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Interview re Perfect Day (A-List, 27 Sept 2000)

In this 35-minute interview, Chris discusses his choice of songs to cover on Perfect Day, making frequent references to the music he listened to via his parents and to Rimbaud and insisting that he’s really just a clumsy guitar player.  There’s also a fairly extended discussion of Robert Johnson and a bit about his evolution … Continue reading

Musical Influences and Covers: Other Recordings

Also indicative of musicians Chris Whitley admired are those he chose to cover on Dirt Floor, War Crime Blues, and Reiter In, as well as his invited participation on two tribute compilations: The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek and Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie. On Dirt Floor Kraftwerk: Das Model … Continue reading

Musical Influences and Covers: Perfect Day

Composed entirely of covers, Perfect Day is Chris Whitley’s fifth studio album, reuniting him with Craig Street, who produced Dirt Floor. The album covers songs from musicians as diverse as Lou Reed (title track), Bob Dylan, The Doors, and bluesmen Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson. Chris teamed up with Billy Martin … Continue reading

A Guide to Chris Whitley’s Gear

Hiroshi Suda has compiled an inventory of the many guitars Chris played. If you can offer corrections or additional info, please use the “Comment” feature at the end of this post, and we’ll add your 2-cents to the descriptions. [Note: Larger photos can be viewed on All Things Chris Whitley Facebook page.] Thanks to Jeffrey … Continue reading

KMTT 1999-04-14

While touring Dirt Floor, Chris played a great number of radio shows.  His appearance at KMTT on April 14, 1999 is a fan favorite.  Although he was sick with what sounds like a cold, Chris played excellent takes of a new song (Firefighter) and an old song (LWTL – Hiroshi Suda’s favorite live performance of … Continue reading