You would be amazed at how many bands and singer-songwriters I’ve got to pore over before coming upon something I would even consider posting on Songs:Illinois. Now take those few bands and imagine the same process again to find something I was truly exited about writing about. Willy Gantrim is a troubadour that fits this later category. I haven’t heard anything this captivating (while admittedly a bit rough) since first hearing Frontier Ruckus, The Felice Brothers or even early Avett Brothers.
My Songs & Others is his new record (“others” meaning at least one cover – Hank Williams’ “Ramblin Man”) which came out on July 4th (quite fitting for this collection of songs that have at their heart that oddly American blend of folk, blues, and early jazz). Willy has a bunch of shows coming up in and around Brooklyn but if you’re lucky you’ll catch him in some doorway or other busking. Check out the new website that features this record as well as Will Gantrim’s debut Willy Gantrim Sings Country, Blues, And Ballads. Or if you’re the digital type check out his Bandcamp page here.
So here’s the song a “Brief Sigh” about the coming winter and the loneliness that will surely accompany it. He’s got more of a full band sound on this one that lends it a ragtime feel.