William Elliott Whitmore is a singer-songwriter, banjoist and guitarist from Lee County, Iowa. His songs are haunting, rustic, powerful, and real—byproducts of living his entire life on the family farm, being involved in the punk scene in the local community, and touring across the United States. 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. Lauded for his “confident and energizing” style by Pitchfork and “authentically rural” music by PopMatters, Whitmore is one of Iowa’s premier songwriters, sporting a uniquely urgent and transportive sound.
His six full-length albums seamlessly meld country, blues, folk and punk styles—spanning from 2003’s Hymns for the Hopeless (Southern Records) to 2015’s Radium Death (ANTI-). His seventh album Kilonova (2018) is different from everything else in his catalog, a collection of 10 cover songs from artists who have influenced his prolific career. He has shared the stage with acts as diverse as Frank Turner, Trampled By Turtles, Clutch and Chris Cornell. Having appeared on some of the biggest stages around the world including Stagecoach Fest, Byron Bluesfest (Australia) and End of the Road Fest (UK), Whitmore’s music has captivated audiences far and wide.