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Dirt Floor Media

Dirt Floor

at Blue Moon Racing where Dirt Floor was recorded (from Jerry Whitley)

“Seeing somebody like Chris Whitley sitting in a tool shed in the back of his father’s house, just possessed, and you realize that you are in the presence of nature at its purest, you’re in the presence of the divine.”

~ Craig Street, as quoted in Producing Hit Records by DJ Farinella



Acoustic Guitar (September 1998)

A jagged presentation of jagged subject matter

After big debut, Chris Whitley tries to `rebuild’ with new album `Dirt Floor’

Barn in the USA

Bigger label isn’t always better

Bluesy blooey Whitley’s acoustic cornicopia proves too much for his amplifiers – twice

Not quite the usual blues

Chris Whitley – Dirt Floor

Chris Whitley abiding by “the law” again

Chris Whitley bleeds the delta

Chris Whitley chooses a circuitous musical path

Chris Whitley:  Dirt Floor

Chris Whitley:  Dirt Floor (Messenger)

Chris Whitley:  Dirt Floor (David Bowman/Salon)

Chris Whitley’s “Dirt” takes root

Chris Whitley’s music is all over the place, just like he wants

Chris Whitley’s scrapyard lullabies

CMJ review

Austin American-Statesman review

Dirty work

Drinking with … Chris Whitley

Folk, blues singer taps into his core

Guitar Player review

Individualist defies categories to go his own way

Interview with Joyce Peters

Out of the din: up-and-comer turned has-been is back in full poetic force

Request review

Road wearier

from Rock Troubadours

Stripped down and dirty

Up off the killing dirt floor

Whitley evokes magic of great bluesmen

Whitley follows the indie road

Whitley gone solo acoustic

Whitley is moving in stark setting (Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room)

Whitley shows versatile style (Martyr’s March 1999)

Whitley sings the blues with emotion, intensity

Whitley strips his sound bare on ‘Floor’

Whitley sweeps bad times away with ‘Dirt Floor’

Whitley’s gift a secret that should be told (Peabody’s DownUnder)

Craig Street re recording Dirt Floor

Bootlegs and Other Audio

1998 gigs including Radio Bremen “Moments”

1999 gigs

Rolling Stone interview 1998-04-06 at Martyr’s

J’Open Mike (NYC) 1998-03-10:


Austin Convention Center (Pre-show) 1998-03-21:


KFOG Pull the Plug (San Francisco) 1998-03-25:


Hagstrom Musikk (Bergen, Norway) 1998-04-28 – Chris plays several tracks from Din and TI, perhaps because he seldom appeared in Norway:


Acoustic Cafe 1998-06-02:


Live at Blockbuster (Nashville, TN) 1998-08-02


Amoeba’s (San Francisco, CA) 1998-08-22:


WPLR (New Haven, CT) 1999-03-12:


KMTT (Seattle, WA) 1999-04-14:


KBAC (Santa Fe, NM) 1999-04-26


Martyr’s Pre-show 1999-08-13 WXRT



Craig Street discusses the recording of Dirt Floor: 

Scrapyard Lullaby b/w: 

Scrapyard Lullaby: 

Dirt Floor: 

Wild Country: 

at CBGB’s for Reverb: 

Chris plays Firefighter on Gabereau (Canadian show) April 1999: 


Video playlist:  CBGB 1998 (professional video)


Video playlist: Quasimodo’s 1999-02-05


Video playlist: Rosebud 1998-04-14


Here’s an early (1993) version of Altitude sounding very much like a DIN song.  Trimmed from a video uploaded by WillSalas CymbalMaker [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy5rXUj09o0]:

And, thanks to Hiroshi Suda, you can listen to the audio only here: 



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4 thoughts on “Dirt Floor Media

  1. Katie- I really value the articles you posted. Thank you
    Jerry Whitley 7/13/16

    Posted by jerry whitley | July 13, 2016, 9:38 pm
  2. Katie, Thought you’d approve of this. Bjorn [image1.PNG] Sent from my iPhone

    Posted by Bjorn Johnson | June 20, 2016, 10:22 pm

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