Rocket House Media

Articles/Reviews You can access a couple dozen articles here. Audio/Video National Public Radio review on All Things Considered:  Rocket House at Fox Theater, Boulder, CO 2001/07/12:  Shadowland at Fox Theater:  Vertical Desert at Fox Theater:  Something Shines at Fox Theater:  Full bootleg of Fox Theater concert Radar live at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC:  To Joy … Continue reading Rocket House Media

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

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: Other Recordings

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 Musical Influences and Covers: Perfect Day

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 Jeff Lang Remembers Chris

Musical Influences and Covers: Dislocation Blues

  [Note:  Links to articles are broken, but you can access all of them here.] 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 … Continue reading Musical Influences and Covers: Dislocation Blues

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