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William Elliott Whitmore – ashes to dust

Posted on: August 8, 2010

Though William Elliott Withmore has yet to reach 30, with his gravelly voice he can sing with dignity about themes of mortality, loss and redemption. The guy has definitively a singing voice you normally would expect from older men.  With his stripped-down instrumentation of banjo and guitar – occasionally augmented by a bare-bones band – William Elliott Whitmore taps into the most primal themes of inescapable death and unforgivable sin. And you will ask yourself why this man with a banjo can silence your voice and goosebump your skin. He’s not pushing the boundaries of his chosen genre. But there’s something arresting in Will’s love for this old music, his love and respect for the genre give the songs a magic feeling. I can sit on my balcony in the noisy metropolis (at least the people living here think it is an important metropolis), close my eyes and imagine sitting on William´s farm in Iowa.

Diggin my grave.

Though he has yet to reach 30, his gravelly voice; themes of mortality, loss, and redemption
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