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The Twangbusters / Bio

A JUKE JOINT COCKTAIL FOR YOUR SOLE(S)! Boogie, Blues & Bop with a heapin' helpin' of twang and sass, Miss Paula & The Twangbusters bust out their own high-energy danceable blend of American roots juke-joint rhythms! Led by dynamo Paula Bradley (Miss Paula), described as "Patsy Cline meets Bessie Smith" and "the love child of Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis" on lead vocals, piano & ukulele, with the inimitable Peter "Dr. Z" Zarkadas on electric guitar (Sarah Levecque Band), and joined by rhythm masters Brian Rost on upright bass (Tarbox Ramblers, Girl Howdy) and former Nashville drummer Kathy Burkly (Girls Night Out), they mix the best of boogie woogie , barrelhouse and jump blues into a potent musical cocktail - you'll be shaken & stirred. Guaranteed to make you move yer feet - BOTTOMS UP!

THE TWANG: Paula Bradley: Her roots are showing! A multi-instrumentalist known for her passion in all she does, Paula has toured (on banjo) with old-time darlings "Uncle Earl", with old-time powerhouse Bruce Molsky (on guitar, banjo uke) and recorded and toured with Tony Trischka (guitar, piano); she, Bruce and Tony formed the acoustic roots trio "Jawbone". She also was a founding member of the acclaimed old-time trio The Rhythm Rats. She currently performs on piano and lead vocals with honkytonkers "Girl Howdy" and in the old-time duet "Moonshine Holler" on vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele and feet!

Peter Zarkadas: An electric guitar powerhouse, he is at home with country, blues and jazz. He also plays in the Sarah Levecque band and his own group, Raw Symphony.

Brian Rost: An upright bass master, Brian has played with such roots music luminaries as the Tarbox Ramblers and Rufus Thomas, among many.

Kathy Burkly: A Nashville music scene/session veteran, Kathy (aka "bongo belle"!) made a big splash in the Boston music scene as part of "Girls Night Out". She is a graduate of Berklee School of Music.

General Info

Band Members
Paula Bradley ("Miss Paula")-Piano, Lead vocals, uke; Peter (Dr. Z) Zarkadas - Elec. Guitar; Brian Rost- upright bass; Kathy Burkly-drums
Artist Name
The Twangbusters
Home Page
Active Since
Americana / Roots Rhythm/Juke Joint Swing / Ameripolitan

Contact Info

Lee, MA
Paula Bradley 413-281-7336

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