Release Date: Feb 17, 2009
Record label: Anti
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Folk
William Elliott Whitmore is a bit of an anomaly. He’s got the slim, tattooed body of a punk rocker and the voice of a 90-year old black bluesman. He’s a musician who has toured with the likes of Murder By Death and opened for the Pogues, but off the road he spends his days as a horse farmer in Iowa. His previous album, Song of the Blackbird, was something of a concept album, telling the story of Lee County, as it shifts from drought to flood.
I have tons of respect for William Elliott Whitmore. Over the course of three releases for Southern Records he poured his heart and soul into a crop of songs (mostly) about the loss of both parents. He has toured with everyone from the Pogues and Murder by Death to Clutch and Ten Grand. In some of those situations it has to be intimidating to be the guy who easily blends into the crowd at the show and then walks up on stage with nothing more than a banjo in hand.