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Gig Alert: William Elliott Whitmore

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

William Elliot Whitmore
"Field Song"

Playing Tuesday at the Mercury Lounge
(217 E. Houston Street, East Village)
Info: Tickets ($10) | Directions

On his latest album, William Elliot Whitmore takes you out to his farm in Lee County, Iowa. Aptly titled Field Songs, the album is alive with the cricket and bird chirping of field recordings, stark banjo twangs and a bass drum. The singer songwriter describes the eight tracks on the album as one long story to be taken in on the porch after a long day of digging in the dirt.

And that’s just what he's done over the better part of his 33 years. The self-proclaimed “Son of the Soil” has been doing carpentry, shoveling horse manure and working on the family farm where his family raised wild birds between the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers.

Although Whitmore still calls his family farm home, he hasn't spent every night under the stars. In the past decade, Whitmore has released eight albums and has toured with The Pogues, Clutch and Murder By Death, among others.

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