In advance of next year’s stateside tour & to promote his current European jaunt, William Fitzsimmons shares live footage with UK-blog This Is Fake DIY. The acoustic performance of “Wounded Head” from his 2011 album, Gold In The Shadow, was filmed at the Brillobox in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Full tour dates below.
The acoustic track is also part of a collection of stripped down songs on the Gold In The Shadow (Deluxe) set for digital release on December 20th. With the purchase of the digital deluxe, fans will get an additional 14 bonus tracks featuring 3 previously unavailable recordings. For fans that already have a copy of the standard version, tracks from the deluxe edition will be made available as a separate set, Gold In The Shadow (Bonus Material). As an added treat, there’s an expanded digital booklet.
I don't know how he does it; I am just glad he does." - Paste Magazine
“A songwriter with vision…” - NPR
“Who knew that a sensitive folkie could be so foul and hilarious at the same time?"
- Dallas Observer (Live Review)
"…not only an artist worth catching, but worth following in the future."
- AV Club (Live Review)
Over the course of the past year, William Fitzsimmons toured 60+ cities in support of his critically acclaimed fourth full length, Gold In The Shadow. He’ll continue his North American trek early next year, starting February 9th in Ann Arbor, MI. Known for his onstage banter, Fitzsimmons will bring his unique voice and lyricism to 35 venues, including LA’s famed Troubadour. See below for full headlining dates.
Critical darling, William Fitzsimmons appears on the December 13th double-CD, titled Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths (out on American Laundromat Records). Amongst a collection of indie-rock luminaries – The Wedding Present, Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch, Throwing Muses co-founder Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis and Stars — Fitzsimmons covers the title-borrowing classic from The Smiths, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.”
In the coming weeks, stay tuned for additional announcements, including previously unreleased recordings and a forthcoming North American tour.
For full track list and to pre-order Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths, please visit: http://www.alr-music.com/
Gold In The Shadow marked a career high album debut, landing at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, as well as #3 on the Folk Albums Chart, #41 on the Overall Digital Albums Chart and #161 on the Billboard Top 200.
Currently touring Europe, there are plans to return to the US later this year. Stayed tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
"William Fitzsimmons has the ability to make a compelling video by playing a song by himself in someone's backyard. I don't know how he does it; I am just glad he does."
- Paste Magazine
Over the last couple of weeks, Fitzsimmons released two acoustic videos at PasteMagazine. The stripped-down performances featured tracks from his current album, Gold In The Shadow - "BeautifulGirl" (see above), and bonus track from the two-disc deluxe version, "BloodAndBones." Fitzsimmons is currently on tour in Europe, see dates below.
"[Gold In The Shadow] provides an emotional release and even a glimmer of hope." - MTV.com
"...hushed productions with lovely instrumentation that lingers long after the song has passed...[Gold In The Shadow] is a fine introduction to a worthwhile voice."
- Houston Chronicle
"[Gold in the Shadow] is nothing short of lovely; a deep, delicate listen that’s easy on the ears and cracking album charts internationally."
- Charlotte Observer
Indie troubadour, William Fitzsimmons, has released the official video for the "Beautiful Girl" from his current album, Gold In The Shadow (Nettwerk Records). The video premieres worldwide at The Sun UK, Exclaim! in Canada and HitFix in the US; check out the full post HERE.
Directed by AG Rojas, the uniquely compelling video juxtaposes light and dark and is an encouragement to those who struggle with anorexia. The subject is close to Fitzsimmons' heart, considering he’s “one of the few and the unproud” 5-10% of males suffering from the eating disorder.
William is currently on the road. See below for full tour dates.
"'Gold in the Shadow' is a masterpiece, simple as that." – The Appalachian
"Clearly, the Illinois singer knows there's strength in fragility." – Montreal Gazette
“’Gold In The Shadow’ continues [Fitzsimmons] career-long streak of fantastic records.” – Daily News
"…not only an artist worth catching here, but worth following in the future." – The Onion
Nettwerk Records and William Fitzsimmons are pleased to celebrate William’s career high album debut, with Gold In The Shadow landing at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, as well as #3 on the Folk Albums Chart, #41 on the Overall Digital Albums Chart and #161 on the Billboard Top 200.
William’s success spreads well beyond the US borders, with a Billboard Top 200 debut in Canada (#163) and top 50 in their Overall Digital Chart. The album has been highly praised by the UK press (4/5 star reviews from Uncut, Music OMH and more), and is expected to debut in the Top 100 in both Germany and Holland later this week.
Fitzsimmons is currently on the road in support of Gold In The Shadow throughout the spring. See below for current headlining dates.
“The images couple perfectly with somber but floating tunes that seems to pour with well thought lyrics and a perfect blend of indie, folk, and singer-songwriter styles.”
– Filter Magazine
“This is as stunning and heartfelt as we have come to expect from Fitzsimmons, so it goes without saying that you should definitely give it a listen…because this is a beautiful record.” – AbsolutePunk.net
Today, critical darling William Fitzsimmons releases his fourth studio album, Gold In The Shadow (Nettwerk Records). The appeal of Fitzsimmons’ sound is indicative of his unique upbringing and consequent life experience. Born to two blind parents, Fitzsimmons grew up in a home where sound - particularly music - was integral to communication.
While maintaining the intimacy of previous releases, Fitzsimmons expands his sound on tracks like lead singles, “The Tide Pulls From The Moon” and “Beautiful Girl.” With “Let You Break,” William Fitzsimmons collaborates with Julia Stone, one half of the acclaimed Aussie brother/sister folk duo Angus & Julia Stone. Fitzsimmons’ gentle whispers are perfectly paired alongside Julia’s distinct, delicate, and fragile voice.
To support today’s release, be sure to catch Fitzsimmons on the road, along with Slow Runner. See dates below.
Set for release March 22, William Fitzsimmons’ forthcoming album, Gold In The Shadow, is currently streaming at Paste Magazine. Click HERE to listen. Best said by Q Magazine, “the process of writing music is often seen as being a cathartic one for the artist involved, but no more so is this the case than with the incredibly talented William Fitzsimmons.” See below for tour dates.
This month, William Fitzsimmons is included in Clear Channel’s monthly discovery hub, called “New!”. “New!” is an online and on-air platform for developing artists across 7 formats with 350+ participating radio stations; as well as entertainment portal, iheartradio.com.
Today, Fitzsimmons releases the follow-up single, “Beautiful Girl,” from his forthcoming album, Gold In The Shadow (release date: 3/22). If that isn’t enough, an acoustic version of the first single, “The Tide Pulls From The Moon,” is now available for download - click HERE.
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