In the United States, the top one percent of the population has over 15 times more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, as of late 2020: "According to the latest Fed data, the top 1% of Americans have a combined net worth of $34.2 trillion (or 30.4% of all household wealth in the U.S.), while … Continue reading More Heat-Seekers than Heat: Understanding Chris’s ‘Success’
Chris played a variety of acoustic guitars, ranging from resonators - e.g., his most-often used Nationals and Dobros - to standard acoustics, such as those made by Martin and Gibson. We are lucky to have a photo of Chris playing one of his first resonators, which Hiroshi Suda has identified as an OMI (Original Musical … Continue reading A Guide to Chris Whitley’s Gear 2: Acoustic Guitars
Here's an 11-song set whose origins are unclear. I think that I might have downloaded it from one of those monster bootleg sites, e.g., Wolfgang's or the Concert Archives. Both of those sites are notoriously lacking in reliable data, so it's possible that the date is wrong. Further, there's no venue provided. But it's clearly … Continue reading Mystery Gig: 1995-06-20
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Here's a short set from Chris's Din tour stops for the H.O.R.D.E. tour at Deer Park Music Center in Noblesville, IN. I think that we've finally sorted this out; it was formerly mislabeled as 1995-06-06. The person at the soundboard must have liked electric guitar front-center-everywhere! - Chris's guitar really stands out. Enjoy!
In the liner notes for this anthology, Bradley Bambarger wrote "The most compelling, communicative music resonates with a 'cry,' whether it embodies a wail of pain and despair or the not-so-dissimilar shouts of spiritual elation and sexual healing. ... [E]nduring music often echoes the real, remembered or empathetic cry of the listener. Chris Whitley's music … Continue reading Long Way Around: An Anthology 1991 – 2001
Reiter In was recorded as a band featuring Chris Whitley & "The Bastard Club": Heiko Schramm – bass guitar and backing vocals; Brian Geltner – drums, vibes, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals; Tim Beattie – harmonica, lap steel, and backing vocals; Kenny Siegal – baritone guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals; Sean … Continue reading Reiter In Media
Looking for something else today, I stumbled across Danny Kadar's 2015 ATCW group post, commemorating what would have been Chris's 55th birthday and sharing a SoundCloud playlist that contained a demo version of "Clear Blue Sky". This 1996 version of CBS was recorded at Blue Moon Racing, the Vermont property owned by Chris's dad and … Continue reading A Few Iterations of Clear Blue Sky
In March 1994, Chris appeared at the Rex Foundation benefit concert at the Beacon Theater, with a busload of fellow musicians:Rob WassermanBruce HornsbyVictoria WilliamsChris WhitleyBob WeirJohn Wesley HardingMatt HaimovitzJimmy ScottDavid SanbornGeorge RessiliMichael BracklerLou Reed Although mostly unrelated to our man Chris, the Rex Foundation has an interesting story, as captured in these sentences from the … Continue reading at the Rob Wasserman Trios Event 1994-03-26
So good, so raw, so explosive. Forever Young!