Denison Witmer is set to make his Asthmatic Kitty debut with his ninth album, titled The Ones Who Wait, on March 6. It was originally released in a limited quantity on Mono vs. Stereo last year, but Asthmatic Kitty took over the wide-release for the album.
A press release for the album said it “is an intimate reflection on the meandering path of life, on family and friendships, on death balanced with new life, on endings and beginnings.”
The Ones Who Wait started as a collaboration between Witmer and producer/ engineer Devin Greenwood who originally started working on an EP. But production for the songs came to a halt when Witmer’s father, who was diagnosed with cancer, started to get sicker, and Whitmer dedicated his time to his father instead of music.
“Those are months that I would never trade for anything,” Witmer said. “I stopped making music. I stopped doing everything. I just spent time with him.”
Witmer’s father died a few months later, and the songwriter spent time grieving with his family. It was after this that the songwriter returned to the studio with a new outlook, and his EP of songs with Greenwood turned into an album.
The album includes CJ Camerieri (Bon Iver, Rufus Wainwright), Devin Greenwood (Norah Jones, Amos Lee), James McAllister (Sufjan Stevens), Charles Staub (Melody Gardot) and Rosie Thomas. Asthmatic Kitty expects to release a second part of the album this summer.
In other news, Witmer will hit the road in support of the album starting in February in Ann Arbor, Mich. You can check out Witmer’s website here, and see his tour dates below.
9 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
10 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Great Hall
12 - Quebec @ Le Cercle
13 - Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rossa
14 - South Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
16 - Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
17 - Boston, Mass. @ Royale
18 - New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
19 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Cafe Live
20 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Rex Theater
22 - Rochester, N.Y. @ Water Street Music Hall
23 - Washington, D.C. @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
8 - San Diego, Calif. @ Anthology
9 - West Hollywood, Calif. @ Troubadour
10 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
12 - Fresno, Calif. @ Neighborhood Cafe
15 - Eugene, Ore. @ W.O.W. Hall
16 - Portland, Ore. @ Mississippi Studios
17 - Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore Cabaret
18 - Seattle, Wash. @ The Triple Door
21 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
24 - Denver, Colo. @ Swallow Hill Music Association
27 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Cedar Cultural Center
29 - Madison, Wis. @ Majestic Theater
30 - Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
31 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Firebird