Twisted Hams

Twisted Hams is currently a band of four unique individuals. Each member, with different backgrounds and tastes, coming together for a musical synergy that is out of this world. Well, not really, but it is pretty freakin' cool.  Twisted Hams is based out of El Paso, Texas with members Paul Hyder – guitar, bass, mandolin, and vocals; Ron Lambert – drums, percussion, and vocals; ; Nicole O’Leary – flute,  and vocals, and Randy Russ - guitar, bass and vocals..  We play original, unique music, with splashes of influence from groups such as Frank Zappa, The Who, Pearl Jam, Miles Davis, and Jethro Tull. We recorded our first CD, "Takin' It Back",  in July of 2012 at El Adobe Studios in El Paso, Texas, and recorded our second, self-titled, CD at Sweat Shop Studios, which was completed in Dec. of 2015. Both were released through We have fun and enjoy creating music together. We hope you will check out our music and enjoy listening as much as we enjoy playing it.

 “We take our not-so-serious music seriously.”     

Paul Hyder - Guitarist, bassist, vocalist, primary song writer, engineer

 This is Paul Hyder, PhD., singing. He's not really crazy. He just gets into it.  Paul enjoys writing songs and working with the band to make them come to life. He is very creative. He also plays guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass and sings. 

Ron Lambert - Drummer, astronomer, martial artist, and philosopher

 Ron "Rondosonic" Lambert loves to drum when he's awake. "Eat, sleep, drum." Ron's twenty years in the martial arts have given him the discipline, and work ethic, to constantly strive to reach a higher level of drumming. We just hope he's wearing underwear when he goes up stairs carrying suitcases. 

Nicole O'Leary - Primary vocalist, flutist, chicken wrangler and gardener

Nicole O'Leary started at an early age taking piano lessons. She learned to play flute playing in the high school band. She now handles vocals, flute, and occasional percussion instrument. Although Nicole's photos may be a little out of  focus, she is the most focused of us all. Boy, can she step up!


Randy Russ - Guitarist extraordinaire, vocalist, biker dude, and band comic


Randy "Phat Daddy" Russ has been an axeman in and around the music scene for about forty years. He has recorded on a number of albums. Check out his amazing licks on the Dragonfly album. He rides a Harley. Need we say more?

Eric Shelton - Bass player


Eric "Mr Boom Boom" Shelton, is the foundation of the group. He holds down the bottom end and creates a sonic rhythm for your listening and dancing pleasure.

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