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The Vine Grows Back

by John Twist

If Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Dave Carter had an alien love child it would sound like John Twist.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Billy Black
3:49 $0.99
2. Black Raven River
3:49 $0.99
3. The Vine Grows Back
3:54 $0.99
4. Going Up On The Mountain
3:31 $0.99
5. Temple of Serious Fun
3:36 $0.99
6. Scrooge in Black and White
4:17 $0.99
7. 4 Letter Word
3:46 $0.99
8. Drinking in the Graveyard
3:42 $0.99
9. Cottonwood Crow
4:43 $0.99
10. Pressed in Bloom
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
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 its 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 its 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



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I accidently saw john tiwst her in portland or he is....amazing
I accidently saw john tiwst her in portland or the other night, he is amazing, i bought his cd that night and can only say that this is a guy to watch out for. I'm glad that I'll be able to say I knew him when before he got as big as he deserved. He tears up the guitar like it is a part of his body. He sings like the marrow of his bones is bleeding out. Holy f--- sh-- the truth hurts but how I need it. Thanks John

Sheila Townsend

Shivers is what i get when I listen to him.
John Twist gives me shivers, with that VOICE, who is he? any relation to Johnny Cash? The man must sing from the tips of his toes to have such a low persuasive voice. Jeepers, but didn't my Momma tell me to look out and stay away from him?

Crystin Byrd

Highly Recommended
More than once, John Twist's incredible songs have brought tears to my eyes. And his guitar work is jaw-dropping. The melodies sung in his deep and unique voice will haunt you..but you'll be happy about it.


mind blowing
mindblowing! a monster of a cd, this guy is a poet and a giant of a musician, can't wait for his next one


intricately woven songs that dwell in the creases...
... very personal, intimate songs that are unafraid to bare their souls. stellar guitar work and poetic lyrics wrapped in a deep, rich baritone that can't help but tell the truth, as he sees it. glimpses of richard thompson, and nick drake come to mind, but this is a record with a unique voice, and a hybrid that defies easy categorization... refreshingly so, and highly recommended.