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  • William Elliott Whitmore Cover Song Used in Red Dead Redemption Video Game

    Wed, 02 Jun 2010 10:57:47

    William Elliott Whitmore Cover Song Used in <i>Red Dead Redemption</i> Video Game - "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" is the tune

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    William Elliott Whitmore's craggy, whiskey-soaked voice personifies hard-lived Americana lifestyle and culture. Whitmore, a rural Iowa native, deftly combines stark folk and blues with a punk intensity to create a sound ideal for the haunting landscape of the dying West featured in the critically lauded hit game Red Dead Redemption from Rockstar Games. There is no better voice for such a game than Whitmore's.

    The game tells the story of former outlaw John Marston, who is blackmailed by federal agents and sent back to the frontier to hunt down the members of his former gang in an epic tale of justice and salvation. The game has received acclaim for its depiction of the Old West, open world environment and its moody atmospheric soundtrack.

    Most of the game's 18-track score was created by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson, both of whom played in instrumental band Friends off Dean Martinez and William Elliott Whitmore contributes a powerful a-cappella interpretation of "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie," a mournful cowboy classic adapted from an even older sailor song. It is enough to make even the toughest, hardest, finger-calloused gamer shed a tear. A 30-second preview of "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" is available here: http://bit.ly/9W2RSN.

    If you had not heard of WEW prior, does this snippet of his song arouse your interest in the rest of his recorded work? Check out Animals in the Dark, his latest release for ANTI.

    —Amy Sciarretto

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