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Terra Incognita Media

Articles People Magazine review Chris Whitley bounces from genre to genre Chris Whitley covers a lot of territory (Double Door May 1997) Chris Whitley flies high again CW: Convalescence and Guitari-tecture CW mixes blues, complex personality CW readily journeying into Terra Incognita Songs blue at heart, but not quite the blues Rockin’ to the last … Continue reading

Hotel Vast Horizon Media

Articles Chris Whitley:  Cultural Asylum (The Brooklyn Rail) A Category All His Own (NOLA Times-Picayune) Someday, Someway (Seattle Weekly) Chris Whitley:  Anything but traditional The Vast Horizons of Chris Whitley Chris Whitley’s New Horizons (Harp June/July 2003) Chris Whitley:  Troubadour Nosferatu (Boston Phoenix) Expanding Horizons (The San Diego Union-Tribune) Musical Wanderlust (The Buffalo News) Chris … Continue reading

Dirt Floor Media

Articles 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 … Continue reading

Din of Ecstasy Media

Listen to a live version of “Liberation or Death”     Articles The Jagged Edge : Chris Whitley’s raw, ever-changing style defies categories. On his new album, ‘Din of Ecstasy,’ the reluctant bluesman dives into recent inner struggles. Live Shots: Chris Whitley, Antone’s July 6, 1995 Chris Whitley: Upbeat and in Your Face at Dragonfly … Continue reading

LWTL Media

Articles Chris Whitley Lives with the Law (OffBeat, 1991-11-01) Chris Whitley Interviewed: The Man Living with the Lore (Elsewhere) The New Troubadours (Time Magazine 1991-08-12)  (Also here) Of Empty Skies, Small Towns and Two-Lane Roads (NY Times, 1991-07-14)   (Also here) Sound and Style of the ’60s (NY Times 1992-01-21)  (Also here) Chris Whitley: His Moody … Continue reading

Pigs Will Fly (playlist)

Given that this album is out of print and so difficult to find, I’ve decided to violate my no-posting-copyright-materials rule.  Chris’s songs on this album are so gorgeous that hearing these lo-res versions may inspire you to scour the interwebs to find the original CD soundtrack.  I should note that the album’s first track, the … Continue reading

Rocket House Media

Articles/Reviews Chris Whitley: Rocket House Rocket Man:  Chris Whitley takes off with his best record in a decade Blues with a Scratch Cowboy no more: Whitley rides in new directions Blues breaker: Chris Whitley’s ongoing battle against type Chris Whitley takes a new stand Adventurous, inviting: Chris Whitley’s new album takes a melodic turn Houston … Continue reading

Interview re Perfect Day (A-List, 27 Sept 2000)

In this 35-minute interview, Chris discusses his choice of songs to cover on Perfect Day, making frequent references to the music he listened to via his parents and to Rimbaud and insisting that he’s really just a clumsy guitar player.  There’s also a fairly extended discussion of Robert Johnson and a bit about his evolution … Continue reading

Musical Influences and Covers: Other Recordings

Also indicative of musicians Chris Whitley admired are those he chose to cover on Dirt Floor, War Crime Blues, and Reiter In, as well as his invited participation on two tribute compilations: The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek and Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie. On Dirt Floor Kraftwerk: Das Model … Continue reading

Musical Influences and Covers: Perfect Day

Composed entirely of covers, Perfect Day is Chris Whitley’s fifth studio album, reuniting him with Craig Street, who produced Dirt Floor. The album covers songs from musicians as diverse as Lou Reed (title track), Bob Dylan, The Doors, and bluesmen Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson. Chris teamed up with Billy Martin … Continue reading