KEXP Video of the Week: William Elliott Whitmore

Chris Strong

Chris Strong

When you first hear the world-weary and time-worn music of William Elliott Whitmore, you won’t believe that he’s merely 31 years old. Though far younger than his voice suggests, Whitmore has lived and seen more than many twice his age, and his music balances the experience of touring and traveling with more homegrown notions learned on the Lee County, Iowa, farm where he’s spent much of his life. It’s Whitmore’s constant blending of old and new that makes his music so unique, just as his heavily tattooed arms reveal a musical history grown as much from hardcore punk as from folk and blues. In this session, William Elliott Whitmore performed five new songs from his recent release, Animals In The Dark on Anti- Records, and talked about the inspiration behind it. You can watch three videos from the session here and download one more, of “Old Devils,” by subscribing to KEXP’s Video of the Week podcast.

Hell Or High Water:


Hard Times & interview:


Lifetime Underground:

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One Comment

  1. Bill
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    William Elliott Whitmore, is one of the worlds best.. Having grown up with Will in Lee County Iowa and went through school with him, I have to say his music even touches me. You know I saw him before he went over sea’s this last time and we talked awhile, and Everyone here is proud of him.. I know i had to leave a short story about will,. Myself and my wife were having trouble and it was several of his songs that not only helped keep my sanity while driving a semi, but helped me realize that there is more to life than just money, and power. Growing up with Will and coming from the same location just a mere mile of ground spit where i was raised and where he was but Will is so much more in touch with the world that I was at the time. It is amazing even though you may both come from the same area that one of you is clueless and the other is very wise to things going on.

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