Now five records into her career, Whitmore has maintained her artistic independence while racking up a list of accolades. Her sharply-written songs have been finalists at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and award-winners at the National Unplugged Songwriting Contest. Working alongside longtime producer Brian Douglas Phillips, she brings that sound full circle with the Good Things EP, touching upon the melody-heavy chops that helped launch her career while also pushing into unexplored territory. From the Sheryl Crow-worthy kickoff track, "Something Different," to the blues-rock title track, Good Things is a diverse record filled with acoustic guitar, organ, Wurlitzer, unexpected percussion elements, baritone guitar, and even pocket piano. The result is the broadest, boldest track list of her career, influenced by artists like Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, and Alabama Shakes.
Like its title suggests, Good Things also finds Whitmore in an optimistic mood, chasing down a brighter horizon after writing these six songs during a difficult season of transition and waiting. The source material may be weighty, but the music itself is ultimately uplifting. Something different, indeed.