JPR Live Session: Whetherman
Whetherman is the moniker of 31-year-old Nicholas Williams, who has released six full-length albums of soulful folk music, 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, DonavonFrankenreiter, 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.