William Elliott Whitmore’s new record, Songs Of The Blackbird, will be released in August by Southern Records. I’m happy to bring you this exclusive first look from this Songs:Illinois favorite (here). It’s not like the new record sounds drastically different from his earlier work (in fact there’s been a recent re-emergence of writing on his earlier records here and here). I mean there’s not much you can do with his amazing and powerfull voice. But at least on “The Chariot” there’s a fuller instrumental sound as his acoustic guitar and banjo have been fleshed out with piano, drums, bass and most importantly organ.
I’m sure it’s no accident that William’s music often conjures up names from the past (Hank Williams, Johnny Cash et al). On “The Chariot” William references Johnny Cash’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as he sings “and the circle was broke before I could speak and now all my faith is gone.” You can get this now here as an import or pre-order it here from Amazon.