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On Field Songs, William Elliot Whitmore sounds like he worked the land during the day and then created these songs alone around a campfire at night — which could very well be true. Living on the same Iowa farm where he grew up, he comes by this perspective honestly. He’s clearly inspired by his surroundings and this stripped-down and quietly forceful album is deeply rooted in its own sense of place. Field recordings of birds and crickets can even be heard on several tracks. His deep, husky voice — a thundering instrument that makes him sound twice his age — is more subdued than usual this time around, and this restraint underscores a stoic resolve to recognize beauty despite difficult circumstances. These are social songs with stark and honest lyrics about life, death, weathering tough times, and the merits of honest labor for clearing the mind and fueling creativity. Accompanied by just guitar, banjo, and the occasional kick drum he intertwines social and historical viewpoints into his stories to create songs with both intensely personal and universal themes. A moving work of raw and rustic power.

Customer Reviews

WEW RIdes Again!!!

It's very difficult to categorize William Elliott Whitmore. He is Alternative, Punk, Hillbilly, and Country/Alt Country, as well as very current with the times, all rolled in one big beautiful thing.... His voice is like a golden laced gravel road with all paths leading to summer. This album reminds me of heading out west kick'n up road heat and dust in an loyal but rusted truck... His body of work is phenomenal! For a relatively unknown artist to most, his work far outshines most of the current contemporary standards of music out there. Seeing this guy live is nothing less than an extraordinary, one of a kind experience, an simply just a good time as well. I recommend WEW to everyone I meet. There is no reason this great talent, and guy won't one day be as legendary as Johnny Cash, or Henry Rollins depending on which way you sway in your music scope...'Field Songs' only adds to the great arsenal Mr Whitmore has established, and with each new album, the songwriting gets better and better... So toast your glass to a fantastic performer and musician, get on the road and see him, and enjoy another incredible album...if you are a fan of music....get them all...you will not be disappointed! I thought Punk was dead, after seeing his shows, and past the line of distinction, I realized it just has been re-imagined. Nice work Will!

Shining Star

Southeast Iowa's bright star shines again!!!! WEW you are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you many times over for continuing our story. Keep up the good work.

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Didn't even listen to it yet but it is always amazing!!!! Johnny Brendas Philly July 22nd

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a voice that sounds like the reincarnation of an old gospel preacher from the 1920s and a fascination with sin, death, and redemption to match, William Elliott Whitmore is one of the most unique artists to emerge on the Americana scene in years. The son of a farmer, Whitmore was raised on a horse farm on the banks of the Mississippi River outside of Keokuk, Iowa. His songs have a stark universality that is sketched out with minimal instrumentation, usually just a banjo or guitar and a smattering...
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