Cornfed Iowa boy, William Elliott Whitmore is a man well in tune with the lands that surround him as he proves on his fifth album, 2011's Field Songs.
His gnarled gravely voice provides the backbone of the songwriting with plenty of soul and a sense of authenticity. Using only a guitar and banjo (with the occasional barely audible footstomping) Whitmore scales back the lyrical heaviness of death and desperation as heard on his earlier records. His message is simple: you gotta trudge through the shit to enjoy what you got.
5 chirping birds out of 5