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Land of Souvenirs

Patti Witten

Poetic folk-pop in the tradition of Joni Mitchell. 10 songs from this CD won awards including grand prize in the Great American Song Contest.

DIGITAL on CD Baby, also iTunes, Rhapsody, eMuisc, and many others.

Patti Witten's powerful and emotional folk-rock debut Land Of Souvenirs made an impact with its vivid stories of love, loss and redemption.

Ten tracks from this CD earned honors in international and regional contests including grand prize in the Great American Song Contest ("Change of Heart Church Choir"), and awards from Billboard Song Contest, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

"In a voice that brings to mind Joni Mitchell, Witten inflects her tunes with a disarming mixture of soft-spoken fragility and raw, throaty seductiveness . . . Witten has a poet's ability to clearly and beautifully articulate her particular view of the world." (Rambles)

Patti also fronts Prairie Doll, a 4-piece roots-rock band. Their 6-song mini CD is here on CD Baby, as well ass Patti's other CDs, Sycamore Tryst and Tell The Wind.

LAND OF SOUVENIRS credits: Produced by Rich DePaolo Patti Witten (vocal, acoustic guitar) Rich DePaolo (bass, electric and acoustic guitars, tiple, harmonium and alto mandolin) Bill King (drums) Jennie Stearns and The Burns Sisters (vocal harmony)

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Tell The Wind

Patti Witten

Poetic Acoustic-Folk-Pop, like the love child of Aimee Mann and Chris Isaak. Rosanne Cash says, “Patti's new record is beautiful, her voice is so radiant, and the writing is better than ever.”

PERFORMING SONGWRITER TOP 12 DIY: “Patti Witten's new record, Tell the Wind, deserves an A for astute, artistic and ambitious... Tell the Wind is music for your mind, heart and soul - tell everyone we told you so.”

MAVERICK COUNTRY & ROOTS UK: 4 STARS “Quality singer-songwriter fare not to be missed... Tell The Wind is one amazing record. Seek it out and be amazed.”

Tell The Wind's nine original songs by Witten are augmented with a Beatlesque-pop acoustic version of "Dandelion," the Rolling Stones 1967 flower-power single. Opening with the up-tempo "Encircled," the album shifts through moods to the darker "Almost Just As Good," the sultry "Obvious" and the breezy cover of "Dandelion," to the folk gospel of the title track. Artfully layered arrangements feature Patti’s smoky-sweet voice and acoustic guitar over producer Rich DePaolo's acoustic and electric guitar, bass, even toy piano. Subtle drums (Bill King) combine well with pedal steel guitar (Robert Powell) on the standout "No More Crying," and shimmering electric guitar from Robby Aceto (ex Tom Tom Club) backbones the closing track, "April Fool."

In the late 1990s Patti was inspired by workshops with Rosanne Cash and now it's hard to find a song contest or honor that she hasn't won. Ten songs from Land Of Souvenirs, her 1999 self-released debut, won awards in songwriting competitions, including Grand Prize in the Great American Song Contest. Patti continued to work with friend, band mate, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rich DePaolo, releasing a six-song EP named for their band, Prairie Doll, in 2000, followed by Sycamore Tryst in 2003. In all, songs from Patti's CDs have earned more than thirty honors and awards from a list of international and regional competitions, and have appeared in several network TV shows and independent films.

Rosanne Cash even wrote liner notes for Sycamore Tryst, saying, "I was struck from the first verse I ever heard her play. She is a gifted, original songwriter who delivers her songs with a clarity and strength that are quite rare."

Patti's CDs are all here on CD Baby and downloads are available from iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic and more.

DISCOGRAPHY Tell The Wind (2007) Sycamore Tryst (2003) Prairie Doll (2000) band Land of Souvenirs (1999)

Website: www.pattiwitten.com

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Prairie Doll

Patti Witten & Prairie Doll

Perhaps a lightly sweetened Lucinda Williams. Hooky songs, driving grooves and large doses of poetry.

This 6-song EP captures a mostly live-in-the-studio one-day session recorded in the summer of 2000 (see Patti Witten's solo CDs "Sycamore Tryst" and "Land Of Souvenirs").

"Patti Witten sounds quite a bit like Joni Mitchell in rock mode," writes Michael Devlin, Music Matters Review. "She has that rare quality of being able to rock convincingly without pushing or raising the volume. Although this is an EP, there is a full album's worth of favorite tunes."

Along with songwriting credits, Witten handles acoustic guitar and lead vocal. Rich DePaolo is on electric guitar, Doug Robinson plays bass and Bill King covers drums. Rich DePaolo has performance and studio production credits including Donna The Buffalo, Jennie Stearns, and the Burns Sisters. Bassist Doug Robinson has played with Martin Simpson, Bob Brozman, the Burns Sisters, and Tom Paxton, and with Simpson, Darroll Anger and Shelly Phillips on a PBS-TV documentary soundtrack. Drummer Bill King has worked with Hank Roberts, Douglas September and the Boston Pops.

Track 6, "Call The Angels," was selected for "The World Will Remember," the Sept. 11 benefit CD compilation from CD Baby artists. Rambles says, "Call The Angels' is, for me, the best offering ... a song I can totally identify with, remembrances of all those who've gone ahead of us, wishing you could have that last conversation, to say the things you never got a chance to say, or didn't say when you did have time." Go find it now.

Get this CD in the for only $5 when you buy three CDs from the $5 special gallery. Profits will still be donated to the Red CRoss.

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