Heres what The Loafer, Auburn Alabama says ...
â€The Uncle Roy Show with The Twang Thang is a band that comes in several configurations, its basic grouping consists of the trio of â€œUncle Royâ€ Schultz, Dave Swanger and Derek DeLamar ... when Uncle Royâ€™s son Jonas is home from attending Berklee College of music in Boston the band adds saxophone and piano to the basic trio of drums, lead and bass guitar. The Uncle Roy experience is a swiss army knife of a band, it seems each configuration is a different entity playing different material. When Uncle Roy plays alone he appears as a troubadour much in the Bob Dylan mold, complete with harmonica holder. The music Roy plays can be loosely described as Americana.
Roy grew up traveling across the USA with his dad who was a truck driver. In the truck stops Roy was exposed to the country music on the jukeboxes ... these stops gave Roy his first musical influences. Along with Hard Country and Western Swing, Roy was influenced by Tex Mex ... an influence that shows up strongly on his soon to be released CD. Roy has played in bands all over the map. His travels include gigs in California, Texas, Hawaii, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Brazil. His singing is delivered with a fiendish delight that can be wordly and jaded. An example of this trend is his song â€œIs the screwinâ€™ that youâ€™re gettingâ€™ worth the screwinâ€™ that youâ€™re gettingâ€™â€. On the other hand his songs can be achingly tender and loving. Some of his ballads written for his wife are very moving valentines that betray a softer side to Roy.
When Roy is joined by Dave Swanger on lead guitar and Derek DeLamar on bass The Uncle Roy Show morphs into The Twang Thang. This band plays a wide variety of material including R&B, Western Swing, Rock and Folk.
... when The Twang Thang is joined by Jonas Schultz the band changes once again. While continuing to deliver most of the songs from The Uncle Roy Show the band takes a serious trip south to include Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Jonas is simply a wonder! While still in his teens this young fellow delivers jazz solos from classic bossa nova that are flawless. In this configuration one can enjoy the whole range of the Uncle Roy playbook. When you see their name on an upcoming music schedule donâ€™t miss the opportunity to go out and see a local treasureâ€
Mike Dement Auburn Loafer
October 2005 Auburn Alabama
UNCLE ROY & JONAS SCHULTZ
Hard Country, Funky Rhythm & Blues, Roots Rock & Classic Jazz from the coolest father & son act! With Uncle Roy on guitar and harmonica, Jonas on tenor saxophone they have been performing together as a duo for over 10 years.
March 2004 they toured southern Brazil with harmonica sensation Fabiano Rodriguez and his Convidados. Performing through out Southern Brazil doing 20 shows in 21 days. Their love of Brazilian culture and its people has influenced their own music.
While attending The Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham Jonas spent his high school years leading his own Jazz band, has played in Alaska and Japan as well as Brazil. He has earned a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he is now attending.
THE TWANG THANG
Formed in the fall of 2004 after a chance meeting at a songwriters showcase, Dave Swanger and Uncle Roy Schultz teamed up to perform hard country and hillbilly boogie as The Twang Thang. Two grizzled veterans of the music business, they know how to have fun and entertain. With a whole new generation of country fans the time was right to play â€œthe country classicsâ€ and let the people know where it all comes from. Not a retro act but a fresh approach to â€œdrinkinâ€™, cheatinâ€™, killinâ€™, truck drivinâ€™, love songsâ€ ... with one foot in the honky tonk and the other in a semi truck they put the pedal to the metal with a roots rock twangfest!
Dave is a 30 year veteran of the Alabama music scene ... a singer/songwriter and bandleader, most recently as the guitar slinger of Dave and the Swangers ... and all around cool guy.
They then hooked up with Derek Delamar on Bass Guitar as the need for more horsepower became apparent. Derek a well rounded musician who has played blues with Bald Head Fred, reggae with One Drop and eclectic folk music with Burns and the Sideburns. All legendary acts performing throughout the south.
Like the song says â€œ ...I wanna do the Twang Thang, down that hillbilly hiway on the underbelly side of the honky tonk edge of town, where the neon lites up your brain and you can all go a little insane, where you and your baby can jump and shout and knock yourselves out to the Twang Thang.â€
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2. The Perfect Love Song (baby Please Don't Go)
3. New Strings
4. Layin' Low
5. 10 Ft Tall & Bulletproof
6. The Power of Positive Drinkin'
7. The Anniversary Song
8. Brasil (a Day in the Life)
9. The Father, the Spirit, the Son
10. You Better Move On
11. Who Am I to Talk
12. Is the Screwin' You're Gettin' Worth the Screwin' You're Gettin'
13. 3 Chords and the Truth
14. Because of the Warm Red Wine
15. So Let 'em Dance