Forget overblown theatrics and hackneyed rock star poses and instead witness the undeniable power of a man taking the stage alone with his songs and conviction to spare. William Elliott Whitmore plays the kind of music - raw and seemingly untouched by pop culture - that has drawn young dissidents to folk music since before Dylan's time.
Like a young Billy Bragg, or his self-proclaimed hero Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, Whitmore's innate populism and unaffected sincerity resonate with the alienated and imaginative youth culture that surrounds punk, a scene that has embraced him. Honing his skills playing with Against Me, Converge, the Street Dogs, his beloved Pogues and Lucero among others, Whitmore has the ability to quiet a rowdy crowd with just a banjo, a true testament to his powerful voice and unique vision. Whitmore will be heading out to tour the West Coast with Florida's swampy folk punks Fake Problems for what are sure to be some raucous and inspiring shows.
William Elliott Whitmore North American Tour Dates
(with Fake Problems)
Apr-29 Portland, OR - Bottom of the Hill
Apr-30 San Louis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew
May-01 San Clemente, CA - OC Tavern
May-02 Los Angeles, CA - The Knitting Factory
May-03 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
May-04 Phoenix, AZ - Chyro Arts