• Banjo ballads and scarred, rough punk riffs wring anthems of hard times and tough soil.

    — Austin Chronicle
  • The Iowa native makes bluegrass that works in a similar fashion to Bruce Springsteen’s world-weary Americana

    — AV Club
Hometown: 
Lee County, Iowa

William Elliott Whitmore is a singer-songwriter/banjoist/guitarist/drum-stompin’ solo act from Lee County, Iowa. He has released seven full-length albums that seamlessly meld country, blues, folk, and punk styles—spanning from 2003’s Hymns for the Hopeless (Southern Records) to 2015’s Radium Death (ANTI-) and 2018's Kilonova. His songs are haunting, rustic, powerful, and real–byproducts of living his entire life on the family farm, being involved in the hardcore-punk scene in the local community, and touring hard across the country.

The Lee County, Iowa-based singer-songwriter is a calming voice amongst chaos, the friend you call when you need advice, and the nine songs on his eighth album I'm With You are him working through a number of knotty spiritual equations posed by the cosmos.

A man armed only with a banjo and a bass drum can be a formidable force, especially if his name is William Elliott Whitmore. With his powerful voice and honest approach, Whitmore comes from the land, growing up on a family farm in Lee County, Iowa. Still living on the same farm today, Whitmore has truly taken the time to discover where his center lies, and from that he will not be moved.
 
Whitmore has consistently carved his own path, honoring the longstanding tradition of folk music throughout his nearly 20-year career, while always allowing his blues, soul, and punk rock influences to shine through. Getting his first break opening for his friend's hardcore band with just a banjo in hand, he would discover bands like The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, Lungfish, and Minutemen and soon learn to play his own brand of rural, roots music with that same DIY ethic.
 
William Elliott Whitmore has been back and forth across the United States and to cities around the world. He's toured with such diverse acts as Frank Turner, Trampled By Turtles, Clutch, Murder By Death and Chris Cornell, to name a few. He's appeared on some of the biggest stages around the world including Stagecoach, Byron Bluesfest (Australia) and End of the Road Fest (UK). His willingness to take his show to any playing field has proved invaluable as he turned strangers to diehards with every performance.

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