Twisted Pine (from the album Twisted Pine on Signature Sound Recordings)
In the beginning. Twisted Pine were obsessed with Bluegrass, reinventing classic string band tunes for the Boston/Cambridge Massachusetts Roots scene, playing locally while attending Berklee College of Music during school terms and venturing out to the festival circuit during the summer months. The fourpiece had a diverse musical background of Jazz, Pop, Celtic, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, with all their tastes leaning towards the experimental and extremes of any genre that peeked their collective interests. On their self-titled Signature Sound Recordings debut, Twisted Pine used all of elements in their background to create original songs that reflected where they were as a band while still keeping within the string band makeup, transforming Bluegrass without losing traditional instrumentation. Lonely strings form a circle around the loss of home in the sad tale of “Bank Man Blues”, chaotic notes fly through the air, strewn across the melody of “When I Call Your Name”, and quiet notes rise like early morning light in “Easton”.
Versatility is the common factor for Twisted Pine as styles and forms blend into a sonic step forward for the Bluegrass genre. The thump of the bass and the rhythm of persistent guitar strums lays the foundation for album opener “Hold on Me” as Country cabaret worries an edge into the groove of “Lose My Love” with deceit carves one heart back into two parts while Celtic airs scatter and scamper over “Lee Street Tune”. Twisted Pine have an ease to their music, the talent of the individual musicians channeled into the joy of playing. The band drift ooh-ahh harmonies over the instrumental turn that goes into “Hogwild” as a single powerful riff courses underneath “21 and Rising”, and Twisted Pine scat strut a shuffling rhythm for “Bound to Do It Right (The Jersey City Song)”.
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