Citing Perfect Day as one of her choices as “undeservedly obscure albums of 2000,” Ann Powers (NY Times) described the album as “sound[ing] like a secret conversation with the psychic succubus that keeps this innovative blues guitarist and singer on the run. Classics by songwriters from Bob Dylan to Howlin’ Wolf melt like wax in minimal arrangements featuring the rhythm section of Billy Martin and Chris Wood. Mr. Whitley’s voice, otherworldly and immediate, reanimates each with new soul.”
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Craig Street explains the recording set-up [Producing Hit Records by DJ Farinella]:
H/T to Hiroshi Suda for sharing this interview of Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin & Wood and the Wood Brothers), who played bass on Perfect Day and who discussed that experience in a recent podcast (listen to the full podcast here):