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Sycamore Tryst

by Patti Witten

"A through-line from Guthrie to Dylan to Joni Mitchell and on to writers like Greg Brown has set a standard of common people telling common stories in uncommon ways. Patti Witten speaks this language." PERFORMING SONGWRITER
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. What I Don't Tell You
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2. Good Thing It's Only in My Mind
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3. Black Butterfly
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4. Admit It
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5. I Guess That She Left You
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6. Goin' Back to Moline
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7. I Think About You
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8. Nine Days in Texas
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9. Sunny Day in Terre Haute
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10. Another Minute More
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11. Carry Me There
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12. Sweet Home
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13. You Can't
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sycamore Tryst is Patti\'s is second full-length CD, the predecessor to 2007\'s award-winning Tell The Wind (find it here on CD Baby).

Indie-Music.com said the songs on Sycamore Tryst are \"like the love child of Aimee Mann and Chris Isaak.\" Reviewers also make comparisons to Joni Mitchell\'s voice and poetry, to sophisticated Adult Alternative like Shawn Colvin, and to the unaffected simplicity of Gillian Welch. Sycamore Tryst earned awards in the Billboard, Woody Guthrie, Mid-Atlantic, Indie Acoustic Project, and SIBL song contests, plus a Top 12 DIY and Spotlight DIY from Performing Songwriter magazine.

Sycamore Tryst followed her slightly-to-the-side side project EP, Prairie Doll. Teamed again with producer/guitarist Rich DePaolo (find him here on CD Baby) and the Prairie Doll band - drummer Bill King and Doug Robinson on bass - Patti offers 13 original songs on Sycamore Tryst, one with a nod to Three Dog Night. Guest artists are former Tom Tom Club guitarist Robby Aceto, Bob Carlucci on pedal steel, Eric Aceto on electric violin and fellow I-Town Records artist and singer-songwriter Uniit (Five-2, Sim Redmond Band).

Ten songs from Patti\'s first CD, \"Land Of Souvenirs,\" earned more than a dozen song and album awards including grand prize in the Great American song contest. Two more CDs and a few short years later that number has grown to more than 30 top honors from an impressive list of international and regional competitions.

TV/Radio notes:

\"Black Butterfly\" on Pandora Web radio, played 20,000 times in the first quarter of 2008!

\"Admit It\" used in the DVD release of \"Crossing Jordan,\" Season One (episode #20, \"The Gift of Life\") from NBC/Universal!

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Tim

This music, like a trusted coat!....you keep reaching for it
You can see the high praise in the other reviews. Patti Witten is a joy to listen to, a treasure. Once you happen to 'discover' her you will want to tell others of the depth and quality, the sheer pleasure of hearing her lyrics, her music. I have not met Patti, but I do have all her CDs and she feels like a friend. Do you know what I mean?
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PUREMUSIC.com

Sycamore Tryst is a smooth, deep, passionate record . . .
Patti Witten's one of the sharpest tools we've run across in the indie toolbox. She's got a genuine and convincing voice, as a writer and a singer.

Sycamore Tryst is a smooth, deep, passionate record with a very consistent timbre and mood, which makes for a good ride. Behind every cohesive singer songwriter record is a great producer, and Rich DePaolo has left a mark on every aspect of the recording. Along with instrumental and vocal arrangements, he recorded, mixed, and produced. He also played electric and baritone guitar, keyboards and some bass, and sang. He's a keeper. Patti's from Ithaca, NY, and they cut the record in nearby Newfield.
Patti's label is aptly dubbed Potent Folk, and I-Town is a collective of 30 or so artists. I see her name around a lot on the Net, she's one of the crop that's working the web. But she's got the musical goods too, the talent and the tunes. She sounds like she's been successful a long time, even though that's just the direction she's going.
Along with a number of songwriting awards and distinctions to her credit, there is an impressive endorsement on the CD jacket from her friend Roseanne Cash. They met at an upper NY state mecca called the Omega Institute, where Rosanne was giving a songwriting workshop. Ms. Cash graciously counts herself among Patti's fans, "delighted and honored to be a permanent member of her audience." Check the artist out for yourself on the Listen page, and buy this lovely record here.
We like it a lot, Patti Witten's a comer. I was very amused by the song called "Nine Days in Texas," about the hoops you have to jump through to get into the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. "Black Butterfly" and the opener "What I Don't Tell You" were my favorite songs on these early passes, but there were a number of front runners. I think the woman's got a deep trunk of good songs. We certainly look forward to hearing more of them.  (FG)
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Sing Out!

More emotion per line than your average songsmith.
Good music is like a good story or movie: something is needed to keep the listener/reader/viewer interested. In music, you may have deep lyrics and state-of-the-art production, but unless you have evocative melodies and a few good hooks, the listener might just grow bored. Patti Witten knows this. She writes good singer-songwriter lyrics and Sycamore Tryst is full of super arrangements, but she's also interested in cutting a wider swath than your average New England poet with a guitar. Song after song, the melodies, warm vocals, and lovely choruses draw the listener into an emotional web of sound and words.

"What I Don't Tell You" opens with steady percussion and a nice guitar part before Witten begins her tale of love and desire. It's a nice opening, but there's really nothing to separate it from a hundred and one other competently written relationship songs. The difference, however, arrives on the chorus as the song takes an elegant dip with some seductive lyrics and a chord change that complicates the song's structure and gives Witten a chance to wring more emotion per line than your average songsmith.

