Back in 1991, Chris Whitley's debut record was a critical favorite played incessantly by indie record store clerks and praised for its atmospheric, consumer-friendly take on the blues. But for all of Whitley's talent on the guitar, he was an overwrought singer who shunned the limelight, and his sound was never easy to assign to a definable genre. Subsequent efforts found Whitley running from the accolades and persistent drug rumors, ditching whatever commercial goodwill he had established -- as if being praised (or accused) were reason enough to change direction. So... More >>>
Whitley returns to form with his new CD. Let's hope he
doesn't return to form out of the studio, too.