Esmé Patterson’s perspective shifting EP and an intimate recording session with Dension Witmer, tonight on Folkadelphia


Esmé Patterson cut her teeth playing with the sprawling indie folk-pop 7-piece Paper Bird. She’s currently prepping the release of Woman to Woman, a brand new solo EP that takes the point of view of many titular women characters in classic love songs like Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta,” the Beach Boys’ “Caroline No,” and Elvis Costello’s “Alison.” By turning the perspective around, Patterson sheds new light on songs we’ve heard a million times and probably never truly absorbed their meaning. For deeper investigation, read Jon Solomon’s interview with Patterson. Look for the release of this great set of songs in mid-April.

Watch a video for “Swimmer,” a song from her 2012 release:

Esmé Patterson – Swimmer from Isaac Ravishankara on Vimeo.

On this episode of Folkadelphia, we invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the intimate songs of Philadelphia’s Denison Witmer, performing as a duo with local guitarhand Ross Bellenoit, and sharing a number of songs from his latest eponymous album, released last year via Sufjan Steven’s Asthmatic Kitty label. On a personal note, Denison has been one of my favorite songwriters for a decade and it has long been a dream to host him for a session. In October of 2013, we made it happen.

Watch a live video of Witmer performing “Hold On”


Download “In Your Hands,” a new track from Denison Witmer; watch him cover Nada Surf’s “Your Legs Grow” with Devin Greenwood

Philly songsmith Denison Witmer travels along dusty highways and scenic country roads on his new single “In Your Hands,” a track from his new EP The Ones Who Wait Part 2. A followup to his last full-length record of almost the same name (self-released in May 2011, reissued by Asthmatic Kitty Records this past spring), the EP showcases new and unreleased tracks, alternate versions and a cover of his friend (and sometimes bandmate) Sufjan Stevens’ song “Abraham.”

The EP, along with his recent appearance in a video for The Voice Project, oughta tide fans over until Witmer releases his next full-length in February of 2013. For the video series, Witmer and former Philadelphia music guy Devin Greenwood worked up a cover of “Your Legs Grow” by Nada Surf Continue reading →