On his forthcoming new album Field Songs, Iowa troubadour
William Elliott Whitmore documents a vanishing American
landscape with all the heartfelt soul and quiet fury one could
hope for. “Heartland firebrand blows fuse, fights for truth"
heralded Spin Magazine when describing Whitmore, who
utilizes a powerful singing voice beyond his years and a
stark dramatic sound rooted in bluegrass, blues and folk
protest music. The new songs vividly evoke a life of
struggle, humble resilience and family bond inspired by life
on his family’s farm along the Mississippi River. Whitmore
has made a name for himself both within the punk
movement, where his populism and sincerity resonate with
alienated urban kids, and the roots community, where
writers like Andy Downing in the Chicago Tribune have
placed him within the “new pastoralism” of Bon Iver and
the Fleet Foxes.