The Twang (German band)

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The twang
General information
Genre (s) Country , rockabilly
founding 1997
Current occupation
Hank Twang
The marshal
Beano Van Twang
Vocals, guitar
Reverend Al "The Hammer" Twang
Randy Twang
Rusty Twang
former members
AK Twang (until 2010)

The Twang is a country band from Germany .

The band has made a name for itself by “countryfying” well-known rock, pop and disco songs. The Twang, for example, play Fight For Your Right by the Beastie Boys or Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears in country versions. The Twang are considered the forefathers of this variety, but bands like Handsome Hank and his Lonesome Boys , Texas Lightning , Hayseed Dixie and The Boss Hoss have made a name for themselves with this variant.


Founded in 1997, the band quickly became known beyond regional borders due to their then unique country style. In 1999 the band released their first self-produced CD. In 2000 The Twang could be heard on the alternative country sampler Land of the Kantrie Giants together with bands like Fink and Cow .

In 2003 the band released the album Countryfication . This made the band known throughout Germany. Magazines such as Rolling Stone , Spex or Musikexpress praised the idea, implementation and selection of songs, which was unique at the time.

Tours through Germany and the USA followed.

In 2004, Let There Be Twang, the band's second studio album, was released. In addition to the German band line-up, the album also features American country musicians Eddie Perez (including Dwight Yoakam & The Mavericks ), Earl Poole Ball ( Johnny Cash & The Byrds ) and Tommy Spurlock ( George Jones , Mark Knopfler & Keith Richards ). The album was produced in Germany and Texas.

In addition to the regular albums, the band also repeatedly releases CDs in-house.

In 2005 The Twang received the Newcomer Award from the German American Country Music Federation (GACMF).

Since March 2006, author Hartmut El Kurdi has been a permanent member of the band as "Reverend Al 'The Hammer' Twang".

In 2009, The Twang performed at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas at the invitation of Mojo Nixon .

The graphic artist and musician Klaus Voormann designed the cover for the album A Guide To Modern Country Living 2010. It was recorded in Bülten, Houston and Austin. It was mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios in London.

In 2017 The Twang released their first album with German-language countryfications with Desert Lieder . Bela B , Johnny Falstaff and Jon Flemming Olsen can be heard as guests on the album.


Regular publications

  • 2003: Countryfication
  • 2004: Let There Be Twang
  • 2007: Twang 'Em High
  • 2010: A Guide to Modern Country Living
  • 2017: Augenbling (single)
  • 2017: Desert songs

Tour-only releases

  • 1999: The Twang
  • 2003: A Fistful of Presents
  • 2005: Live in Hamburg
  • 2005: Smoke on the Water (with Hartmut El Kurdi )
  • 2006: Not Your Average Country Band
  • 2008: Ten Yeeehaws After
  • 2011: For a Few Presents More
  • 2011: International!
  • 2013: riot makes riders
  • 2018: BS West


  • 2008: Ten Year Ride

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