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btv040 Denison Witmer : Of Joy & Sorrow

Denison Witmer
“Of Joy and Sorrow ” (btv040)
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Track listing:
1. Forgiven
2. Stations
3. Rise and Fall
4. Simple Life
5. Rock Run
6. Reaching
7. You and Me
8. The 80’s
9. Yesterday Tomorrow
10. Light My Way

Of Joy and Sorrow is Denison Witmer’s second full-length release, nearly 3 years after his Safe Away debut. This release is a more folk oriented project, with Witmer’s signature vocal stylings accompanied by his quiet, intricate guitar parts, and full-band instrumentation on many songs. This release includes an interactive cd-rom with videos from two live songs not included on Of Joy and Sorrow.



btv045 Denison Witmer : River Bends

Denison Witmer
“River Bends” (btv045)
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Track listing:
1. Healing Time
2. Los Angeles
3. St. Jude
4. Steven
5. You Got Me Good

Denison Witmer quietly released his debut effort, Safe Away, in early 1998. The album, produced and recorded by The Innocence Mission’s Don Peris, slowly gathered fans to Witmer’s intimate acoustic based songs. The California independent label, Velvet Blue Music, enlisted Witmer to release two songs from Safe Away and three additional tracks as the cdep River Bends in late 1998.

Two of the additional tracks were recorded with Peris, but produced by Witmer himself, and the track, “You Got Me Good”, was recorded to 4-track by Denison. The five tracks on River Bends showcase Witmer’s songwriting talent, spinning lyrics of nostalgia, love, longing, and broken heartedness.

Each of the songs on River Bends remain in the setlist of the many live shows and are continually requested by fans. “Healing Time,” “St. Jude,” and “You Got Me Good” are only available on River Bends and are now available on Burnt Toast Vinyl for the first time since the original issue went out of print. The original version is so often requested that a re-issue was necessary. The new version features a special digipak with embroidered artwork designed by artist Andy Bruntel who also did the artwork for Witmer’s Burnt Toast Vinyl edition of Safe Away.



btv050 Denison Witmer : Philadelphia Songs

Denison Witmer
“Philadelphia Songs” (btv050)
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Track listing:
1 Sets of Keys
2 I Won’t Let You Down
3 24 Turned 25
4 Leaving Philadelphia (Arriving In Seattle)
5 Chestnut Hill
6 Stations
7 I Tried To Make You Smile
8 Remember The Things You Have Seen
9 Saint Cecilia (Ode to Music)
On Philadelphia Songs, Denison Witmer paints a haunting and beautiful picture of memories, people, and places. The album features a host of guest musicians and Philadelphians. as well as members of The Six Parts Seven (Suicide Squeeze Records). Philadelphia Songs, his third full-length, was recorded in Philadelphia at home by friend Scott French and at Soundgun studios by Edan Cohen (Songs:Ohia, Jim & Jenny & the Pinetops).

The instrumentation is rich and deep, adding an ambient feel to Witmer’s songs that has not been fully explored until this album. From the nostalgic romanticism of Sets of Keys to the heartbreaking 24 turned 25 to the MiniDisc hotel piano field recording on St. Cecilia (Ode to Music), the words and sounds form a tapestry that reflects Philadelphia from Denison’s point of view.

Aside from being recorded in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Songs includes extensive photography from various city locations picked by Witmer and vividly captured on film by Philadelphia photographer Brady Sanders.



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