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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

“Mustard”: Chris Whitley’s Iconic National Guitar

For Chris Whitley fans, his seen-better-days National Triolian is the stuff of legends, an icon that immediately elicits images and sounds from Chris' musical career.  A handful of fans even have personal memories of this icon; alas, I am not one of these lucky few, but I've been blessed by their sharing those stories. For … Continue reading “Mustard”: Chris Whitley’s Iconic National Guitar

A Chart of Chris Whitley’s Tunings

  Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers commented that "[s]ome of the world's coolest music happens when instruments fall into the hands of people who don't know -- or don't care -- what they're supposed to do with them."  Chris Whitley didn't know, nor did he especially care, how he was supposed to play a steel guitar.  As … Continue reading A Chart of Chris Whitley’s Tunings

In His Own Words: Chris Whitley on Songwriting

One of the questions someone interviewing a songwriter invariably asks is "How do you come up with ideas for songs?"  Here, in the master's own words, are some of his responses. "Chris Whitley Interviewed:  The Law Man Living with the Lore," Graham Reid, Elsewhere 1991 "I love that rural blues thing, it's like an idea … Continue reading In His Own Words: Chris Whitley on Songwriting

Living with the Law: A brilliant debut, but the kiss of death?

Stories vary regarding how Chris came to meet Daniel Lanois, who was instrumental in getting Chris a recording contract and supported him during the recording process.  Did they meet when Chris was playing a NYC gig at Mondo Cane? One Sunday morning when Chris joined a friend on a photo shoot in a NYC park? … Continue reading Living with the Law: A brilliant debut, but the kiss of death?

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

The Life and Music of Chris Whitley: A Timeline

In honor of Chris's birthday this year - and in gratitude for the unforgettable music and the prescient insights he gave us, I've compiled this timeline of his truncated but productive life. I 'snagged' the timeline that used to appear at chriswhitley.com and then expanded it with many more moments and a lot of photos … Continue reading The Life and Music of Chris Whitley: A Timeline

The Wonders of Science v. The Abysmal State of Humanity

I tried to post videos from the Washington Post to my Facebook account, but encountered copyright restrictions.  So ..., I'm gonna try to post here so that you can hear what a black hole sounds like and see magnificent images captured. "When we come together, we can do great things," the astronomer says. Reading about/viewing … Continue reading The Wonders of Science v. The Abysmal State of Humanity

Weed & War Crime Blues Media

Because "straight from the horse's mouth" is my preferred way of understanding Chris and his music, I've gathered some of Chris's musings about each of these albums below.  I've also included excerpts from some of my favorite reviews.  To read the full articles, reviews, and interviews from which these excerpts were taken, go here. War … Continue reading Weed & War Crime Blues Media

Dislocation Blues Media

I've written a separate post examining the songs Chris and Jeff Lang covered on Dislocation Blues.  Here, I've compiled the articles, photos, etc. that I've collected over the years. Read over a dozen articles/reviews. Listen to an interview Chris gave while in Australia recording the album. Listen to a podcast from Jeff Lang about the … Continue reading Dislocation Blues Media

How Bruce Hornsby Came to Play on Rocket House

Chris Whitley made music with a wide variety of musicians; his side work was extensive, ranging from Chocolate Genius to Cassandra Wilson, as shown in this playlist.  One musician I was surprised to discover that Chris sometimes jammed with is Bruce Hornsby.  Yet, as a review of Chris's gig at Kahootz in Richmond, VA notes, … Continue reading How Bruce Hornsby Came to Play on Rocket House

Chris’s Guest Appearances with Bob Weir

Photo credit:  CW by Peter Lorré at Parkpop The Hague in 1992; BW unknown   In an interview about Note of Hope. an album that Rob Wasserman produced based on Woody Guthrie writings set to music, Rob briefly discussed Chris's involvement: [W]e had just been playing with Bob Weir back in the day. I introduced … Continue reading Chris’s Guest Appearances with Bob Weir

Some Rare Bootlegs – One Original and A Few Covers

As a producer, I'm really interested in interpretation," Street continues. "But most people don't even begin to put their own personalities into their music. Chris, though, has gone all the way through the blues and out the other side. He's really the only guy around who has that thing that Jimi Hendrix and Robert Johnson … Continue reading Some Rare Bootlegs – One Original and A Few Covers

Expenses and Revenues of a Representative Record Contract

Excerpt from Steve Albini, "The Problem with Music." The Baffler No. 5, December 1993 These figures are representative of amounts that appear in record contracts daily. There’s no need to skew the figures to make the scenario look bad, since real-life examples more than abound. Advance: $250,000 Manager’s cut: $37,500Legal fees: $10,000 Recording Budget: $150,000Producer’s … Continue reading Expenses and Revenues of a Representative Record Contract