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WATCH: Ed Romanoff, ‘Without You’

Feb 5, 2018

Artist: Ed Romanoff with Kenneth Pattengale
Hometown: Hamden, CT
Song: “Without You”
Album: The Orphan King
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Label: PineRock Records

In Their Words: “‘Without You’ happened when I first moved to New York. My girlfriend at the time, it turns out, had not only been cheating on me, but may have also sold my financial information to a gang. I got pulled off a plane by the DEA in D.C. where they told me I was the victim of identity theft. So, that was the last straw, and I moved to New York. That first night, I was sitting in the corner of a dark, empty apartment in the city and picked up the guitar.

Kenneth [Pattengale] entered the picture at the studio, and we did an old-timey set up, recording vocals and instruments on one mic, and in one take. Kenneth’s playing is so intricate and dangerous and borderline out of control, I felt like I was just hanging on, when we started recording. But that’s exactly how I was feeling when I wrote the song, so it really worked. Kenneth is one of the most knowledgeable people on the most varied amount of topics you’ll ever meet.” — Ed Romanoff


Photo credit: Shervin Lainez

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