Christopher Denny – If The Roses Don’t Kill Us – Aug 5

by Woody on May 8, 2014

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I have been waiting for this for what seems like forever. Even since Partisan Records PR Guru, Shira Knishkowy suggested I see Christopher Denny at SXSW in 2013; I have been anxiously awaiting his album. But for all my impatience, it is nothing considered to the path that has led Denny to this point.

Denny has been battling addictions for a stretch of time that has led to the delay of his Partisan debut. Partisan Records founder Chris Putnam has this to say about Denny, “I saw Chris perform in the back of a club in New York in 2006. He had the kind of timeless, ethereal voice you seldom hear. There’s a sad, beautiful rhythm and poetry in his music that’s hard to wrap my head around. When I started the label, I searched him out and we made an album in upstate NY with versions of some of the songs on Roses. Chris was a mess. Although the album had some incredible moments, it was put aside. Chris went on a massive personal decline and we lost contact. In 2010, when he was putting his life back together, he got in touch. He was in recovery and we made If The Roses Don’t Kill Us. In the process, Chris and his music experienced a rebirth.”

Denny’s voice has a beautiful warble to it and you’ll easily be reminded of Roy Orbison. I have had the pleasure of seeing him live twice and both were wonderful performances. The lead track, Our Kind of Love features Erika Wennerstrom of The Heartless Bastards and its every bit as good as you would imagine.

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Christopher Denny is here

Heartless Bastards are here. Our sessions with Heartless Bastards are here and here

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