The Twangshifters / Bio

THE TWANGSHIFTERS - Rock 'n' Roll, Roots, Rock-a-Billy, Soul,

Emerging from the garages of Portland, OR, The Twangshifters busted down the doors of the Rock ‘N’ Roll/ Rock-a-Billy/Roots/ Blues scene in 2010 and continue to set the Rose City & Pacific Northwest on fire. There is NO RAIN on this

The Twangshifters have released their first self-titled debut album, The Twangshifters on 5-27-2011.

With standout tracks like "Rock a Billy Cowgirl," and “Polish Me Up” The Twangshifters, is a timelessly soulful collection, an intoxicating blend of Rock, Roots & Blues that appeal to the masses of every age and genre.

"Beyond giving the rockabilly kids a healthy dose of what they love, the Twangshifters' stage appeal consists of melding the best licks from the past with flashy production packaging" - Curt Shulz, Oregonian

Big Twang Theory
The Twangshifters are one of those bands you stumble across one night on a bender and never forget. Playing stripped down, no-nonsense rockabilly, blues and rock ’n’ roll, they’re the love children of Carl Perkins and Patsy Cline, and plan to celebrate the release of their smokin’ hot debut CD at a jam replete with burlesque dancers (including national champ Holly Dai) and lots of slicked-back hair types. This is not a party for timid souls or indifferent hipsters, so leave the attitude at home and bring a pack of filterless ciggies for the breaks in between.
- Rob Cullivan, The Portland Tribune

This band rocks with intensity and sheer madness but never loses the groove in the process. That is something a lot of bands could learn from these days. I've heard a lot of rockabilly and garage rock, and I can say that these guys take the proverbial cake. The Twangshifters are making noise with class and brash to spare. If you like rockabilly that is faithful to original form, this CD will not only satisfy, you will also discover a heavenly voice, that goes far beyond any categorization as well. They're awesome! - Larry Toering, Music Street Journal

“I’m satisfied that The Twangshifters are quickly approaching the conventions of a national-caliber act and I’m certain they are the hottest thing on wheels for miles.” Keith Edward Bellisle aka Madd – pdxrocks.com

“The Twangshifters are a bitchin collection of rock and roll misanthropes who can actually play music“Tiny – Tiny’s Kustoms

"From the first note it was Saturday night at the the dance hall in Luchenbach, TX, the gals got prettier and the Lone Star got colder, The Twangshfiters command the room and their rhythm section's tighter than a frog's you-know-what." Nate Tytor | booker Tiger Bar Portland, OR

The Twangshifers are:

Wells Gregory, Shaun Toman, Colt DeSando & Troy Stutzman.

Wells Gregory: Lead Vocals

Wells hales from Eugene Oregon and has been the front-woman of local Rockabilly band, "The Effies" since 2012. She was a classical violinist for 25 years before making the move to vocals. She has also made multiple guest appearances with “The Ladykillers.” She loves being on stage, performing and showing the audience a good time.

Shaun Toman: Guitar / background vocals

Born and raised in Portland, OR. He has been playing guitar since 17 and has been on stage with many of Portland's greats such as Jon Koonce, Larue Todd and Kip Richardson, to name a few. He has had the opportunity to be in the company of many national acts as well. Shaun met with Mark Knopfler three times, the last being in 2006 at the Hilton Hotel where he hung out with Mark and the band drinking wine! Has also performed in Nashville TN at Robert's Western World on Lower Broadway with “Harry Fontana and his Tennessee Tone Boys.”

Colt DeSando: Bass / Vocals:

Colt s a founding member of “The Effies” Rockabilly band. He grew up playing in punk and metal bands, studied under the late James Phillips (former Cherry Popping Daddies member) and won the Louis Armstrong jazz award in high school. Some notable bands he has been in are; "Nice Pants," "No Looking Back," "Javelia" and "Abandon The Shore." He plays a mean upright bass, puts on a killer stage show and always has a great time.

Troy Stutzman (DRUMS/ Backing Vocals)

Grew up in Portland, OR. & cut his teeth on early metal, Glam, butt rock, & Punk. His resume' is quite extensive having worked w/ former Poison Idea members, King Black Acid, The Wild Dogs, & more recently The Dry County Crooks, he's had the pleasure of working w/ & jamming w/ some of the best Portland has to offer including, Patrick Young (OR. RnR hall of famer/ Black n' Blue) Kelly Lemieux (Goldfinger/ MD45/ Fear...), Daniel Riddle (King Black Acid), & Matt McCourt (Wild Dogs), (just to name a few). He's opened numerous national act shows & genuinely just loves to rock...

The Twangshifters play all over the Pacific NW and have performed at Viva Las Vegas 14, 2011!
Jake The Alligator Man Festival 2011
Concerts in The Park Series (Mt. Tabor 2011)
Opened for the Portland Opera (Summer 2011)
Been on bills w/ Three Bad Jacks, Hard Fall Hearts, The Red Elvises, Deke Dickerson, Levi Dexter, Jon Koonce.. and the list goes on!

The Twangshifters are available to Custom tailor a show for YOUR event. We have done: Private/ Corporate events, Fund Raisers, Weddings, Shopping Malls, Car Shows, Burlesque events, Motorcycle Rallys & Too many Night Clubs to count...

We can provide & accommodate entertainment ranging from an entire Circus W/ Fire twirlers, Contortionists, Burlesque Dancers, Emcee, DJ & GoGo Dancers to an intimate one set night & will work within your budget...

If the date you're looking for appears to be booked inquire anyway (we've been known to pull many double headers). We'd like to consider ourselves some of the hardest working entertainers in Show Biz.

Contact: s.toman@gmail.com for bookings & more info.

Look for the Twangshifters to ROCK your City soon!

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Shaun Toman - Electric Guitar
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Shaun Toman, Troy Stutzman

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