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 Kelly Joe Phelps, “Handful of Arrows”

Melissa Ferrick, “Rest Now”

you wanted to be invisible so you got on stage away from the crowds back doors and bars your favorite place but singing is lonely lonely is dark but under those bright lights you came alive big eyes small hands yes you sang so beautiful it made my heart hit the ground bird on a … Continue reading Melissa Ferrick, “Rest Now”

Beth Wood, “Strangest Angel”

Strangest Angel (for Chris Whitley) The strangest angel whispered to me of distant shores I would never see flying above this other world capturing heaven in a muscled pearl My strangest angel singing to me of vast horizons and big sky country all hallelujahs and swirling smoke a whiskey sunrise the day I woke please … Continue reading Beth Wood, “Strangest Angel”

Fireroad (for Chris Whitley) by Max Heinegg

  1. What can you keep clear of all that can catch? I’ve found a fireroad wide enough for engines, to reach the reservoir. 2. I listen to his songs of containment. From one measure of ash, from one refrain, a secular blessing drifts, is granted. 3. As I leave the nightly fire, I give … Continue reading Fireroad (for Chris Whitley) by Max Heinegg

Sound Check: Tin Angel 2003-04-11

Here's the sound check bootleg that Hiroshi Suda and Heiko "Hesh" Schramm discussed on the All Things Chris Whitley Facebook page.  The "Frontier" fragment is in track 12.  Enjoy! Heiko commenting on Hiroshi's posting his cover of "Frontier" from HVH:  "Awesome, Man. Chris came out at the studio with it, we jammed a lil over … Continue reading Sound Check: Tin Angel 2003-04-11

Poetic Influences

He had also delved deeply into the surrealist movement. He dedicated his album Perfect Day to the surrealists Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington. "What I find exciting about writing songs is that they don't feel like poems because they're attached to music. I'm trying to articulate what is not rational. It's not even conscious half … Continue reading Poetic Influences

Some More Bootlegs

Was listening to 2002-07-03 Volkshuis (Gent, BE) and 1998-09-18 Quasimodo's (Berlin, DE Radio Eins Studio) bootlegs and was struck by a few tracks.  Here are a few from Volkshuis, including two duets with Trixie: Crystaline: Serve You: Clear Blue Sky: Chain: If there is sufficient interest, I'll upload the full set to LMA. And one … Continue reading Some More Bootlegs

On Being Baptized in the Church of Chris Whitley

  This morning, I began looking for a specific comment Chris Whitley had made about how living in Europe, and specifically Dresden, had shaped his personal/musical philosophy. Because I have amassed what must be hundreds of pages of Whitley interviews, reviews, and articles, this search entailed an hours' long descent into all things Chris Whitley, … Continue reading On Being Baptized in the Church of Chris Whitley