Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun \ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

Welcome to the Lagniappe Sessions. Over the past few months I’ve been working in conjunction with some of our favorite artists as they cut exclusive covers paying tribute to some of their favorite artists. Today we kick off the series with Iowan troubadour William Elliott Whitmore whose new LP, Field Songs, was released this week via Anti Records. Whitmore’s raw, evocative, voice and lyrical storytelling infuse the two selections below; his take on Johnny Cash’s “Five Feet High And Rising” and Red Meat’s “One Glass At A Time.“  Look for Whitmore touring North America this month in support of Field Songs.

MP3: William Elliott Whitmore :: Five Feet High And Rising (Johnny Cash)
MP3: William Elliott Whitmore :: One Glass At A Time (Red Meat)
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8 Responses to “Aquarium Drunkard: Lagniappe Sessions, William Elliott Whitmore”

  1. [...] young troubadour William Elliott Whitmore is the featured artist over at Aquarium Drunkard’s new “Lagniappe Sessions.” The word Lagniappe means “an extra or unexpected gift [...]

  2. Will! He could cover any band back in high school (the good ones, that is), and I was a big fan even back then, in good ol’ Lee County, Iowa :) I’ll have to see if I still have my homemade groupie shirt that Will and Clay signed!

  3. these are great; love WEW. cool series.

  4. This is great. Well done, clear recordings. Feels like N.O. to me.

  5. Bravo. I had no idea he had a new one out.

  6. WEW is an amazing performer! Caught his show last night in Buffalo, NY – my 5th time seeing him – and he never disappoints! Such raw and soulful talent – just pouring out of him, song after song. Thanks for recognizing him!

  7. [...] a new series over at Aquarium Drunkard, Whitmore respectfully preserves the song forms of both covers, keeping the focus on the stories [...]

  8. [...] Aquarium Drunkard, who posted the original link to this documentary, also celebrates William Elliot Whitmore’s new album Field Songs with a special session featuring two covers. [...]

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