John Twist


"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... 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, formerly 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 (joemcmurrian com)

"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

“John uses intricate guitar tunings along with the very soul of the poet to create vivid landscapes of the human heart. He has a fine voice, and makes his original songs come alive with grace and enthusiasm.”--Tom May, host River City Folk, on NPR Radio

“Let's put it this way - John's good.  Not just "fun" good, or "my-friend-can-play" good, but Leo Kottke good,  Richard Thompson good…no one shows more love for the craft than John.” --Kelly Crook, The Café Moro Newsleter
“…the songs evoke vivid imagery of the riverbanks of the Black Raven River, dogs barking far away in the summer night, snow the day before Christmas, and crows calling from the cottonwood.   Twist plays six- and 12-string guitars and banjo and sings original songs in a big soaring baritone. His music combines the drive of Celtic, the sweat of the blues, the sorrow of mountain music and the joy of pop.” --The Corvallis Gazette Times
John Twist¹s songs follow like steps on a pilgrim¹s journey.  A trail marked with rapture and regret…”--Andrew Calhoun, Waterbug Records
Reviews of Anne weiss's recording of John Twist's song "I ain't for no reason to lie to you"
“Ain’t Got No Reason To Lie To You” is one of my top ten new tracks for 2011, aired on three shows, and not for the last time. 
- Larry Newman KGLT Community Radio Bozeman, MT – Country Folk Show
John Twist’s “I Ain’t Got No Reason to Lie to You,” is a knockout.
Jerome Clark,
"It was such an honor to meet you and hear you inspired music at the library last night.  The set was really fun and I know the audience really enjoyed an opportunity to participate.  It was wonderful to see the young boy and his father afterward and so nice of you to show him a few things on the 12 string.  Moments like those really change the lives of kids with creative dreams.  In this chaotic, increasingly impersonal world, following your passion and sharing music is more important than ever.  Your passion really shines through in you lyrics and melodies...I hope you'll consider joining us for an event at the library again! Thank you! Sara Kelso, The Tigard Library