the super successful bands do. Very rarely do I find a new band out there that rips this kind of music and does it without over-producing and over-pushing the shit so hard it sounds terrible. Thanks to my good friend Steph Irvine, I was lucky enough to come across a band that definitely carries that sound and they do it so well they make it their bitch.

The band is Two Dollar Grey out of Phoenix, AZ and their music has that groove rock feel that has a taste for the darker side and finds a way to blend it all together into music that you’ll have caught in your head for weeks to come. Maximum Ink’s Aaron Manogue had the chance to talk to the guys in Two Dollar Grey about their music and the rock scene today! Two Dollar Grey is Cory on drums, Craig on vox, Jake on bass and Nate and Mikey on Guitar.

Maximum Ink: Describe your music to me as if I’m someone who has never seen or heard your perform before:
Two Dollar Grey: It’s in your face, but also has the melodic touch. It’s hard driving vocally orientated music that we like to call groove rock.

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Tyler Preston - photo by Sydney Akagi

Tyler Preston

An interview with singer/songwriter Tyler Preston
by Mike Huberty
August 2014

Recent Madison transplant TYLER PRESTON came all the way from the Last Frontier. Not space, nerd, but Juneau, Alaska. He showed up in 2012 with a guitar in his hand and has been knee deep in the scene ever since. In addition to fronting the KING STREET BAND, he also has played a residency at the Rigby Pub (the place on the Capitol Square with all the Beatles crap all over) and an open mic at the East Side’s Tip Top Tavern. He’s releasing his first album, “Changes”, on September 5th at The Brink Lounge. We talked to Tyler about the new album and what his music is all about.

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