Esme Patterson released her gorgeous new album We Were Wild last week, and today she shares a stunning visual for “No River.” The song itself – which debuted as Zane Lowe’s “World Record” on Beats 1 – was reviewed last week in The New York Times’ Playlist, saying “A 1960s-soul backbeat, a laconic electric rhythm guitar, some pinging keyboard tones and backup voices going ‘ooh ooh are all Esmé Patterson needs in ‘No River…” PRESS HERE to watch the music video for “No River” now, exclusively via NPR’s First Watch.
Patterson is bringing songs from We Were Wild out on the road this Summer, kicking things off this weekend. See below to find a show near you and PRESS HERE to get tickets. PRESS HERE to watch her rollicking, folky-yet-fiery set at NonComm 2016 to get a taste of what to expect from one of her live shows.
Esme Patterson’s decadal musical career sprang from Colorado’s mountains when she co-founded Denver’s beloved indie-folk ensemble Paper Bird. After four acclaimed albums and perpetual touring, Patterson set a new course. In 2012, she wove local talents, including Nathaniel Rateliff, into her first powerful, ethereal solo release All Princes, I. Her 2014 release, Woman to Woman, rounded out previously one-dimensional females from popular songs – reimagining tracks from Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” to The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” – to the praise of The New York Times, The Guardian and others. “Dearly Departed,” her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman.
Across We Were Wild, Esme Patterson’s delicate voice, wry humor, poignant storytelling, and impassioned delivery entwine with fuzzed-out guitars, deep-in-pocket percussion, hints of roots-y country, and a swirling psychedelic hum. We Were Wild is out now via Grand Jury. PRESS HERE for purchase a physical copy and HERE for digital.
North American Tour Dates
6/18/16 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/22/16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/23/16 Los Angels, CA @ Resident
6/25/16 Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
6/27/16 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
6/28/16 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
6/29/16 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/30/16 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
7/13/16 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
7/14/16 Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
7/16/16 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
7/18/16 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
7/19/16 Decatur, GA @ Eddies Attic
7/20/16 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
7/21/16 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
7/22 – 7/24 Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival