At a recent solo show at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, William Fitzsimmons made a tongue-in-cheek jab at friend, former tourmate and recent Billboard cover subject Ingrid Michaelson. “I hear she’s selling a lot of sweaters,” he said with a smile, making reference to her recent Old Navy commercial spot.
But the heavily bearded songwriter has plenty of licensing accolades of his own, with placements of songs in Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” MTV’s “Life of Ryan” and even at a pivotal point in an episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” last year. His track “It’s Not True” was also included in a Paste magazine sampler.
Fitzsimmons is preparing new songs from his “cornfield town” of Jacksonville, Ill.; if his sophomore effort, 2006’s “Goodnight,” is any indication, listeners can expect a mix of minimal electronic and folk arrangements over whispered vocals and acoustic guitar-/banjo-driven melodies.
The artist is also revving up for his stint on the Hotel Café tour this spring, with former tourmates Michaelson and Cary Brothers, plus Now Hear This alum Jim Bianco and Meiko.