The primary purpose of this blog is evident from its title:  To share, to preserve, and to examine the musical legacy of Chris Whitley.  Best known for his 1991 debut album, Living with the Law, Whitley produced an astonishingly diverse array of music until his untimely death (from lung cancer) in November 2005.

from Time Magazine, August 1991
from Time Magazine, August 1991

Other resources possibly of interest:

1.  Discover Whitley’s pre-LWTL musical development on the Noh Rodeo Facebook page.

2. Check out the official legacy Chris Whitley website.

3.  Listen to Whitley bootlegs on the Live Music Archive.

4.  Join the Chris Whitley group on Facebook.

5.  Watch videos on YouTube.

Also from this page, you can link to articles and other media about Chris Whitley, organized by album or other category.

Living with the Law

Din of Ecstasy

Terra Incognita

Dirt Floor

Live at Martyrs’

Perfect Day

Rocket House

Long Way Around:  An Anthology

Pigs Will Fly

Hotel Vast Horizon


War Crime Blues

Soft Dangerous Shores

Reiter In

Dislocation Blues

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for doing this Katie. Never met him. Never saw him live. Have all his music. Haunted by him. (In a good way.) But really appreciate what you carry on doing, thank you.


      1. Well, he’s a good (and complicated) subject to be obsessed by. Pretty sure I might have Cut the Cards at my funeral. Hopefully in a fair while yet, there’s much to do!


      2. Hi Katie, I did know about Pierrre Reverdy, but possibly from one of your posts? ‘There are fields where we still could run… unlimited stars…’ beautiful, inspiring stuff. Will check out more of his writing.


    1. Hi, David – In interviews, Chris said “To me, “Big Sky Country,” was a Big Fake Prince Song.” [Poet Maudit interview 2004] ; also that the song was somewhat inspired by the last frame of “Wuthering Heights” in which Laurence Olivier’s and Vivien Leigh’s ghosts romp through the heather [Vagabond Heart – Melody Maker]


  2. how chris met dan lanois:
    karen kuehn, a good photographer who lived and worked in tribeca(nyc) ate regularly at the exterminator chili company nearby. on one particular night she heard chris perform there. she was impressed and introduced him to her friend dan lanois.
    chris shared this. he never once distorted or exaggerated the truth to me.


    1. Dang! I thought I’d updated that intro to my LWTL: Billiant Debut …” post [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? At a barbeque in New Orleans? It seems that even Chris was unsure, giving different versions of their meeting in various interviews. ]

      Thanks for reminding me of the real story, Jerry.

      As it turns out, I had purchased some artist’s proofs from Karen a couple years ago to send to Maarten and Hiroshi, the long-time fans who shared so many CW treasures with me. During our transaction, I asked Karen to tell me a bit about Chris. This is what she replied: “I took that pick in a room full of Santarios in NYC.
      I met Chris at the Exterminator Chili restaurant on Church and Canal (approx). He was singing and tapping that foot as he did….I was in awe of his talent. I told my said boy friend at the time (Dan Lanois) music producer “you have to hear this guy.” Rather than tip him I gave him a note that said “good for one free photo shoot.” We shot a lot and became friends. Dan was in awe of him too…still in awe. Dan helps his daughter Tad Pole in a band called Black Dub out of Brooklyn NY. The saga goes on. He was a poet for sure and a lover of women. God rest his soul.”

      Now … off to edit that post! Thanks again……………….Katie


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