Whetherman is the moniker of 31-year-old Nicholas Williams, who has released six full-length albums of “Sunny, soulful folk music that is irresistible” (Indie Music Reviewer) since 2007, most recently the critically-acclaimed ‘Seeds for Harvest’ in April of this year. BBC Radio praises his latest release as “Completely beautiful… An absolute delight to the ears.” The songs display soulful vocals, percussive acoustic guitar, rolling harmonica and earnest lyrics creating his timeless apple-pie Americana sound.
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 touring 180 shows a year in over 40 states across the US since 2012, as well as performing throughout the UK and Western Europe on his own. He is completely independent from management, agencies or contracts, taking a grassroots approach and living the music he’s created. In this way, he’s opened for acclaimed acts such as The Wailers, The Wood Brothers, Howie Day, Kim Richey, Donavon Frankenreiter, Anders Osbourne and Town Mountain among many others.
Living on the road for the better part of the last four years, his surroundings have secured songs of conviction, poetry and resonance of nature. The end product has become a type of easy-listening that lifts the spirits and feeds the soul, akin to the likes of Ray Lamontagne or Van Morrison’s early recordings.
A large part of the sound behind his two most recent albums, is a six-member group that takes nothing away from the artfully established singer-songwriter presence, yet providing an eclectic array of highlights. The cast includes: Rachel Murray (Vocals), JP Salvat (Percussion), Alex Hayward (Drums), Adam Mantovani (Upright Bass), Drew Matulich (Mandolin/Fiddle/Guitar) and Eric Brigmond (Keys).
You can find Whetherman on iTunes and Bandcamp, as well as streaming on Pandora Radio and Spotify.