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 Tracing the Ancestry of “Gasket”

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 Rare Tracks Shared by the ATCW FB Group

Jeff Lang’s Cover of “As Flat as the Earth”

  The Japanese release of Jeff Lang's 2017 album, Alone in Bad Company, includes a bonus track:  Jeff's cover of Chris Whitley's "As Flat as the Earth" (Terra Incognita).  Because this recording is unavailable in the US and with Jeff's generous permission, I am sharing it here so that ATCW group members can listen to … Continue reading Jeff Lang’s Cover of “As Flat as the Earth”

Solid Iron Heart

  I never liked Solid Iron Heart on the Rocket House album.  Well, I should qualify that statement:  I was drawn in by Chris's haunting voice and entranced by the lyrics, but my ears rebelled against all the extraneous sound production in the album version.  I mean, really, why such noise should obscure such intense … Continue reading Solid Iron Heart

Short Playlist: At La Maison Des Allobroges in Cluses (2003-09-27)

  Soon after the ATCW Facebook group was formed, Christian Lacroix shared audio from Chris and the Vast Combo's 2003 performance in Cluses, France.  Christian indicated that he might have video of the full performance (devoutly to be wished!). UPDATE 2021-05-04 - Christian has shared a fuller set of seven songs:  

Chris with Pat MacDonald in Europe (Winter 1999)

    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 Chris with Pat MacDonald in Europe (Winter 1999)

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

Critical Reviews 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 … Continue reading “Hellhound on My Trail”: Chris at the Robert Johnson Tribute