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Jeff Lang’s Post to the Dust Forum upon Learning of Chris’s Death

Just ran across this while rummaging down a rabbit hole.  No better tribute from one friend to another, from one musician to another, from a fan to his idol ....    Chris first came out to Australia in 1993. I went to his Tuesday night show at The Basement in Sydney on the recommendation of a … Continue reading Jeff Lang’s Post to the Dust Forum upon Learning of Chris’s Death

Soft Dangerous Shores Media

  Whitley recorded Soft Dangerous Shores with bassist Heiko Schramm and drummer Matthias Macht, the supple German rhythm team on board for Hotel Vast Horizon (Messenger, 2003). Malcolm Burn was at the helm, producing and engineering the record in his Kingston, N.Y., studio. Burn's sepia-toned keyboards were also the source of the album's hovering atmospherics. … Continue reading Soft Dangerous Shores Media

Look What Love Has Done Playlist

One of the ATCW group's favorites, Look What Love Has Done, as Manual Destanque put it, "... jerks a tear from my eye every time. The first time I listened to it I was thrilled, love that song, love the story and the images and metaphors... And then there's the last bit of the song … Continue reading Look What Love Has Done Playlist

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

“Home Is Where You Get Across”

Danny Kadar has shared the first known recording of Home (New Orleans 1991):   Another 1991 recording of Home (courtesy of Danny Kadar):     Here's Chris playing Home with Bob Wasserman and Les Claypool on Wasserman's CD Trios (1994):   Chris plays LWTL and then Home (with Rob and Les) at the Trios concert … Continue reading “Home Is Where You Get Across”

Musical Influences: In His Own Words

Chris Whitley cites many musicians as having influenced his music making, ranging from the Desert Blues of Mali and blues legends such as Howlin' Wolf to contemporary legends such as Jimmy Page, David Bowie and Prince.  Below, in his own words, are his comments about the music he liked and how it affected his songcraft. … Continue reading Musical Influences: In His Own Words

Tracing the Ancestry of “Gasket”

"And Gasket, originally my take on industrial country jug band blues, has an inverted Howlin' Wolf riff.  It's a modern greasy blues tune originally about how I never used condoms as a teen."  [from Beer Melodies]   I have been obsessed with the Moanin' at Midnight/Gasket connection since I first heard an unnamed track (listed … Continue reading Tracing the Ancestry of “Gasket”