Guitar Magazine
Chris Whitley
Dirt Floor (Messenger)


Dirt Floor finds vagabond Texas guitarist/singer/songwriter Chris Whitley
returning to the basics of just a man and his guitar.  On these nine songs,
Whitley plays alone on an acoustic National steel guitar and what sounds
like banjo, and sings his tales of wandering and the downtrodden in his
singular parched, melismatic style.  His picking and slide work are as
unorthodox and distinctive as the coursing of his voice and the bluesy
angular turns of his songs.  Whitley is never afraid to challenge his
faithful, reinventing himself from album to album, and here he does so with
ringing clarity.