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A Chart of Chris Whitley’s Tunings

  Jeffrey 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

In His Own Words: Chris Whitley on Songwriting

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

Living with the Law: A brilliant debut, but the kiss of death?

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

On Being Baptized in the Church of Chris Whitley

  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