Vine Grows Back
A debut effort that exhibts a unique lyrical voice and an extrodinary instrumentalist. Here's what the citics/press has to say of Twist's efforts: 'Twist is an unusual yet strangely alluring musician. His baritone voice goes on it's own deep journey while his virtuoso guitar playing keeps each song focused. Hints of the Blues, Appalachian and Celtic music seep in to Twist's original songs, which are vivid stories filled with imagery and emotion.' Idaho Statesman 'I really was surprised by the intensity of Twist's songs, it's like I hear Christy Moore. Really good songs!!!' Berrie Koetsier Radio Ijsselmond, The Netherlands, 'A rare gem in today's musical pebble field.' Chris Merrick KBOO Program director 'Sophisticated imagery, beautiful linear melodies and slightly gravely voice set against swift picking patterns creates a compelling urban folk style.' HipFish Segovia said he was trying make the guitar sound like an orchestra, tonight John Twist did just that' John York, formery of the Byrds 'John Twist played an excellent couple of sets at Mt. Hood Roasters a while back. The man is as versatile on stringed instruments as I am with a bottle of ketchup...everything was perfect in it's place. Twist is a professional, who obviously loves his music, displayed in a diverse repertoire, including serious technical picking, banjo tunes, lush twelve string songs, and more.' Joshua Baker East Clackamas County Gazette 'A Weaver of 12 String Wonders' Jeff Rosenberg,The Willamette Week 'The Oregon-based guitar guru has a strong reputation for a keen display of virtuoso fretwork and sophisticated songwriting with a strangely enticing combination of driving Celtic music, sweaty blues, sorrowful mountain music, and joyful pop... Isamu Jordan 7-Spokesman Review '(Twist)draws comparisons to Richard Thompson' The Daily Astorian 'Twist's virtuoso Celt-blues fretwork and complex song-stylings...can't possibly do wrong.' The Salt Lake City Weekly 'John Twist is like our own Leo Kotke, right here in Portland (OR). I think John is amazing' Joe McMurrian 'It has to be said: Twist does an excellent job.' Rene Van Abs Alt Country Radio 'John Twist has a compelling voice combined with superior guitar work and writes memorable, intense songs.' David Stafford, KKUP, Friday Folk Off.