Denison Witmer remembers his home on "Lancaster County" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

With his first song since American Foursquare in May, Denison Witmer released the “Lancaster County” last week on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty record label. The track is a sprawling ode (in Witmer’s own words, “a folk inspired country rock anthem”) to the Pennsylvania region where the singer/songwriter calls home. The new song is deeply emotional, opening with Witmer wondering “Was I born into you? / Were you born into me?”

“Lancaster County” began as a cut track from the American Foursquare recording sessions, before Witmer decided to expand on the existing demo. Jessica Dobson of Deep Sea Diver contributed guitar to the song, unfurling as a searing solo about halfway through.

Jessica is the best guitarist I know — she can play anything really well — and I thought it would be fun to experiment with a live recording of this song. I usually write and record in isolation, so the opportunity to play in a band setting is always exciting. I love feeling/hearing the songs become something new in other people’s talents and headspace.

Purchase Denison Witmer’s “Lancaster County” here.

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