“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

Chris Covers Jimi

"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 11th birthday) … Continue reading Chris Covers Jimi

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. from Cree McCree-House of Boo (at a now-defunct website TheGig.com) Best Father/Daughter Act:  Chris & Trixie Whitley (Brownie's NYC 1996-07-16) Chris Whitley is the real deal, and the chance to see him make … Continue reading Chris and Trixie sing “Alien”

The Evolution of “New Machine”

Very few articles, interviews, or reviews of the Din of Ecstasy album mention New Machine - a song that many Whitley fans count among his best. Geoffrey Himes in The Washington Post gets the title wrong and misses the point: "'The New Machine' is a nightmarish vision of Orwellian technology." A review of the Din … Continue reading The Evolution of “New Machine”

Terra Incognita Media

Articles You can access a few dozen articles here. You can also learn more about Clear Blue Sky and its many iterations here. Bootlegs and Other Audio 1997 bootlegs on the Live Music Archive Radio Show at Studio Brussel (Belgium) 1997-03-13:   Radio Show at River Music Hall (Boston) 1997-03-19 - includes a rare performance … Continue reading Terra Incognita Media

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, including Chris's vocals.  Nothing added, no overdubs and no pre-recordings. In a way it's a live album.  On Insurrection M* (Matthias Macht) played a cymbal ON his snare - how hurried Chris was, … Continue reading Hotel Vast Horizon Media

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 Craig Street, who … Continue reading Dirt Floor Media