Witten and her comrades pull off this trick again and again. The production mixes acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass and an occasional keyboard or pedal steel for a warm, dreamy sound. "Black Butterfly" floats lazily along a dense mesh of resonance, evoking sentiment musically as well as vocally, while "I Guess That She Left You" sketches poignant, slice-of-life details, the broken life of the one who's been left behind. Simply said, this is good stuff. With intelligent and fun songs, Sycamore Tryst qualifies as much more than your typical singer-songwriter. --RL
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Julie Prentice

Her most powerful and soulful work to date
Sycamore Tryst has the lyrics that keep your interest in what story she is telling, the musical punchlines that keep you humming her tunes after listening and the emotional impact that make her songs live on in the mind.
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Amalthea

A lovely surprise
Bought this one on a lark and found that Witten's music got under my skin with the very first song. Like curling up under a warm blanket on a cool autumn evening to contemplate the end of summer, her music is both comforting and bittersweet. Beautiful stuff.
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Performing Songwriter

Thoughtful folk-pop with subtle, poetic beauty.
The folk-pop gems on Witten’s 1999 debut won just about every songwriting contest imaginable, and her latest release is well on its way to repeating the trend. The New England-based singer-songwriter creates thoughtful folk-pop with subtle, poetic beauty, leaving herself vulnerable at times without delving into self-pity. Producer Rich DePaolo’s haunting electric guitar wafts through “Admit It” and “I Guess That She Left You,” a song about finding strength after divorce. “The ones that hook you hurt the most,” she sings. Let Sycamore Tryst serve as a guide for up-and-coming folk-pop artists who want to take their songcraft to a higher level. -- Heather Johnson, May 2003
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Sing Out!

Sycamore Tryst qualifies as much more than your typical singer-songwriter.
Good music is like a good story or movie: something is needed to keep the listener/reader/viewer interested. In music, you may have deep lyrics and state-of-the-art production, but unless you have evocative melodies and a few good hooks, the listener might just grow bored. Patti Witten knows this. She writes good singer-songwriter lyrics and Sycamore Tryst is full of super arrangements, but she's also interested in cutting a wider swath than your average New England poet with a guitar. Song after song, the melodies, warm vocals, and lovely choruses draw the listener into an emotional web of sound and words.

"What I Don't Tell You" opens with steady percussion and a nice guitar part before Witten begins her tale of love and desire. It's a nice opening, but there's really nothing to separate it from a hundred and one other competently written relationship songs. The difference, however, arrives on the chorus as the song takes an elegant dip with some seductive lyrics and a chord change that complicates the song's structure and gives Witten a chance to wring more emotion per line than your average songsmith.

Witten and her comrades pull off this trick again and again. The production mixes acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass and an occasional keyboard or pedal steel for a warm, dreamy sound. "Black Butterfly" floats lazily along a dense mesh of resonance, evoking sentiment musically as well as vocally, while "I Guess That She Left You" sketches poignant, slice-of-life details, the broken life of the one who's been left behind. Simply said, this is good stuff. With intelligent and fun songs, Sycamore Tryst qualifies as much more than your typical singer-songwriter.
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SpazzDoesMusic

Intriguing
OK, so why doesn't a singer, songwriter, performer like this get more recognition and public acclaim? Beats me! Maybe I should find comfort in the fact that music this great is not embraced by the masses. Patti's lyrics are intriguing and filled with straight up almost confession like truth and revealing emotion. The music is soulful and passionately compliments the expressions. Ms. Witten's voice is a delightful mix of the qualities of Joni Mitchel, Judy Collins, and Sandy Denny but distinctively her own. This CD is like a long intimate conversation with a trusted friend or not quite yet trusted romantic conquest. Her 2006 release "Tell the Wind" is just as good. Tryst? I'd be hard pressed not to carve my initials in the Sycamore.
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Bridge Guitar Reviews

Patti Witten knows to fully absorb a listener with spiritual journeys and intima
Patti Witten Sycamore Tryst 2004 I -Town Records

One of the most talented independent singer-songwriters is surely Patti Witten. Ten songs from Patti's first CD, the self-released Land Of Souvenirs, earned more than a dozen album awards. Her new album Sycamore Tryst was recorded on I-Town Records a cooperative society of independent bands and recording artists based in Ithaca, USA. Patti performs as well with her band Prairie Doll as solo.Songs from the CD have appeared in movies and TV.The thing what impresses one first is her natural talent in song-writing and the ability to create a fantastic ambiance with intimate ballads and the skills on her acoustic guitar as well the
impressive sound of her fascinating guitarist/ producer Rich DePaolo. Patti's voice is as best described as a mix between Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLaughlin.Yet Patti Witten has a very unique style and a own signature which meets easy the standards of above singers. Pop, rock and folk are the3 elements in her music,which are well- balanced presented in 13 outstanding compositions. Her texts are poems from deep inside which go deep under the surface, just as her laid back voice which is painting music in an intimate and entrancing setting. Patti Witten's
songs are solid, soothing, passionate and of a brilliant beauty. To just pick out a few songs which move one the most is not easy as the whole album its sound is perfect as well as the interaction between the marvellous musicians. What I Don't Tell You has a balanced melody with the energizing guitars of Rich DePaolo, just as Nine Days in Texas. Another Minute More has the typical Joni Mitchell approach,with the mystical and soulful sound. Patti Witten knows to fully absorb a listener with
spiritual journeys and intimate songs which are wrapped
in poetic nuanced texts.

Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews
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Iain in England

A literate, melodic and thoughtful album
I really enjoyed this album - Patti's singing and playing are great but the most striking element for me is the strength of her songwriting - her lyrics are poetic and evocative and framed by shimmering melodies. I really like all but one of the tracks here but for me the best showcase of her many skills is "Sunny Day In Terre Haute" which is a masterful blend of personal, spiritual and political elements. Highly recommended.
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