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“Hellhound on My Trail”: Chris at the Robert Johnson Tribute

  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

Chris and the Vast Combo at the Go! Room (Carrboro, NC 2003/04/15)

This is the second set only:   Taped by Joel Keller.  

Chris Covers Jimi [work in progress]

  “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

Chris and Trixie sing “Alien”

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.

The Evolution of “New Machine”

  An early performance of New Machine:   Recording (rehearsing?) New Machine at Sony Studios (NYC, NY)

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

Liberation or Death Bootlegs

Just because a great song is worth listening to in its many versions! Save

Hotel Vast Horizon Media

As Heiko “Hesh” Schramm recalls, “The whole HVH record is played live at Helicopter Tonstudio in Dresden together at the same time. Incl. Cris’s vocals. Nothing added, no overdubs and no pre-recordings. In a way its a live album. On Insurrection M* (Matthias Macht) played a cymbal ON his snare – how hurried Chris was, … Continue reading

Dirt Floor Media

“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 Acoustic … Continue reading

Musical Influences: Intro and Live-Only Covers

JJ Cale:  Old Man and Me If I had to limit my CW catalog to exactly one recording of one song, Chris’s cover of JJ Cale’s “Old Man and Me” for the Radio Bremen concert (2003-09-08) would probably be it.  Something about the guitar and vocal tone and syncopation of this track makes me feel … Continue reading