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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

Musical Influences and Covers: Other Recordings

Also indicative of musicians Chris Whitley admired are those he chose to cover on Dirt Floor, War Crime Blues, and Reiter In, as well as his invited participation on two tribute compilations: The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek and Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie. On Dirt Floor Kraftwerk: Das Model … Continue reading

Musical Influences and Covers: Perfect Day

Composed entirely of covers, Perfect Day is Chris Whitley’s fifth studio album, reuniting him with Craig Street, who produced Dirt Floor. The album covers songs from musicians as diverse as Lou Reed (title track), Bob Dylan, The Doors, and bluesmen Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson. Chris teamed up with Billy Martin … Continue reading

Musical Influences and Covers: Dislocation Blues

Doug Collette says it perfectly:  “kindred spirits in a sustained moment of inspiration.”  What better way to describe the magic that Chris Whitley and Jeff Lang conjured on Dislocation Blues. Background Jeff and Chris met when one of Jeff’s friends recommended that he catch Chris’ set at The Basement, a blues club in Sydney, NSW, … Continue reading