JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

June 15, 2015
The Kessler Theater
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Nolan Smith
Photos by Nolan Smith

William Fitzsimmons

A Night Of Folk At The Kessler

Acoustic and folk singer William Fitzsimmons is touring with his new album Pittsburgh titled after the area in Pennsylvania where he grew up for most of his life. Having found his niche sound, this album has that same Fitzsimmons sound that adoring fans will be sure to appreciate.

William Fitszimmons - Good Morning - Live at the Kessler Theater 6-15-2015

Acoustic and folk singer William Fitzsimmons is touring with his new album Pittsburgh titled after the area in Pennsylvania where he grew up for most of his life. Having found his niche sound, this album has that same Fitzsimmons sound that adoring fans will be sure to appreciate.

The always great Kessler Theater started the show with opener Denison Witmer; a perfect complement to Fitzsimmons acoustical styling. Songs like "Right Behind You" and "Constant Muse" are worth checking out. Fitzsimmons played an acoustic, solo set to a nearly packed house in Dallas. Equipped with a myriad of guitars and his somewhat iconic beard, he delighted fans through a 23 song set list of all the songs you would expect, with a few additional songs from the new album.

William always brings funny jokes, stories about his songs, and information about his personal life to his concerts. I always enjoy when an artist shares themselves with the fans. The insight makes the experience all the more meaningful. Before playing the song "Centralia," he told a story about a city in Pennsylvania that had a fire underground. The fire is still burning today and will likely burn for the next 50 years due to the underground gases. Fitzsimmons said it was a perfect metaphor for how he was feeling at a point in his life where everything inside was burning but outside looked normal.

Fitzsimmons continued openly, sharing a story about his two children from an open adoption and what a gift they are to him. He referred to them as "a treasure I don't deserve." The last thing he shared worth noting was an anecdote about his grandmother Virginia, crediting her passion for playing as the reason he became a musician. The stories added a beautiful undertone to his music.

Breaking up the typical set list, Fitzsimmons played a cover of The Backstreet Boys "I want it that way," sending the audience into hysterics. Following up the comedy, he played a cover of Elliott Smith's "Between the bars." William's guitar playing ability is only outdone by his beautiful singing voice. He sounds even better live than on record. If you find yourself within a tank of gas of one of his upcoming performances, I'd encourage you to do yourself a favor and see him for yourself.

Set List
Ghosts of Penn Hills
I Had to Carry Her (Virginia's Song)
Beautiful Girl
Centralia
Just Not Each Other
Josie's Song
Backstreet Boys Cover: I want it that way
Funeral Dress
Better
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Lions
Sister
Elliott Smith Cover: Between the Bars
Everything Has Changed
Falling On My Sword
Pittsburgh
I Don't Feel It Anymore
Encore
Bird of Winter Prey (duet w/ Denison Witmer)
From the Water
Passion Play
Moved to the Audience
Come Back Home
Good Morning