William Pilgrim
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AMERICAN ROOTS INSPIRED ARTIST WILLIAM PILGRIM

 

William Pilgrim and the All Grows Up (www.williampilgrim.com) offer up a powerful blend of blues, folk, and roots rock that forms an emotional musical pastiche of a modern society fallen on hard times. William Pilgrim is the Alter-Ego of Ishmael “Ish” Herring, a talented young singer/songwriter whose own journey from the streets to the stage is truly miraculous. Ish’s own life and experiences inspired the creation of William Pilgrim, named for the fatalistic optimist from Kurt Vonnegut’s famous non-linear novel that explored fate, free will, and the often illogical nature of human beings.

Born in 1984 in Kansas City, MO to a drug addicted mother and a broken home, Ish Herring spent his childhood shuffling between numerous foster homes and later, lived on the streets and in New Orleans before eventually making his way to Los Angeles. He always found solace in music and taught himself guitar, piano and drums. The R&B and soul music Ish remembered fondly from his early childhood mixed easily with a diverse array of modern artists he heard and liked, ranging from R. Kelly and Matchbox 20 to Soul Asylum and similar popular alternative groups from the mid- and late-90s.

Despite being homeless in L.A., Herring still sought musical collaboration and William Pilgrim was born when PM Romero, an Orange County, CA-based songwriter/musician, answered his online ad offering vocal services for hire. The pair formed the fruitful musical partnership that would become William Pilgrim and the All Grows Up. A demo soon caught the attention of Orange County, CA-based label Moonlight Graham Records, which signed William Pilgrim and the All Grows Up.

The debut record, The Great Recession, was released September 11, 2012.

 

Ish Herring’s gravelly vocals drive his songs with an intensity that harkens to a simpler time before music sampling and fancy studio effects. From the opening chords of “A Soldier’s Tale,” which recounts a young man losing his innocence as he transforms from a simple farm boy into a cynical solder affected by the horrors of war, to an ironic message about rampant consumerism in the closing track, “Water When the Well is Dry,” The Great Recessionpaints a multi-layered musical portrait of a frayed country whose people have fallen on hard times and long for stability, love and better days.

 

 

“I wanted to make a record that came from the standpoint of the 80s generation, my generation, that was cast off,” says Ish. “We were let down by society and our leaders in so many ways. The Great Recession takes the power of American roots music as tool of social consciousness and updates it for the 21stcentury but still makes it sound timeless and evokes a sense of nostalgia.”

 

 

The band plans to further complement the upcoming release of The Great Recession with, House On the Hill, an insightful documentary film set for release in 2013 that explores the plight of homeless teens in Southern California. Prominent musical and social luminary Exene Cervenka of the legendary band X will add narration.

 

 

 

 

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The Power of Word, Episode 3 of "Live at The Ice House" captures a innovative night of poetry and music at the studio.
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William Pilgrim - "Be With Me"

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Mar 12, 2013
A song by William Pilgrim was featured

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The Great Recession
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Oct 2, 2012
John Apice left a comment for William Pilgrim
"Yes, send me a code for Soundcloud. I will sign up with them as well. I want to download your album because I want to be able to listen more than once before reviewing. Any miscellaneous info about you and the band would help also -- if it's…"
Sep 16, 2012
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Barbara Bruederlin left a comment for William Pilgrim
"That's very generous, thanks!  I would love a download, please, as I do my best listening while mobile.  Of course I would be more than happy to write a review."
Sep 12, 2012
William Pilgrim left a comment for John Apice
"Thanks for your reply John.  I am happy to provide our Soundcloud link or give you a code to download our album free of charge if you let me know which you prefer."
Sep 12, 2012
William Pilgrim left a comment for Barbara Bruederlin
"Thanks for your reply. I am happy to give you our Soundcloud link or provide a code for you to download our album free of charge if you let me know which you would prefer."
Sep 12, 2012
Barbara Bruederlin left a comment for William Pilgrim
"Thanks for adding me to your friend list.  Looking forward to checking into your music!"
Sep 11, 2012
John Apice left a comment for William Pilgrim
"Welcome William Pilgrim. As you may already know I do some reviews on No Depression when time allows. So, I will check your site/music out in time and if I post something I will alert you. I look forward to listening to your material. Your bio is…"
Sep 11, 2012
A song by William Pilgrim was featured

 play About a Girl - WIlliam Pilgrim & the All Grows Up

The Great Recession
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At 10:46am on November 25, 2012, John Apice said…

FYI -- posted a review of your album The Great Recession -- on No Depression Sunday, Nov 25th. No Depression usually reviews everything before the copy actually posts so it conforms with their guidelines. So, please look for it later today into tomorrow. Thanks for allowing me the code on SoundCloud -- and for the opportunity to enjoy your art. Looking forward to more from you in the future. John

At 7:57pm on September 16, 2012, John Apice said…

Yes, send me a code for Soundcloud. I will sign up with them as well. I want to download your album because I want to be able to listen more than once before reviewing. Any miscellaneous info about you and the band would help also -- if it's all on your website that would be fine. I just want to refer to some biographical info if needed. I'd like to add some links and where your album is available. I will need to link an image of your CD to the review so forward an image or I will try and pick it up off your website.   

At 8:20pm on September 12, 2012, Barbara Bruederlin said…

That's very generous, thanks!  I would love a download, please, as I do my best listening while mobile.  Of course I would be more than happy to write a review.

At 6:44pm on September 11, 2012, Barbara Bruederlin said…

Thanks for adding me to your friend list.  Looking forward to checking into your music!

At 2:46pm on September 11, 2012, John Apice said…

Welcome William Pilgrim. As you may already know I do some reviews on No Depression when time allows. So, I will check your site/music out in time and if I post something I will alert you. I look forward to listening to your material. Your bio is interesting. If I need additional information I will contact you.  

At 5:33am on May 5, 2012, NoDepression said…

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