We respect your privacy and will never sell our email list to a third party. Support nonprofit, independent music journalism. Artist: Chris Whitley. Album: Dirt Floor. Archive Posted On May 1, It was produced by Craig Street and recorded live direct to a two-track analog recorder using a single stereo ribbon microphone by Danny Kadar at Blue Moon Racing Shop Whitley's father's barn in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
This recording was also released by Classic Records in two audiophile formats. Classic Records also released it in gram vinyl audio format. The import version of this album contains the following bonus tracks. Read the current issue of VG. On his amazing debut album, Living With the Law, and the followup limited-run live promotional EP, Poison Girl, he created a desolate landscape of ghosts rising out of his haunting lyrics, pounding National Triolian guitarwork, and blues-drenched singing.
After his debut success, he lost himself in the joys of overdriven electric guitar on Din of Ecstasy. This new album brings him back to Earth, as the title suggests. He deserves our admiration for following up his mostly acoustic debut, Living with the Law, with a pair of white-noise albums loud enough to make Sonic Youth wear earplugs. But he also lost his lucrative contract with Sony. Dirt Floor is as musically raw and basic as the title implies. With nine of Whitley's unadorned country blues and ballads Whitley has tapped into some deep emotional reserves; in his voice and in his guitar playing are ghostly echoes both of black southern blues and ancient Celtic hill music.
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