My Morning Jacket

Off-Topic => Other Music => Topic started by: johnnYYac on Apr 24, 2018, 05:01 PM

Title: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Apr 24, 2018, 05:01 PM
My newest obsession is a local supergroup, Middle Western. Co-fronted by William Elliot Whitmore (https://www.williamelliottwhitmore.com/home/) (bass/vocals) and David Zollo (http://davezollo.com/) from here in Iowa City (keyboards/vocals), this 5-piece evokes The Wallflowers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Band, Little Feat, and countless other influences.

https://www.facebook.com/MiddleWestern1/

https://twitter.com/middlewestern1?lang=en

I can only find one live video, from last year.




Here's audio of the track "Help Me" from their debut album, When Your Demons Are Underground and You've Got To Dig Them Up.




The album is great, but the vinyl pressing of 200 sold out online and is only available at shows. CD may be out soon. Tour is also limited to Iowa, except for a date in Chicago.

4/14 Iowa City,IA at Gabe’s - I was at this amazing album release show, historic!
5/18 Dubuque, IA at Dubuque Fest
5/19 Des Moines at Wooly’s (https://www.woolysdm.com/event/1637076-middle-western-william-des-moines/) - I'll be there, and it falls on my birthday!
6/16 Cedar Rapids at Indian Creek Nature Center (http://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2337552&OrgKey=3421) - hoping to bring the whole family
6/29 Chicago, IL at Reggie’s
7/14 Lone Tree, IA at Camp Euforia
8/11 Lone Tree, IA at Flat Black Studio’s Grey Area - waiting for details...
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Apr 24, 2018, 05:03 PM
Album reviews.

http://littlevillagemag.com/album-review-middle-western-when-your-demons-are-underground-and-youve-got-to-dig-them-up/

https://vocalsontop.com/2018/03/27/250-word-album-review-middle-western-when-your-demons-are-under-ground-and-youve-got-to-dig-them-up/

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Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Apr 24, 2018, 05:07 PM
Daytrotter session!

http://www.daytrotter.com/middle-western/futureappletree-march-03-2017.html

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/871/40788086425_77bdbc3799_c.jpg)

Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: MMJTX on Apr 24, 2018, 05:12 PM
I dig it!
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on May 26, 2018, 01:10 AM
I got the band's permission to put their album on YouTube while they're pressing more vinyl and CDs. If you like it, there's a link to Will Whitmore's webstore. Only CD presale is up at the moment.

I've got 2 copies left of 5 botched CDs to give away to the next two people who ask for one. The first run of CDs has tracks 1 and 7 switched. I prefer the correct order, as I've listened to it daily since early April. But each song stands on its own and they play it out of order live, along with covers like Powderfinger.

Behold... Middle Western

Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: oistheone on May 26, 2018, 02:01 PM
Really diggin' what I'm hearing! Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: bschulze1726 on May 27, 2018, 10:41 AM
Dave Zollo was also in a band in the mid 90’s called High and Lonesome. 
They were great, but had to call it short due to Dave Zollo having throat issues
that sidelined him for quite a while.  Try and take a listen to that.
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on May 29, 2018, 11:08 AM
CDs are spoken for and in the mail. God, I love this album. I still listen to it daily. I've got tickets to see them live in a few weeks, my third show in as many months, and maybe one last time in August. Then, they're on hiatus through 2019 while William Elliott Whitmore has a big solo tour.
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on May 29, 2018, 11:09 AM
He told me to expect a second Middle Western album coming, too!
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on May 29, 2018, 11:12 AM
CDs are up, only $10:

http://store.williamelliottwhitmore.com/product/middle-western-vinyl-record

Another vinyl pressing is planned. First run of only 200 sold out but for a few at their merch table. Sounds great on the turntable!
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: sillyboob on Jun 04, 2018, 10:46 AM
So I was a lucky recipient of one of Johnny's cds, and I got to say, I dig it.  I hear a lot of different artists in these songs.  J. Roddy, the Drive-by Truckers, 70s southern rock, Long Beach's own Rival Sons, the Afghan Whigs here and there, maybe some Ryan Adams.

Really enjoying the cd - so many thanks Johnny!! I recommend picking it up!
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: rkwedge on Jun 06, 2018, 01:25 PM
So I was a lucky recipient of one of Johnny's cds, and I got to say, I dig it.  I hear a lot of different artists in these songs.  J. Roddy, the Drive-by Truckers, 70s southern rock, Long Beach's own Rival Sons, the Afghan Whigs here and there, maybe some Ryan Adams.

