Duo de Twang is definitely a different kind of project for Les Claypool.
And that's really saying something, given that this Bay Area bass virtuoso has made a career out of doing things a bit "different" than the rest.
Claypool, of course, is best known as the leader of the legendary funk-metal outfit Primus. He's also courted the jam band crowd with such outfits as Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Oysterhead (a jam-rock supergroup that featured Phish's mighty Trey Anastasio on guitar and the Police's Stewart Copeland on drums).
Les Claypool's Duo de Twang is nothing like those efforts. Instead, it's a rootsy, folksy outfit that makes music (according to Claypool's website) by using "one vocal, one bass, one guitar, and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourine-doohickey." The other half of the Duo is Bryan Kehoe, who has worked with Claypool on several other projects.
Duo de Twang released its debut, "Four Foot Shack," in February. It will support the record in concert on Saturday at the lovely Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Show time is 9 p.m. and tickets are $38-$42, www.slimspresents.com.