Esme Patterson Woman To Woman EP on 10" Vinyl
"I was sitting in a hotel room in Spearfish, SD learning to play a Townes Van Zandt tune called 'Loretta,' and as I was singing the words, I started to get angry," says Esme Patterson on the inspiration behind her new album Woman to Woman. "I started thinking about how one-sided and subjective a lot of love songs are, and how a lot of women immortalized in songs might tell a different side of the story if anyone ever asked."
That realization inspired Patterson to write an album of response songs that aims to give voice to seven women from popular music: "Jolene" (Dolly Parton), "Alison" (Elvis Costello), "Loreta" (Townes Van Zandt), "Caroline" (The Beach Boys), "Eleanor Rigby" (The Beatles), "Evangeline" (The Band) and "Irene" (Leadbelly). "They are archetypes from famous songs, frozen forever in black and white," she adds. "I did my best to add some color and give them some humanity."
Well-known for her work as a vocalist for Denver, CO's Paper Bird, Patterson also appeared on Anais Mitchell's Hadestown, has performed on both Letterman and Leno as a backup singer for Tennis, and has collaborated with artists like Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nick Jaina and Reed Foehl. Woman to Woman is her second solo release.
Esme Patterson Woman To Woman EP Track Listing:
2. Never Chase A Man
4. The Glow
6. Louder Than the Sound
7. A Dream