Monday, August 29, 2011

Does Me No Good

This is an old one, but a good one. Recorded during a Daytrotter session in 2006, "Does Me No Good," by William Elliott Whitmore, shines as an ode to the origins of folk and bluegrass. I've talked briefly about Whitmore and one of my favorite songs, "Dry," before (posted below again for your hearing pleasure), but thought I would share another one of his hidden gems. Don't expect to like this song if you're not a fan of smoky voices, sole banjo picking, and deep meaning, because that's all that Whitmore is about.

Does Me No Good - William Elliott Whitmore

One of the most underrated folk artists around, Whitmore has also one of the most powerful and soulful voices not just in his genre, but in the entire musical spectrum. When I first heard him, I immediately pictured an elderly man sporting a bushy, white beard; my dad guessed a sixty year old African-American. The common factor: both interpretations of Whitmore involve old age, a rocking chair, and a huge amount of soulful wisdom. Well, substract a few years, 30 to be exact, and we were almost right. Regardless of his appearance, however, Whitmore delivers songs in an extremely simple, yet emotional manner. If you love folk, you'll love this guy. I suggest you sit back in your rocker, strum the air-banjo, and relax with William Elliott Whitmore.

Dry - William Elliott Whitmore

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