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2020
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$10.95

I'm With You

William Elliott Whitmore's first original album since 2015's Radium Death (ANTI-)

Deluxe LP is grass green marble; LP includes digital download.

Aided by his world-weary voice, country-baked banjo and hard-strummed guitar, Whitmore widens the horizon of his True North folksongs and twangy punked-up country.

The Lee County, Iowa-based singer-songwriter is a calming voice amongst chaos, the friend you call when you need advice, and these nine songs are him working through a number of knotty spiritual equations posed by the cosmos.

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On his eighth full-length album I’m With You, William Elliott Whitmore takes a steely gaze through a foggy existence to see a clearer version of himself. Instead of focusing on the murky complexities of the greater world, the punk rock preacher-meets-pastoral philosopher widens the horizon of his True North folksong, navigating a path through life’s profound and deep-rooted intricacies. I’m With You is his first album of original material since 2015’s Radium Death (ANTI-) and follows his 2018 covers album, Kilonova.

Aided by his world-weary voice, country-baked banjo and hard-strummed guitar, Whitmore takes an inventory of ego, family, friends, life lessons, death, ripple effect, creativity, and emotion. And like most lessons worth learning, I’m With You isn’t always clean and simple. “MK Ultra Blues” is about what can happen when a nation makes decisions out of fear, “Put It To Use” is the singer’s interpretation of wisdom he’s drawn from the dead, “History” details how the past informs our future. Now more than ever, these reflections could be the songwriter’s most affecting legacy.

Through impassioned and personal stories, Whitmore’s creative blend invites the listener into his familiar world. “Put It To Use” combines a driving banjo strum, bass drum stomp, and lilting violin drone to shake the dirt from the farmhouse floorboards. In other moments—“My Mind Can Be Cruel To Me” and “Black Iowa Dirt”—twangy punked-up country punches right through the mix, leading the listener into the sweaty crowd of electric, spirited, smoky clubs where WEW has held court since his debut album in 2003. In “Save Ourselves” and “I’m Here” one can hear the imperfections of nature and the passage of time from those long, homesick highways—a rural and gruff soulfulness, a rhythmic limp, a hitch over notes. 

The themes of I’m With You are an extension of a two-decade career in which Whitmore has become defined by a probing mind, steady hand and level-headed approach. The Lee County, Iowa-based singer-songwriter is a calming voice amongst chaos, the friend you call when you need advice, and these nine songs are him working through a number of knotty spiritual equations posed by the cosmos. 

 

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    — Glide Magazine
  • Manages to combine Merle Haggard and Mike Watt pretty seamlessly... equally at home in the Americana music halls and the dive bar honky-tonks

    — Little Village Magazine
  • I’m With You is earnest and forthright, realistic yet hopeful, all with a respectful hat tip and glass raised toward country’s storied past.

    — No Depression
  • I’m With You mixes roots music with punk rock energy, and the result reflects tradition while being very much of our present-day world.

    — Lyric Magazine (UK)
  • His songs are personal, reflective and earnest. I’m With You doesn’t just have nine new, folk ballads. It has nine new stories that cover everything from Iowa pride and farming to LSD and the mysteries of life.

     
    — Scene Point Blank
  • Whitmore's singular voice and words of wisdom echo well after the album ends. It leaves you wishing you could pull up a chair at that veritable kitchen table and let him hold court over some beers for a few hours.

    — Country Standard Time
  • I’m With You is Whitmore’s first album of new material in five years, though its material wouldn’t sound out of place alongside his early songs... His banjo and guitar are central to the album’s sound, while his raspy singing voice remains an effective tool at getting his point across.

    — The Bluegrass Situation

Track List

  1. Put It to Use
  2. Solar Flare
  3. My Mind Can Be Cruel to Me
  4. MK Ultra Blues
  5. History
  6. Everything We Need
  7. Save Ourselves
  8. I’m Here
  9. Black Iowa Dirt
 

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