Denison Witmer, Noah Gunderson
April 2, 2013
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY (Revival Room)
7 pm doors, 8 pm show, All Ages, $8 adv, $10 dos
Veteran singer/songwriter Denison Witmer will play in Newport at Southgate House Revival Room on Tuesday, April 2 in support of the new self-titled album Denison Witmer, releasing April 30 on Asthmatic Kitty Records. Denison Witmer is a stunning introspective collection of 11 intimate songs inspired by love, loss, self-affirmation and self-discovery. Witmer makes music that is gentle, atmospheric, transfixing, and hypnotic, unveiled upon each listen.
Rolling Stone referred to Witmer as “…our favorite underrated singer-songwriter…” Underrated is an appropriate word for Witmer, who has released eight full-length albums and garnered critical praise from outlets such asPitchfork, Entertainment Weekly and Popmatters, to name a few. Even with a myriad of acclaimed supporters and collaborators such as Sufjan Stevens, William Fitzsimmons (both appear on the new album), Damien Jurardo, and Noah Gundersen Witmer’s career always seems to have flown just under the radar. Perhaps, that is, until now.
After building a substantial body of work, why did Witmer choose to self-title his ninth album? With the birth of his son, the loss of his father and the arrival at a crossroads of questioning his chosen career path, Witmer found inspiration and validation from another artist who had never recorded a single note. While in Amsterdam, Witmer visited the Van Gogh Museum, where he spent numerous hours absorbing some of the master’s greatest pieces. The true discovery for Witmer came from Van Gogh’s earlier works, before his most famous period. He marveled at the vast amount of rarely discussed Van Gogh creations. Witmer then observed that traces of the artist’s earliest work appeared in his most cherished paintings. Witmer had an epiphany. The simple, yet powerful, realization that our past experiences truly shape who we are and that with his music, it is about the journey, the process instead of the final product. It was vividly clear that everything he had created in his past had now brought him to Denison Witmer, a fully realize piece of art.