The Odd Couple: Chris and Warren Zevon

It seems an odd pairing:  Chris, a self-taught guitarist whose visceral lyrics were influenced by desert landscapes and an appreciation of French surrealist poets; Warren, a piano man (briefly mentored by Igor Stravinsky) whose lyrics often described viscera and whom Rolling Stone labeled "rock's macabre jester."  Chris, the offspring of a Madison Avenue ad executive … Continue reading The Odd Couple: Chris and Warren Zevon

“Bringing in the Sheaves” – Gleaning Song Inspirations from Stage Comments and Interviews

  Yes, it's a long, unwieldy title, but 'tis the season of harvest and Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so ..... A few years ago, I launched an ATCW post to document song inspirations that (primarily) Hiroshi Suda and I had gleaned from reading articles and listening to bootlegs.  Given that Facebook is a black … Continue reading “Bringing in the Sheaves” – Gleaning Song Inspirations from Stage Comments and Interviews

“Serve You” w Trixie (Knitting Factory, NYC 2004-09-15)

This video of Chris and daughter Trixie singing "Serve You" was originally posted to YouTube by Martin Tupper on the first anniversary of Chris's passing (2006-11-20).  I've tried to contact Martin to ask whether he has more video of this show, but have never received a reply.  To make the video more easily accessible to … Continue reading “Serve You” w Trixie (Knitting Factory, NYC 2004-09-15)

2017 ATCW Group Highlights

The thing I hate most about Facebook as a host for our group is that the now thousands of posts are presented linearly - no feature to allow the user to group posts by topic (e.g., as one would in a discussion forum), to create a chain/thread of related posts, or to easily/quickly access posts … Continue reading 2017 ATCW Group Highlights

The Barcus Berry 2522 Hi-Tek: Chris’ Guitar Pick-up of Choice

Many thanks to Andi Lechner for writing this post about one of Chris Whitley's signature pieces of gear.  Andi is a musician (singer-songwriter) based in Austria, where he fronts his band (Ghost and the Machine) playing resonator guitars. ======================== NOTE: This article should just provide information about the pick-ups that Chris used on his Nationals. … Continue reading The Barcus Berry 2522 Hi-Tek: Chris’ Guitar Pick-up of Choice