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
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.
“Since Hendrix, there’s not a lot that blows me away,” Whitley said.* We’re all familiar with Chris’s cover of Hendrix’s “Drifting” on the Perfect Day CD. But did you know that he covered other Hendrix songs? That one of the first albums he bought (with money his grandmother had given him for his … Continue reading
FWIW: Just made the connection re this photo and the rare bootleg of Chris and Trixie singing “Alien” at Brownie’s, NYC, 1996-07-16. Thanks to Hiroshi Suda for sharing the bootleg.
An early performance of New Machine: Recording (rehearsing?) New Machine at Sony Studios (NYC, NY)
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
Just because a great song is worth listening to in its many versions! Save
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
“Seeing somebody like Chris Whitley sitting in a tool shed in the back of his father’s house, just possessed, and you realize that you are in the presence of nature at its purest, you’re in the presence of the divine.” ~ Craig Street, as quoted in Producing Hit Records by DJ Farinella Articles A jagged … Continue reading