: May 23, 2014
Esmé Patterson Live at Twist and Shout Friday, May 23rd
Last Friday we enjoyed hosting an in-store performance with Esme Patterson. She played a long solo acoustic set to a great crowd of local music lovers. Most of the songs were off her new album Woman To Woman, a concept album of songs written in reply to famous songs about women, but from the woman’s perspective. My personal favorite is “Never Chase a Man” written in reply to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” It is a powerful song with the perfect refrain “Men, they should be chasin’ you, never chase a man.” The recorded album sounds amazing and the first track “Valentine,” written in reply to Elvis Costello’s “Alison,” is so impressive Elvis Costello himself shared it on facebook! Esme is one of those people blessed with beauty and brains who has put them to use a way that shows women as a force to be reckoned with. She makes us all think about how these characters have their own voices and motivations. Patterson is in the indie-folk band Paper Bird and lives in Denver so we have had the fortune of being long time fans of Esme. This was a bit of a family reunion for us, with many local musicians, writers, and promoters in attendance. All of our staff loves her so much that everyone stayed late after their shift ended to hear her play. There has been a lot of exiting press on this new album from the New York Times to Paste Magazine. Make sure you pick up her new album Woman To Woman, it is not only an exciting gender topic but just simply good songs!
(all photos by Natja Soave)
(We left out two songs that have not been recorded yet)