FWIW: Just made the connection re this photo and the rare bootleg of Chris and Trixie singing “Alien” at Brownie’s, NYC, 1996-07-16.
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, including … Continue reading