Wednesday, February 22, 2006

R.I.P. Chris Whitley
Do you know Chris Whitley? If not, you should. He was a brilliant singer/guitarist who recently died of lung cancer at the way-too-young age of 45. I'm probably not supposed to do this, but what the hell; here's an mp3 of the song I Forget You Every Day from his first album Living with the Law, which came out in 1991. Chris Whitley had this unbelievably soulful voice, and his guitar playing, particularly slide guitar, drew from the deepest influence of American blues and roots music. His biggest hit was probably Big Sky Country from Living with the Law, but he never pursued the easy track to fame. He pretty much eschewed it, making music that mattered to him. His styles ranged from blues to country to psychadelic rock to garage rock, but he always seemed most at home with an acoustic guitar. He released 11 albums, with a 12th scheduled to come out posthumously later this year. Check him out. The iTunes music store carries most of his CDs. If I were to recommend one, it would be Weed, which is just Chris and his acoustic alone in a studio. Beautiful stuff.

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