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Nashville duo to play at Coffeehouse

By Staff | Mar 23, 2012

On April 6, First Friday Coffeehouse will host a popular touring act and Nashville duo, The Twangtown Paramours.The venue is located at Trinity Church Orchard House on Route 45, four miles from the four-way stop in Shepherdstown. Doors open for social time and open mic sign-up at 7:30 p.m. A one-hour open mic session precedes the feature artist with eight participants performing two songs each in one of the area’s premier listening rooms.

The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. Their debut album was #11 on the Folk DJ chart in August, 2010 and remained in the top 40 of the Country Roots chart for the Summer of 2010. In February, the Twangers were named one of the Artists on the Verge for 2011 by the Bluegrass Special magazine. They were also finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition and have been picked to perform during the coveted formal showcases at the Southwestern Folk Alliance Convention in Austin and also at the Midwestern Folk Alliance Convention in Chicago. Their songs can be heard on over 70 Americana, Folk and independent Country radio stations worldwide.

MaryBeth Zamer has sung professionally since the age of 18. Before moving to Nashville, she was a fixture of the local music scene in the Washington, D.C. area, where she fronted a popular bar band for several years.

MaryBeth toured Europe, worked as a guest artist with several other bands, and sang background vocals for the band Method Actor featuring Eva Cassidy. After relocating to Nashville, MaryBeth continued her musical career working as a demo singer for local songwriters, as a background vocalist for several new country artists.

Mike T. Lewis is a terrific guitarist and songwriter. He sometimes tours with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, playing upright bass. In 1997, Mike had a #1 pop hit in South Korea on Yang Pa’s first album called “A Heartbeat Away”.

It sold over 800,000 units. The tune was #1 for five weeks and stayed on the charts for six months. In addition to the hit in Korea, Mike has had songs recorded by several independent artists.

A $10 donation is requested. For more information, contact Steve Warner at 304-676-4422 or 304-876-2915. Also check the website at www.myspace.com/firstfridaycoffeehouse.