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"Hold On Me," displays everything that is wonderful about Twisted Pine: an upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos; tight harmonies. This is definitely a band to watch!" - NPR
"They once were bluegrass, but their new self-titled album shows that this Boston band has become something else, a wider version of stringband, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still." - Boston Globe
"Twisted Pine is now seen as one of the most innovative and consistently thrilling musical groups in New England, if not the entire country." - Wicked Local
"Twisted Pine's upcoming self-titled record showcases each of the broad range of their musical backgrounds: there's pop, there's funk, there are fiddle tunes, and there's some very personal and heartfelt songwriting. - The Bluegrass Situation
"The bluegrass quartet (thought strictly referring to them as such may be an understatement) are following in the path of acts like Punch Brothers and others mixing the traditional with the slightly more virtuosic and varied. Each member of this band is a runaway freight train of talent on their own, but together the jubilance of sound they unleash on a crowd is something to be marveled." - Red Line Roots
"Versatility is the common factor for Twisted Pine as styles and forms blend into a sonic step forward for the bluegrass genre." - The Alternate Root
"Beautifully written songs delivered with perfectly layered harmonies on top of intricately layered acoustic stringed instruments." - Glide Magazine
"A heavenly combination of jazz, rock, alternative, blues, and country... These four mesh so well their web is air tight." - Twangrila
"Like their forebears, Twisted Pine takes a bluegrass instrument approach to music that might be best described as contemporary pop in form. You get the punch of the bluegrass rhythm section, without percussion, applied to a song and melody structure more in tune with that to which the wider pop music audience aligns." - Bluegrass Today
"The Green River Festival lineup gets more legendary by the year. Life’s too short to list the entire bill for you here, but personal favorites include Lake Street Dive, Amadou & Mariam, recent Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas and up-and-coming Boston string band Twisted Pine." - WBUR
"As its moniker might suggest, Twisted Pine is a bluegrass band that both holds up and gently subverts tradition. You’ll get plenty of twangy flights from the four-piece string crew, but you’ll also get more of an indie rock and pop sensibility framed by bluegrass instrumentation. Come for the chops, stay for the charming-as-hell vocal harmonies between guitarist Rachel Sumner and fiddle player Kathleen Parks." - The Metrowest Daily
"Twisted Pine is the most exciting new roots band to emerge from the New England scene in quite some time. Their live show is already legendary for the band's unbridled spirit and contagious energy." - Jim Olsen, Signature Sounds
"I became a Twisted Pine fan watching them capture first prize at the Freshgrass Band Contest last year....great singing, great playing and a charismatic appeal that propels their take on bluegrass into the future while still being true to the music's roots." - Alison Brown, Compass Records
"Twisted Pine is one of the most original-sounding groups ever to take up bluegrass instruments. They absolutely rule their musical world with humor and relish. If Billy Joel had been the father of Bluegrass instead of that other Bill, everyone might all sound like these folks." - Darol Anger, fiddler
"So grooving. And low volume!" - Vulfpeck
Twisted Pine Dreams EP Release [Signature Sounds Recordings, June 8, 2018]
On June 8, discover Dreams, the new EP from Twisted Pine. Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos” and “tight harmonies,” the acoustic quartet deftly reimagines seven pop, rock, and disco favorites. Twisted Pine wrote every song on their acclaimed, self-titled 2017 debut album. Now, after their mashup of Vulfpeck and father-of-bluegrass Bill Monroe went viral, they’ve turned to Sam Kassirer of Great North Sound Society (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter, Elephant Revival) to record inspired interpretations of Blondie, The Beatles, The Cranberries, and others.
The Cranberries’ late Dolores O’Riordan was a major influence on bandmates Kathleen Parks (fiddle) and Rachel Sumner (guitar), who weave a sweet and spooky harmony on O’Riordan’s 1993 hit “Dreams.” Sumner revs things up with Joni Mitchell’s “Raised on Robbery,” an unforgettable cruiser sped along by the airtight rhythm section of Dan Bui (mandolin) and Chris Sartori (bass). The two singers blend cool seduction and high wattage on Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and Scissor Sisters’ “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” which, in spite of its name, makes you feel like doing nothing else.
Instrumentally, the group shines on “Funky Kentucky,” a surprising, swinging reinvention of Monroe’s “Kentucky Waltz.” Parks doesn’t so much bend the lyrics as sculpt them, while she, Bui, and Sartori dig deep into the groove bag for a dexterous and soulful string interlude. Vulfpeck’s “El Chepe” and an elegantly far-out “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” complete the fun and free-spirited offering.
Though steeped in traditional music, these musicians are also fearless, tuneful improvisers and passionate lovers of pop. Each member impresses on their own, but the ensemble playing and arrangements, incorporating tasteful hints of percussion and keyboards, create a sound that is more than the sum of its parts. Even when Twisted Pine plays the music of legends, what you hear most of all is their singular voice.
Dreams is a proud production of Signature Sounds Recordings. Be sure to see Twisted Pine on tour throughout the spring and summer of 2018, bringing what one critic has called a “charming as hell” live show to stages from Maine to Texas.
From Dreams (June 8, Signature Sounds Recordings) "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" , cover of the Scissor Sisters/Elton John tune