William Elliott Whitmore (from the album Kilonova available on Bloodshot Records)
William Elliott Whitmore escorts Folk music down a musical rabbit hole on his recent release, Kilonova. The album is slightly different than his previous six full length release, Kilonova the voice and guitar/banjo/drum-stomper of William Elliott Whitmore, the songs culled from the influences that have been a personal soundtrack to the songwriter. Giving credit where due, William Elliott Whitmore recounts in the liner notes that ‘I didn’t write these songs, but I enjoy playing and singing them. I hope you enjoy listening’. Each story is set on its own stage as Kilonova offers a Hunter S. Thompson-style ramble on ragged Woody strums with Bad Religion’s “Don’t Pray on Me”, lets a single voice relate stories of sins in Dock Boggs’ “Country Blues”, uses banjo rhythm to set the pace for Jimmie Driftwood’s “Run Johnny Run”, and sets adrift thunderclouds of psychedelia that burst, raining down on Captain Beefheart’s “Bat Chain Puller”.
The music of Johnny Cash is tributed with “Five Foot High and Rising”, hard times are recalled with Harlan Howard’s ”Busted”, loneliness sits in the dark of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”, and a groove rumbles like an engine purr in ZZ Top’s “Hot Blue and Righteous”. Kilonova offers a DIY guide to get rid of heartache in Red Meat’s “One Glass at a Time” while William Elliott Whitmore shares feelings of a knee-jerk reaction to tracks with Magnetic Fields “Fear of Trains”.
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