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

As Flat as the Earth Playlist

Lyrics: Well I knew you'd return to the other side And the day began, I woke again and died If you don't come around I'll know what it's worth How deep is the ground? As flat as the earth Well I can't refrain from talking to myself On a crowded plane, where nothing seems to … Continue reading As Flat as the Earth Playlist

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 Bliss to Breakdown: Chris and Hiroshi

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 Quick Guide for New ATCW Group Members

Live at Martyrs’ Media

                  Ray Quinn. owner of Martyrs' in Chicago, where Live was recorded over three nights (August 12 -14) in 1999, posted this to the ATCW group: When we made that recording, Chris asked me what he should call it.  I said: "Just call it Martyrs'."  A couple … Continue reading Live at Martyrs’ Media

Perfect Day Media

Citing Perfect Day as one of her choices as "undeservedly obscure albums of 2000," Ann Powers (NY Times) described the album as "sound[ing] like a secret conversation with the psychic succubus that keeps this innovative blues guitarist and singer on the run. Classics by songwriters from Bob Dylan to Howlin' Wolf melt like wax in … Continue reading Perfect Day Media

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

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 ATCW Group Members’ Submissions