Severin Browne | This Twisted Road

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This Twisted Road

by Severin Browne

This acoustic songwriter has a great band and great songs that run from folk to pop to a country-ish rock, with hints of jazz and r&b from his years as a staff-writer for Motown.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Don't Mistake The Singer for The Song
4:37 $0.99
2. Do You Think I'll Go To Heaven
3:19 $0.99
3. Water
4:45 $0.99
4. You Can't Fool The Moon
4:44 $0.99
5. This Twisted Road
3:32 $0.99
6. Sweet Stupid Dreams
4:01 $0.99
7. Angelyne
5:01 $0.99
8. Strange Life
4:43 $0.99
9. My Midlife Crisis
3:28 $0.99
10. Roads
5:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Severin Browne was raised in a musical family where all the children were expected to play an instrument. He began with accordion, then moved to drums and saxophone before settling on guitar at the ripe old age of ten. His older brother Jackson, a talented singer/songwriter with many albums for the Asylum/Elektra labels, played first chair cornet in the elementary school band where Severin played drums.

At the tender age of 21, Severin signed on with Motown Records first as a staff writer and later as a recording artist, releasing two well-received albums. Then, after a 20-year vacation from recording, Severin released a third album, "From the Edge of the World" in 1996, and a fourth, "This Twisted Road," in July 2001.

"This Twisted Road" has 10 songs that touch on the many ways we grapple with various life questions, choices and consequences. The title song is about healing and was inspired by the Oklahoma bombing. "My Midlife Crisis" and "Strange Life" are both tongue-in-cheek looks at a recent relationship and its effects. "Angelyne" is a Paul Zollo lyric about the L.A. billboard queen. And "Roads" is a love song against a backdrop of urban survivalism.

Currently Severin is writing and playing, both solo and as a duo with his partner James Coberly Smith, in the Los Angeles area. He recently performed at the 2003 Kerrville Folk festival with his friend Freebo on bass. And in February 2004 he will be performing on a cruise to Ensenada with That news and more about Severin is available on the web at

Please email Severin at and ask to be entered on his email list for performance updates.



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Russ Paris

Album of the year and best of Severin's career!
I love this album. Certainly the best of Severin's career. These ten songs showcase some of the best songwriting I've heard in a long time. My favorite track seems to change with each listening but "You Can't Fool The Moon" is simply a masterpiece. I've been a fan of Severin's for a long time but he's really outdone himself with these well-crafted tunes. And Severin's guitar playing is simply outstanding. Congratulations are in order. Buy this CD!!

Doug Haywood

Severin Browne sings very, very well. Also a fine, solid songwriter.
Severin Browne sings very, very well. He's also a fine, solid songwriter. This album has a nice variety of timbres and textures. The music, like the writing, is clean and direct. This's not mysterious. Everything is right out front. Well done.

Kenny Woods

Sweet Sounds of Severin
Something about the opening bars of music caught me, and I couldn't stop listening to THIS TWISTED ROAD. Maybe because I could relate so much to lines like "The bay would always lead you further out to sea: the wind, the ride, the possibility." From the rollicking and introspective opening track to the sweet acoustic "Roads," this record is is a riveting blend of intelligent, heartfelt tunes.

Laura T. Lynch of

A musical journey that is worth the trip !
This Twisted Road takes many turns down the paths of folk, rock, country, acoustic and jazz. Severin blends these traditions into meaningful well-constructed songs. Browne sings with feeling and is backed by solid instrumentation throughout his ten-song collection. Severin writes mature, poetic, philosophical lyrics about relationships, life, faith and dreams. His music is serious, reflective and well produced. ‘Water’ flows like a smooth stream through good steel guitar leads. ‘Sweet, Stupid Dreams’ has a soft subtle beat, fine guitar work and high-quality backing vocals. ‘Strange Life’ has smooth, silky guitars, good vocal inflections that tell the story of love and pain.
This Twisted Road is a musical journey that is worth the trip!