Denison Witmer’s self-titled Asthmattic Kitty debut drops later this month, and as a precursor, the label has released Witmer’s cover of “Asa” by Bryan Webb (The Constantines). Webb originally wrote the song for his son, who just so happens to have the same name as Witmer’s son. As a result, the song took on some deep significance for Witmer — he explains, “My wife and I listened to the song over and over again as we held Asa on the night he was born, and the song has a great deal of meaning for me.” — and hence, this cover.
Even though he may not have written “Asa,” Witmer does a fine job of making it “his,” imbuing it with his characteristic hushed and dreamy sound. Or, as he puts it, “Even though I’m not much of a cover artist, I knew as soon as I heard this song that I wanted to include it on my next album. I knew I could sing it with conviction and personal honesty.”
Denison Witmer will be released on April 30. Also available from the album: “Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister.”