Artist of the day: Unpainted Souls
If you picked up the Bay Area Arts and Music compilation Tales of Highways & Low Roads, you heard the album-closing track Train Song, a jazzy country-swing song described as “a virtuoso of all things stringed and virtually unknown, but not for long.”
The artist behind the track is Unpainted Souls, led by singer/guitarist/mandolin player Billy Whiting. Since 1992, Whiting has been playing around Tampa Bay at various and sundry odd venues, including many gigs in area churches. Along with a changing roster of artists, he has released three albums of folksy Americana under the moniker Unpainted Souls — Songs of Worship and Wonder, Life Sin Prayer and Long Country Roads.
Joined by Jake Wright (bass), Matt Friesz (guitar), Nathaniel Strawbridge (percussion) and Joe Short (banjo), Whiting will perform as Unpainted Souls at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. It’s a release party for their new album, Cigar City Fight. Tickets are $6-$12, and the show is at 8 p.m. Bryan Edward is also on the bill. Click here for details.