WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE Hymns For The Hopeless (2003)

Hymns For The Hopeless (2003)
…an album of rare artistic courage”

I’ll let
The All Music Guide explain why this guy is worth your time. “William Elliott Whitmore has the ancient sounding voice of an 80-year-old Appalachian moonshiner, and while he is yet to turn 30, his bleak and death-haunted tales are full of the kind of regrets that only a long life full of loss and struggle can validate. On Hymns For The Hopeless, his debut release, Whitmore mines a strip of narrow Americana that conjures Dock Boggs more than it does Ralph Stanley, and if this isn’t exactly the blues, well, it sure isn’t bluegrass, either. Actually, the simple, stark three-note melodies of Whitmore’s dirges sound more like church hymns than anything else, and his ragged crow-croak of a voice comes from a place where the blues and gospel first converged into country. This is timeless stuff, delivered in stark arrangements of just banjo or guitar, with occasional touches of junkyard percussion, and throughout there is Whitmore’s harrowing, convincing voice that sounds like it has crossed the River Styx and returned to preach to the living. In the end, this is an amazing debut, a country album that is as far from today’s hat acts as a hat can get, an album of rare artistic courage, one that faces death, embraces it, and comes out the other end in a gospel hoedown.” Amazon.

Cold And Dead (3:24)
Sometimes Our Dreams Float Like Anchors (5:02)
Does Me No Good (5:34)
Lord Only Knows (3:31)
Pine Box (5:29)
From The Cell Door To The Gallows (3:14)
Burn My Body (4:07)
Our Paths Will Cross Again (5:54)


  • Miles
    June 19, 2009 - 19:02 | Permalink

    Amazing and very powerful stuff here! My faith in the future of music is restored when something as honest and naked as this gets released. I look forward to investigating Whitmore further. Thanks so much for the introduction.

  • stuckinthe70s (steve)
    June 19, 2009 - 19:06 | Permalink

    ah! music to open a vein to. i'll enjoy trying this, thanks.

  • Anonymous
    June 20, 2009 - 14:45 | Permalink

    thanks for turning me onto this one…really enjoying this and who sez downloads don`t lead to sales..I`m going to buy everything I can find from Whitmore…

  • Capt. Willard
    November 6, 2009 - 14:39 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    October 15, 2011 - 09:44 | Permalink

    Sounds intriguing, and appropriately stark for fall. Thanks, Willard!

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