The Japanese release of Jeff Lang’s 2017 album, Alone in Bad Company, includes a bonus track: Jeff’s cover of Chris Whitley’s “As Flat as the Earth” (Terra Incognita). Because this recording is unavailable in the US and with Jeff’s generous permission, I am sharing it here so that ATCW group members can listen to … Continue reading
I never liked Solid Iron Heart on the Rocket House album. Well, I should qualify that statement: I was drawn in by Chris’s haunting voice and entranced by the lyrics, but my ears rebelled against all the extraneous sound production in the album version. I mean, really, why such noise should obscure such intense … Continue reading
Soon after the ATCW Facebook group was formed, Christian Lacroix shared audio from Chris and the Vast Combo’s 2003 performance in Cluses, France. Christian indicated that he might have video of the full performance (devoutly to be wished!). UPDATE 2021-05-04 – Christian has shared a fuller set of seven songs:
This three-part interview seems to have been recorded after Din, which Chris discusses extensively.
The thing I hate most about Facebook as a host for our group is that the now thousands of posts are presented linearly – no feature to allow the user to group posts by topic (e.g., as one would in a discussion forum), to create a chain/thread of related posts, or to easily/quickly access posts … Continue reading
I was pleasantly surprised when, viewing files Hiroshi Suda had sent me of 1999-02-05 (Quasimodo’s, Berlin), I came across a video of Chris and Pat MacDonald singing Dylan’s “Billy” – still brings a smile! Today I ran across some additional audio files of that duet plus of Pat’s solo performance. I’m sharing them … Continue reading
Many thanks to Andi Lechner for writing this post about one of Chris Whitley’s signature pieces of gear. Andi is a musician (singer-songwriter) based in Austria, where he fronts his band (Ghost and the Machine) playing resonator guitars. ======================== NOTE: This article should just provide information about the pick-ups that Chris used on his Nationals. … Continue reading
In Cleveland last fall, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held a tribute to blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Of the renowned blues, pop, folk and jazz performers at two concerts that weekend, Chris Whitley was the only discernible musical and spiritual link to the fabled bluesman. The powers that be could have scrapped … Continue reading
This is the second set only: Taped by Joel Keller.