Esmé Patterson

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Photo by Todd Roeth


"Her voice is wiry and candid, backed by arrangements that roll along the folk-country borderline. Some songs proclaim self-determination and defiance; others, like ‘The Glow’ - imagining the Beach Boys’ Caroline - hint at mystery and mortality. " - New York Times

"Paper Bird’s Esmé Patterson flies solo," mused Denver’s Westword in Summer of 2012. Since that time this fierce and brilliant songwriter’s altitude and velocity has only increased. As a founding member of the Americana group Paper Bird, Patterson’s songwriting is at the heart of the folk and roll explosion in Denver, CO. Never one to have too many irons in the fire, Patterson appears on Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, has performed on both Letterman and Leno as a backup singer for Tennis, and has collaborated with Shakey Graves and Nathaniel Rateliff. Woman to Woman, a concept album, is her second solo release.

Patterson explains the concept behind Woman to Woman in a TEDx talk:

"I was learning to play a Townes Van Zandt song called "Loretta,"…and I started thinking about how many songs were just a woman’s name, and how these women are frozen in time, and frozen as archetypes, frozen in black and white. And I thought they deserved to be colored in."

Released April 15th, the album has already drawn attention from Paste, the New York Times, World Cafe, and one of the original songwriters, Elvis Costello. This Fall, it will be released throughout Europe on Xtra Mile Recordings (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Against Me!).


Videos

Esmé Patterson at TEDxMileHigh

 

Esmé Patterson feat. Nathaniel Rateliff - My Young Man - Official Video from Rett Rogers on Vimeo.

Esmé Patterson - Swimmer from Isaac Ravishankara on Vimeo.


Discography

Woman to Woman (April 15, 2014)

All Princes, I (November 20, 2012)


Past Press

“Hits hard with playful femininity and captivating lyrics” // NPR

"[Esme Patterson is] giving the women in popular songs a voice beyond the picture painted by the original narrator" // PASTE

“It feels deserved and it feels earned. It feels remarkable, only in that it’s hers - that she can claim it as her own.” // DAYTROTTER

Music

Click here for "Never Chase a Man" off of Woman to Woman

Click here for "My Young Man" by Esmé Patterson featuring Nathaniel Rateliff off of All Princes, I


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Label: Virgil Dickerson // virgil {at} illegalpetes {dot} com

Publicity: Erin Barnes // erin {at} illegalpetes {dot} com

About

Not following the traditional label model, Denver-based Greater Than Collective works with a small selection of artists and offers them help with anything the band may need, including but not limited to: promotion, album duplication and music licensing.

Greater Than is run by Illegal Pete’s owner Pete Turner, Suburban Home Records founder Virgil Dickerson, and publicist and founder of the Donnybrook Writing Academy, Erin Barnes.

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