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Bliss to Breakdown: Chris and Hiroshi

Bliss to Breakdown is a previously unreleased track included on  Long Way Around: An Anthology.  That album, compiled by Danny Kadar, includes the only known version of this song: a demo recorded by David Kahne in 1992 at The Hit Factory in NYC and edited and mixed by Kadar in 2002.   Lyrics: I got … Continue reading

Quick Guide for New ATCW Group Members

Related Links Bootlegs here  In 2013, the group began uploading audio files of concerts to the Live Music Archive.  The Chris Whitley Collection now hosts over 50 downloadable bootlegs. Blog posts and other goodies here  The ATCW blog, a companion to the ATCW FB group, provides “articles” on various CW topics, hosts content (e.g., rare … Continue reading

Pint of Lotion

Thanks to Stefan Thomas Lien for calling this one to my attention.  Turns out that the PoL on the Big Sky Country compilation CD is NOT the same as the one on the earlier Poison Girl CD.  Here are both tracks, plus a video of Chris playing PoL at Ohne Filter and another of my … Continue reading

Live at Martyrs Media

  Articles & Album Reviews All Music Guide ‘Live at Martyrs’ Showcases Chris Whitley’s Talent, Guitar Domination Whitley Lives Up to Live Show Buzz Bluesy Blooey Whitley Chris Whitley’s Road Less Traveled Fantastic Damage -Review of Vast Combo in 2003, but with references to the 1999 shows Several Short Reviews WXRT Interview:  Most awesome CD … Continue reading

Perfect Day Media

Articles Perfect Day review Boston Globe Harmonic Convergence (Acoustic Guitar, December 2000) The Dark Heart of Love (Jazziz, 2000) Chris Whitley Seeks the Inspiration to Redefine (JamBands, 2000-10-15) No source interview from the Dust Forums Album Review (Billboard) Album Review (Chicago Tribune) Album Review (NY Times) Album Review (People Magazine) Album Review (AllMusic) Album Review … Continue reading

“Offending the Ice Age”: Memorial Reflections on Chris Whitley’s Legacy

When a previously unreleased version of the late Chris Whitley’s Din of Ecstasy came to my attention, it was like accidentally unearthing a manuscript from the Dead Sea Scrolls of my personal narrative. Hyperbolic as that may sound, I’ve clutched nearly every one of those songs like a pillow at some crucial point in my … Continue reading

Memories and Tributes

To obsserve the tenth anniversary of Chris’ passage to “the other side of the world,” I’ve put together this page.  Much of it is comprised of things I’ve already posted elsewhere, but it seemed fitting to compile it in one place.  If you can recommend additional items for the collection or if you want to … Continue reading

Jeff Miers, A generation’s lost voice (The Buffalo News, 2005-12-02)

Some of these things you just can’t help taking personally, logic and reason be damned. No critic has ever been so objective as to fully avoid having a favorite, an artist who so fully encapsulates and expresses what that critic feels to be the zeitgeist, the tenor of the times, or at least, who so … Continue reading

ATCW Group Members’ Submissions

A genius gone way too soon by Jane Gallup I have so many memories of seeing Chris at various clubs and talking with him, but my favorite memory was seeing him play at this little club in Providence, RI on a Tuesday night, April 8th, 2003. I drove from Hartford alone to see him, not … Continue reading

Kelly Joe Phelps, “Handful of Arrows”

Play again, oh Tap on the board I could use a song here, now. Word unheard, none ever burned A room to set me in. Sing again, oh Throw another tale Walking out across our ground It’s cold behind this cabin door That high tone light it right. Stomp down, oh Show them your hands. … Continue reading