He has performed at various festivals, including the Harvest and Suwannee Festivals, and has made special appearances on radio stations from Knoxville to New Orleans. In November, Whetherman premiered its own station on personalized internet radio application, Pandora. Williams hasn’t yet heard the Whetherman channel, but has heard word that his songs have been popping up on Dave Matthews Band’s station.

Concerning Jacksonville’s musical community, Williams says it not like anything he has ever seen.

“Usually there’s a survival of the fittest, clique-oriented approach, but here everyone supports each other.”

Williams is an ardent supporter of the area’s growing music scene, especially in the downtown area. His favorite places to perform around town are the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1904, and Fly’s Tie.

Whetherman will be enjoying some downtime in December, playing the least amount of shows he has in years, according to Williams. He is currently preparing songs for his sixth album, which he hopes to fund with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. Come 2014, Whetherman will be embarking on a third nationwide tour and has sights on a few overseas gigs. The odds are certainly in Whetherman’s favor; Jacksonville may have to share its skilled songsmith with the nation and quite possibly the world.

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