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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

Jeff Lang Remembers Chris

In December 2014, Classic Rock magazine published “Fallen Angel:  The Life and Death of Chris Whitley” [see online edition here].  In preparation for that article, the author, Paul Rees, contacted Jeff Lang via email to solicit some of Jeff’s comments and memories.  Only a few snippets of Jeff’s response were included in the article, but … Continue reading

Musical Influences and Covers: Dislocation Blues

Doug Collette says it perfectly:  “kindred spirits in a sustained moment of inspiration.”  What better way to describe the magic that Chris Whitley and Jeff Lang conjured on Dislocation Blues. Background Jeff and Chris met when one of Jeff’s friends recommended that he catch Chris’ set at The Basement, a blues club in Sydney, NSW, … Continue reading

Living with the Law: A brilliant debut, but the kiss of death?

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? … Continue reading