Really enjoying the cd - so many thanks Johnny!! I recommend picking it up!
I also was lucky enough to get one from John. I can see why he likes them so much, very good. I also get a late 70's early 80's southern rock type vibe from them. Thanks so much John and let us know if they repress to vinyl as I'd like to buy it on vinyl.  :beer:
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: subinai on Jun 06, 2018, 04:42 PM
Really digging this album! William Elliott Whitmore can't go wrong!
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Jun 06, 2018, 05:13 PM
Dave Zollo was also in a band in the mid 90’s called High and Lonesome. 
They were great, but had to call it short due to Dave Zollo having throat issues
that sidelined him for quite a while.  Try and take a listen to that.
I love it! Thanks for making me aware of High and Lonesome. All I have is what Spotify can offer, but its fantastic.
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Jun 12, 2018, 02:06 PM
221 views in 18 days and counting... Still loving me some Middle Western!

Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: rkwedge on Jun 12, 2018, 02:16 PM
221 views in 18 days and counting... Still loving me some Middle Western!

John, Are you their manager?  :grin: :grin: :grin:
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Jun 12, 2018, 02:25 PM
Ha, no. Just an inspired fan trying to spread the word. I can't explain, 'cept to say its sort of like when I discovered MMJ, except without a massive back catalog of albums and live shows to dig in to. I'm seeing my third show on Saturday and once more in August.
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: rkwedge on Jun 12, 2018, 02:37 PM
Ha, no. Just an inspired fan trying to spread the word. I can't explain, 'cept to say its sort of like when I discovered MMJ, except without a massive back catalog of albums and live shows to dig in to. I'm seeing my third show on Saturday and once more in August.
I hear you, I think their really good too. I've got some great music recommendations off this forum and I appreciate it. It's hard for an old guy like me in a small town without a record store to discover new music. Seattle/Portland record stores love it when I'm in town.  :beer:
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: bschulze1726 on Jun 12, 2018, 10:04 PM
Dave Zollo was also in a band in the mid 90’s called High and Lonesome. 
They were great, but had to call it short due to Dave Zollo having throat issues
that sidelined him for quite a while.  Try and take a listen to that.
I love it! Thanks for making me aware of High and Lonesome. All I have is what Spotify can offer, but its fantastic.
Dave Zollo's stuff is quite a bit easier to find and is solid as well.  Unfortunately, High and Lonesome is difficult to find. 
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Jun 24, 2018, 02:28 PM
How great is this? I talked to David Zollo just before Middle Western's set last week, told him I wanted to hear some High and Lonesome, but its hard to find. He's burning and mailing me their discography!
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: Osistheones on Jun 24, 2018, 03:46 PM
Are they trying to get this on Spotify? Seems kinda weird not to have it available for streaming there or even bandcamp.
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: ericm on Jun 24, 2018, 05:01 PM
How great is this? I talked to David Zollo just before Middle Western's set last week, told him I wanted to hear some High and Lonesome, but its hard to find. He's burning and mailing me their discography!

Really great!  :thumbsup:

Sounds like a really cool guy and glad to see he's hooking you up.  :cool:   :beer:
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Jun 24, 2018, 06:58 PM
Are they trying to get this on Spotify? Seems kinda weird not to have it available for streaming there or even bandcamp.
I know! That's why I put the album on YouTube, with their OK, pending some other streaming availability. Not sure who's handling album sales, distribution, or plans for streaming.
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: bschulze1726 on Jun 24, 2018, 09:54 PM
How great is this? I talked to David Zollo just before Middle Western's set last week, told him I wanted to hear some High and Lonesome, but its hard to find. He's burning and mailing me their discography!
than

That's cool of him.  Im hoping to catch him soon in chicago
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: johnnYYac on Jun 25, 2018, 04:12 PM
How great is this? I talked to David Zollo just before Middle Western's set last week, told him I wanted to hear some High and Lonesome, but its hard to find. He's burning and mailing me their discography!
than

That's cool of him.  Im hoping to catch him soon in chicago

Middle Western is in Chicago on Friday!

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1678571?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1832/28138022317_3df9634113.jpg)
Title: Re: Middle Western
Post by: Hawkeye on Jul 11, 2018, 12:56 PM
I'll join in on the Middle Western love.  I've been watching Zollo and Whitmore play in bars since I was old enough to be in bars!  Very nice guys too.  I got a couple of signed vinyl (signed by full band) for me and a buddy...that's one I'll treasure.  I was bummed when the vinyl sold out right away.

I'll now be checking out the solo Zollo stuff and High and Lonesome...hint hint JY if you want to send me any digital files, wink wink...

Also re-visiting Whitmore's back catalog.  I'm really only familiar with his first album, which i have on CD.  I have a later album on vinyl but it hasn't gotten much play, time to dig it out!