Listen to Denison Witmer’s Lovely Cover of Bryan Webb’s “Asa”

Even though he may not have written “Asa,” Witmer does a fine job of making it “his.”
Denison Witmer

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.”


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