Here’s a short playlist of songs that Chris performed as part of his full Radio Bremen set but that were possibly cut due to length constraints. Enjoy!
For Chris Whitley fans, his seen-better-days National Triolian is the stuff of legends, an icon that immediately elicits images and sounds from Chris’ musical career. A handful of fans even have personal memories of this icon; alas, I am not one of these lucky few, but I’ve been blessed by their sharing those stories. For … Continue reading
UJeffrey Pepper Rodgers commented that “[s]ome of the world’s coolest music happens when instruments fall into the hands of people who don’t know — or don’t care — what they’re supposed to do with them.” Chris Whitley didn’t know, nor did he especially care, how he was supposed to play a steel guitar. As … Continue reading
One of the questions someone interviewing a songwriter invariably asks is “How do you come up with ideas for songs?” Here, in the master’s own words, are some of his responses. “Chris Whitley Interviewed: The Law Man Living with the Lore,” Graham Reid, Elsewhere 1991 “I love that rural blues thing, it’s like an idea … Continue reading
Stories vary regarding how Chris came to meet Daniel Lanois, who was instrumental in getting Chris a recording contract and supported him during the recording process. Did they meet when Chris was playing a NYC gig at Mondo Cane? One Sunday morning when Chris joined a friend on a photo shoot in a NYC park? … Continue reading
This morning, I began looking for a specific comment Chris Whitley had made about how living in Europe, and specifically Dresden, had shaped his personal/musical philosophy. Because I have amassed what must be hundreds of pages of Whitley interviews, reviews, and articles, this search entailed an hours’ long descent into all things Chris Whitley, … Continue reading