Chris Whitley - Hellhound on my trail (live)




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Published on Mar 9, 2007

Fragment from the DVD 'Hellhounds on my Trail - The Afterlife of Robert Johnson' (recorded september 1998, Cleveland-Ohio).

Quote from Ken Helie, Whitleys tourmanager at that time:
"So we show up on Friday in Cleveland, head over to the venue, just the two of us, bands and crews and gear swirling all around, just like it always was at these festival types of shows, and off to the side, just me and Chris hanging out, just a guitar, the trusty boot board, and a Beta 58 vocal mic to worry about. We get bumped from sound check, like we always did . . . so no one hears Chris play until we get called to the stage to perform. Now, as anyone who's seen the film of this performance knows, Chris turned in a rendition of 'Hell Hound' that night that was unforgettable. He was Robert Johnson that night. One man, one guitar, one boot, and he tore it up. As we were leaving, the legendary Robert Lockwood Jr. pulled me aside and asked if I worked for Chris. I replied that I did, to which he said,
'Tell that boy he plays like three men.' "


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