William Elliot Whitmore
Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he flawlessly conveys through his second Southern Records release, “Ashes To Dust”. With a voice that sounds decades older than he is and full of emotional depth, William again delivers his unique signature style. While comparisons to the gravely voice of Tom Waits and the lyrical story telling of Johnny Cash fly throughout reviews of William’s music, all agree that this Iowan is onto something more than just regenerating the music of the past. Perhaps one of the reasons can be found in the instrumentation William uses in recording his songs, relying mostly on the basics while allowing his vocal delivery to provide a true sense of rural being. It is also heard in his lyrics that recount personal stories of death, love found and then lost, and life lessons learned. With live performances of a caliber to leave one completely stunned in silence, and an album full of songs not only from the heart but also from the heartland, William Elliott Whitmore’s music is one of the most interesting contributions to today’s diverse collection of musical ingenuity.