Leading with the single, “What Am I Supposed to Think?” addressing concerns over Trump’s tweets, Whetherman announces the June 16 album release of This Land. Guised under the Whetherman moniker,Nicholas Williams’s nomadic folk is sprinkled with societal commentary about the current state of American affairs and the more grounded nature of day to day relationships.
Take one seasoned, bucolic folk artist and mix him with the easy-listening likes of Ray Lamontagne, crossed with all the poetic feels of Bob Dylan’s early recordings. You might find an end product embodying the emerging genre Americana, celebrating the sounds and songs of multiple walks of life and backgrounds across the land of the United States. You might find someone that’s been working tirelessly for the last decade, rediscovering himself in his music and expanding the reach of true Americana.
Enter Whetherman, the music of 32 year-old independent troubadour Nicholas Williams, who has self-produced eight full-length albums of soulful folk music, with a highly anticipated new record This Land releasing in June of 2017. Over the last decade, Williams has artfully bridged the gap between American-made sounds spanning folk, blues, country, soul, and bluegrass with a timeless tinge, earning his keep amongst the vast pool of talent in the singer-songwriter genre. His songs aim at the heart center, emboldened by the moral struggles of modern man with earnest and poetic lyrics that accompany infectiously melodic vocals, under the current of percussive guitar and rolling harmonica. These factors all contribute towards an effervescent, rustic sound that is all his own.
Sonicbids, the world’s leading DIY resource for independent musicians, featured Williams for their article on “Success Stories - How to Make It as a DIY One-Man Band: Advice from Whetherman” as he’s been performing 150 shows a year in over 40 states across the US since 2011, as well as touring throughout the UK and Western Europe. Living on the road for the better part of the last five years, his surroundings have secured songs of poetry, with a resonance of nature, and Williams has remained completely independent from labels and management, having taken a grassroots approach to spread the songs he's created.
Williams has had the opportunity to open for acclaimed acts such as Taj Mahal, The Wood Brothers, The Wailers, Howie Day, Kim Richey, Donavon Frankenreiter, Anders Osbourne among many others. BBC Radio Norfolk called his last studio album Seeds for Harvest “Completely beautiful. An absolute delight to the ears.”
For his new record This Land, Williams again was at the forefront of the production and engineering process alongside Gene O’Neil and Alex Hayward at Chromatic Studios in Jacksonville, Florida. Members of The Whetherman Band are also featured in JP Salvat (percussion), Adam Mantovani (Upright Bass), Alex Hayward (Drums), Eric Brigmond (Keys), as well as some new faces in Arvid Smith (Dobro, Pedal Steel) and Dayna Osan (Violin).
Currently, Williams is preparing to tour throughout US in support of the new album from Spring until Winter. You can find Whetherman on iTunes and Bandcamp, as well as streaming on Pandora Radio and Spotify.
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"The harmonica-adorned 'What Am I Supposed To Think' is below, a simple and direct folk tune that saunters along charmingly."
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"Completely beautiful, a delight to the ears."
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