Donice Morace & Twangsters Union grabs an audience with powerful heartfelt ballads and great dance favorites - keeping people on their feet for hours. Strong lead vocals, tight harmonies, and the professional musicianship of Twangsters Union keep crowds entertained and dancing - always coming back for more.
Joey LeBlanc - Drums, Percussion & Vocals
Born in Texas and raised in Southwest Louisiana, Joey has a deep-rooted family background in French (Cajun) music. His Grandfather, Floyd LeBlanc and his magic fiddle, played with such greats as Ernest Tubb, Joe Bonsall, & Joel Sonnier to name a few and was inducted into the Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame in 1990.
Joey has continued on with the family heritage the best way he knows how, playing music. He started playing around on the drums in his teens but didn't play professionally until age 32. It was evident by the natural feel for the drums that music was in his blood.
Joey has played with several different bands over the last 12 years and has backed some Nashville Recording artists along the way. He is one of the founding members of Twangsters Union and has been a member of other bands such as Salt of the Earth (Gospel), Touch of Class (R&B), The Kadillacs (Variety), and Jason Ashley (Country). While touring with some of these bands and Twangsters Union. Joey has opened for Exile, Wayne Toups, Percy Sledge, Pat Green, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Aaron Watson, Little Texas, Kevin Fowler, Casey Donahew, Frank Foster, and Craig Morgan.
Today Joey calls Lake Charles, LA home and has developed into one of the area's best drummer / singer / songwriters. He is continuing to learn more and more about his place in music.
Joey only plays Yamaha Custom Oak drums, with Evans EC2 clear heads, uses Pro Mark 747 series Japanese Oak drum sticks, and Audix drum mics for live and studio work.
Jeff LeBlanc - Electric Guitar & Vocals
A lifelong resident of Lake Charles, La, it was evident at an early age that Jeff had a passion for music and instruments of all genres. From the age of 7, Jeff began learning to play fiddle & drums, bass guitar by the age of 10 and electric guitar at 12. Jeff went on to play the snare drum in marching band thru high school and 2 years in college before finally setting all other instruments aside to focus on lead guitar. Jeff began honing his country licks by playing in a family gospel band for 5 years before playing in several Country and Cajun bands as well as R&B music in and around the Texas/Louisiana music scene.
During his time as a professional musician, Jeff has had the opportunity to perform with several Cajun music industry greats such as Richard LeBeouf, Jo-El Sonnier, and Wayne Toups. In 2005 he formed the band Twangsters Union with his brother, Joey (Drums) and has been expressing his love of music through his guitar ever since. His playing style can be summed up in one word, "MasonOlanderPaisleyish"
Jeff, with Twangsters Union, has opened for Tracy Lawrence, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, Little Texas, Cody Johnson, Aaron Watson, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler, and Craig Morgan.
Jeff plays Forrest Lee Custom guitars with DR High Beam Custom gauge strings through a custom built cabinet powered by a Hughes & Kettner head.
Donice Morace - Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
If true country is what you want, then look no further. Being described as one of the best voices coming out of Beaumont, Tx, Donice has made waves in the Lone Star State.
Raised in SE Texas, Donice learned to play the guitar at the age of six. His inspiration to sing professionally came around the time that Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Byrd were both singing in a local bar in Beaumont, Tx called Cutter’s. “I would just sit and watch both of them, taking different aspects that I liked from both and combining them. It was like going to Honky Tonk school for me,” says Donice. It made a huge impression on him and soon found himself singing on that same stage a couple of years later. His other influences are Johnny Bush, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Mel Street.
In 1997, Donice moved to Atlanta, Ga to take a five night a week job singing at Cowboy’s Dance Hall. It was there he opened for such acts as Merle Haggard, Lonestar, and Kenny Chesney to name a few. While working there, Donice met and became close friends with Davis Daniel. Davis was able to give him inside advice about the business and introduced him to songwriting, which resulted in the two co-writing several songs. “That boy is unapologetically country,” says Davis.
After moving back to Texas five years later, Donice played a huge part in forming the band BOOMTOWN. They were quickly hired as the house band at newly opened Whiskey River in Beaumont. Opening for and becoming friends with Kevin Fowler was the highlight of that time for him. In April of that year, Donice went into the studios in Nashville and recorded and produced BOOMTOWN’s debut album.
Currently, Donice's new self titled EP is available for download.
Lee Blackman – Bass Guitar & Vocals
Bassist Lee Blackman is a life-long resident of Groves, Texas. He has been playing bass for 45 years. As Lee likes to say “I grew up playing classic rock…before it was classic!” Lee took guitar lessons at an early age, when he was taught to read music. He started playing bass in bands and school combos in junior high, after his band director taught him to read bass clef. This lead to him switching from trumpet to bass guitar in concert band and continued into high school. Lee then went on to Lamar University where he received a scholarship to play bass guitar in the nationally acclaimed Lamar symphonic band, under the direction of Dr. Charles Wiley.
Lee has played in numerous local bands, toured with recording artist Zona Jones from 1993 through 2010, and played for Tracy Byrd in 2013-2014. Over the years, Lee has had the opportunity to share the stage opening for or playing with such artists as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Charlie Pride, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt and more.
After a brief retirement, the Twangsters Union boys pulled him back into active duty in 2015, and he now holds down the bottom for the band while assisting with harmonies.
Lee plays Fender and Peavey basses, and uses GK amps and cabs, Sennheiser wireless products, and Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors.