On his "If There Was A Way" album on Reprise Records, Dwight Yoakum sings "Honey you sure do it well, but I don't need it done." That song and other John Sieger compositions have been discovered and then recorded by artists such as The Bodeans, The Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison, Tex-Mex superstar Flaco Jimenez and many others during John Sieger's prolific musical career.
Those songs were also all originally recorded by John’s band, SEMI-TWANG.
SEMI-TWANG was formed to give voice to Sieger’s prodigious songwriting talent while he was still touring and recording with his well-known band at the time, The R&B Cadets.
The signature depth and quality of Sieger’s material along with his unique delivery enabled him to attract and hold a band of topnotch musicians. "I knew this was a good band after our first rehearsal", said Mike Hoffmann, a member of the alt-country band E*I*E*I*O before helping form SEMI-TWANG "We instantly had all these fantastic songs John had written - every one a gem."
It also attracted the attention of Lenny Waronker, Warner Records’ President, who signed Sieger and SEMI-TWANG to an unprecedented 7 album record deal on Warner Brothers records.
To produce the album, the band hired Mitchell Froom, producer of Crowded House, Los Lobos, Suzanne Vega, Richard Thompson; Chris Thomas, producer of The Beatles, INXS, Badfinger, and The Pretenders; and Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads. A companion music video for the title track of the album, “Salty Tears”, was made.
In the spring of 1988, SEMI-TWANG’S Warner Bros “Salty Tears” record was released to lavish critical praise. A North American tour was launched, but the band and Warner Bros parted ways after a three-year run.
SEMI-TWANG and the Salty Tears album are still viewed today as precursors of today’s Americana movement. Some of the great songs from that album can be found on SEMI-TWANG’s website: www.semi-twang.com.
The band’s premature breakup may have delayed a wider discovery of Sieger’s material, but that delay came to an end with the release of SEMI-TWANG’S 2010 "Wages of Sin" album.
SEMI-TWANG is proud to announce the release of "The Why and the What For" album, now available online at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com