Following the critical acclaim received by Denver singer songwriter EsméPatterson on the release of her recent album Woman To Woman and exhilarating live shows (both on her own and with Frank Turner), she will release new single Tumbleweed on 25th May 2015 through Xtra Mile Recordings.
Woman to Woman is a concept album which saw Esmé tackle the perceptions of famous women in classic songs and gave them a voice to respond. Dolly Parton’s Jolene, The Beach Boys’ Caroline, No, The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and more were included, in what is a beautifully constructed, thought provoking album. With plays on 6 Music (Lauren Laverne was an enthusiastic supporter) and XFM as well as features online. Esmé quietly garnered fans over the UK.
Check out the video to What Do You Call A Woman? – Esmé’s response to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean
On Tumbleweed, the song that inspired the whole album Esmé explains “I was touring with my old band Paper Bird when we stopped in Spearfish, South Dakota and the venue had given us enough hotel rooms so that each of us could have our own. Alone time was a rare treat, and I decided to use the space to learn Townes Van Zandt’s Loretta and was looking up the chords and the lyrics, and in the process started thinking about how one-sided it seemed. I imagined, “what would that woman, Loretta, say about him?” I gave up on learning Townes’ tune, and found my song Tumbleweed rattling around in my heart somewhere. I finished it that night.”
Patterson also appears on several tracks on the new Shakey Graves album one of which Dearly Departed has received over five million plays on Spotify and she appeared with him on the Conan O’Brien show and The Letterman Show in the US. She is currently touring the US with William Elliott Whitmore and is set to return to the UK later this summer.
Woman To Woman Track listing:
(Corresponding popular songs each track responds to are listed in parentheses)
1. Valentine (Elvis Costello – ‘Alison’)
2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’)
3. Oh Let’s Dance (The Kinks – ‘Lola’)
4. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt – ‘Loretta’)
5. What Do You Call A Woman (Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’)
6. The Glow (The Beach Boys – ‘Caroline, No’)
7. Louder Than the Sound (The Band – ‘Evangeline’)
8. Bluebird (The Beatles – ‘Eleanor Rigby’)
9. A Dream (Leadbelly – ‘Goodnight Irene’)
10. Wildflower (Bob Dylan – ‘To Ramona’)