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HOTEL VAST HORIZON PRESS:

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"Chris Whitley captures heaven on Hotel Vast Horizon. Recorded in Germany with drummer Matthias Macht and bassist Heiko Schramm, Whitley distills the stripped, ethereal nuance that imbued his Messenger debut, Dirt Floor, applying just a bit of the spit-shine of earlier works such as Living With the Law and even 2001's Rocket House. Each song is dosed with enough hypnotic soul to render a listen rapt and unconscious (to be sure, the guy writes some knockouts). Whitley's spectral vocals and stinging, robust guitar and banjo work (who works a National like Whitley?) again transcend measure, leaving one to speculate as to who posesses the deed to his soul (surely, there has been divine, if not diabolical, intervention). These various talents comprise Whitley's actual gift: the avbility to transport an audience to a place of still beauty with ambrosial air. If it's not the heaven we're admonished to seek, then it must surely be the Hotel Vast Horizon."

Vanity Fair
"Chris Whitley has never stopped recording good, authentic work; that tradition continues on Hotel Vast Horizon."

CMJ New Music Monthly
"Chris Whitley is a master of the National Steel guitar, a difficult instrument that (literally) slides between acoustic and electric blues. It's a description that also fits Whitley the artist, always caught in the distance between styles... He sounds more at home on Hotel Vast Horizon's set of quietly captivating originals. It's a spacious, dark album, full of understated tension and simmering passions, focused on images of desire, corruption and wanderlust."

Washington Post
"Both the elliptical reveries of his lyrics and the push-and-pull tension of his guitar parts produce blues unlike any you've ever heard."

New York Press
"Hotel Vast Horizon is a fascinating new album from the ambitious bluesman, and is refreshingly direct."

Chicago Daily Herald
"Chris Whitley has reutrned to his acoustic roots on the lovely Hotel Vast Horizon. The disc's stark intimacy is reminiscent of Whitley's brillilant Dirt Floor, which featured Whitley alone in a farmouse on guitar and banjo."

Boston Globe
"Chris Whitley has been one of the scene's semi-buried treasures over the past decade."

RollingStone.com
"Hotel Vast Horizon spotlights the singer-songwriter's quieter side, similar to Dirt Floor, but with a richer, busier musical backdrop."

Philadelphia Daily News
"Yes, a lot of acoustic blues guys' music sounds alike. Not so the edgy, experimental stuff put forth by dobro master/vocalist Chris Whitley and his band... The acoustic country blues original and his band break bravely into Hotel Vast Horizon (Messenger), an intimate, eccentric set recorded in Germany with superb engineering. Grade: A-"

LIVE AT MARTYRS' PRESS:

Entertainment Weekly
Tony Scherman
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CMJ New Music Monthly
Matt Ashare
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Billboard Magazine
Bradley Bambarger
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RollingStone.com
Andrew Dansby
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All Music Guide
Stanton Swihart
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People Magazine
Steve Dougherty
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Austin CitySearch
Jeremy Reed
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Barnes&Noble.com
Roberta Penn
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Sonicnet.com
Bliss Bowen
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Guitar.com
Buzz Morison
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Checkout.com
Michael McLaughlin
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Weekly Planet
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DIRT FLOOR PRESS:

Billboard Magazine
"Chris Whitley's 'Dirt' Takes Root"
By Bradley Bambarger

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Dallas Observer
Robert Wilonsky
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Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29,1998
By Tom Moon

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Austin American-Statesman
**** (four stars)
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Guitar Player
July, 1998
Chris Whitley "Dirt Floor"
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Guitar Player
July, 1998
"Songcraft: Chris Whitley"
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Request
May, 1998
by David Sprague
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Guitar World Acoustic
Chris Whitley
Dirty Work
by Jim Coen
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Album Network
Blues Corner
by Matthew Lawton
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Hits
March 27, 1998
Chris Whitley "Dirt Floor" (Messenger)
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Guitar Magazine
Chris Whitley
Dirt Floor (Messenger)
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Smug
April 1998
by Mitch Myers
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Billboard, March 14, 1998
WHITLEY STRIPS HIS SOUND BARE ON 'FLOOR'
Acoustic Album Marks Artist's Debut On Messenger
By: Bradley Bambarger

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Raleigh News & Observer
Simple Interest
By David Merconi
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Chicago Tribune
Not quite the usual blues
By Greg Kot
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FOCUS Magazine
Chris Whitley
Dirt Floor
By Virginia Reed

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Spin Online
CHRIS WHITLEY:
Up off the Killing Dirt Floor
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Entertainment Weekly
Chris Whitley Dirt Floor
April 3, 1998
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Solon
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BY DAVID BOWMAN
April 10, 1998

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People Magazine
Dirt Floor
Chris Whitley
4/13/98 issue

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Hour Magazine
RED INTO BLUES
Chris Whitley Bleeds the Delta
by Carl Wilson

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Pittsburgh City Paper
The Long Way Home
Chris Whitley chooses a circuitous musical path.

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CMJ Music Magazine
BEST NEW MUSIC
Chris Whitley "Dirt Floor" (Messenger Records)

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Time Out New York
CHRIS WHITLEY
Wetlands; Wednesday, April 22

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SOUND BITES: Album Review
Wednesday April 15 1:13 PM EDT
By Gary Graff

Chris Whitley "Dirt Floor"
(Messenger Records) 4 stars

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UNCUT MAGAZINE
WHITLEY'S DIRTY BLUES: by David Fricke
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The Boston Phoenix
Moody blues
Chris Whitley's scrapyard lullabies
by Matt Ashare

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