Live Review, 9/29/12: William Elliott Whitmore Keeps it Simple at Slim's

William Elliott Whitmore
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Better than: Drinking actual moonshine.

The world that William Elliott Whitmore inhabits is one of dirt roads and wooden shacks and vast fields and howling dogs and rushing rivers and moonshine. His voice is so seeped in grit and struggle and resilience and well whiskey that it's quite impossible not to submerge yourself in his compelling storytelling from the get-go tonight. This would be a wonderful show based merely on the setlist (half of which is improvised or requested by the audience), but what makes it all the more special is that this dark-souled master of folksy blues balladry has a surprisingly humorous personality.

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