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The Odd Couple: Chris and Warren Zevon

It seems an odd pairing:  Chris, a self-taught guitarist whose visceral lyrics were influenced by desert landscapes and an appreciation of French surrealist poets; Warren, a piano man (briefly mentored by Igor Stravinsky) whose lyrics often described viscera and whom Rolling Stone labeled “rock’s macabre jester.”  Chris, the offspring of a Madison Avenue ad executive … Continue reading

“Home Is Where You Get Across”

Danny Kadar has shared the first known recording of Home (New Orleans 1991):   Another 1991 recording of Home (courtesy of Danny Kadar):     Here’s Chris playing Home with Bob Wasserman and Les Claypool on Wasserman’s CD Trios (1994):   Chris plays LWTL and then Home (with Rob and Les) at the Trios concert … Continue reading

Musical Influences: In His Own Words

Chris Whitley cites many musicians as having influenced his music making, ranging from the Desert Blues of Mali and blues legends such as Howlin’ Wolf to contemporary legends such as Jimmy Page, David Bowie and Prince.  Below, in his own words, are his comments about the music he liked and how it affected his songcraft. … Continue reading