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A Few Iterations of Clear Blue Sky

Looking for something else today, I stumbled across Danny Kadar’s 2015 ATCW group post, commemorating what would have been Chris’s 55th birthday and sharing a SoundCloud playlist that contained a demo version of “Clear Blue Sky”.  This 1996 version of CBS was recorded at Blue Moon Racing, the Vermont property owned by Chris’s dad and … Continue reading

at the Rob Wasserman Trios Event 1994-03-26

In March 1994, Chris appeared at the Rex Foundation benefit concert at the Beacon Theater, with a busload of fellow musicians: Rob WassermanBruce HornsbyVictoria WilliamsChris WhitleyBob WeirJohn Wesley HardingMatt HaimovitzJimmy ScottDavid SanbornGeorge RessiliMichael BracklerLou Reed Although mostly unrelated to our man Chris, the Rex Foundation has an interesting story, as captured in these sentences from … Continue reading

Radio Show at River Music Hall (Haverhill/Greater Boston) 1997-03-19

This show includes a rare performance of Some Candy Talkin’:

Din Band at The Middle East (Cambridge, MA) 1995-06-15

  So good, so raw, so explosive.  Forever Young!  

Soft Dangerous Shores Media

  Whitley recorded Soft Dangerous Shores with bassist Heiko Schramm and drummer Matthias Macht, the supple German rhythm team on board for Hotel Vast Horizon (Messenger, 2003). Malcolm Burn was at the helm, producing and engineering the record in his Kingston, N.Y., studio. Burn’s sepia-toned keyboards were also the source of the album’s hovering atmospherics. … Continue reading

Look What Love Has Done Playlist

One of the ATCW group’s favorites, Look What Love Has Done, as Manual Destanque put it, “… jerks a tear from my eye every time. The first time I listened to it I was thrilled, love that song, love the story and the images and metaphors… And then there’s the last bit of the song … Continue reading

“Home Is Where You Get Across”

Danny Kadar has shared the first known recording of Home (New Orleans 1991):   Another 1991 recording of Home (courtesy of Danny Kadar):     Here’s Chris playing Home with Bob Wasserman and Les Claypool on Wasserman’s CD Trios (1994):   Chris plays LWTL and then Home (with Rob and Les) at the Trios concert … Continue reading

Tracing the Ancestry of “Gasket”

“And Gasket, originally my take on industrial country jug band blues, has an inverted Howlin’ Wolf riff.  It’s a modern greasy blues tune originally about how I never used condoms as a teen.”  [from Beer Melodies]   I have been obsessed with the Moanin’ at Midnight/Gasket connection since I first heard an unnamed track (listed … Continue reading

Radar Solo

Obviously, Radar was a regular during the Summer 2001 RH tour with Heiko, Tony, Eddy, and DJ Logic; it also was on pretty much every set list when Chris toured Europe in Fall 2001 with DJ Big Wiz.  But Chris rarely played Radar in solo appearances; I could find only 7, mostly from radio shows. … Continue reading

Rare Tracks Shared by the ATCW FB Group

During its 5-year run, the All Things Chris Whitley group has been the place to share rare gems from members’ CW collections. To make the musical gems shared more easily accessible, I’ve created this playlist of rare tracks. Most of these are single live tracks available only on compilation albums.  For more live tracks, check … Continue reading