CHRIS WHITLEY Live At Martyrs' Whitley's unique playing style and tortured, twisted songs merge blues, folk and rock into a thorny music that, like a rose bush, threatens those who get too close but inspires awe from a distance with its beauty. As the title indicates, Whitley's sixth album is a live recording of the artist alone with his voice and National Steel guitar. The stark portraits he rips from within are as difficult as they are enticing. On "Long Way Around," his gnarled finger fury invokes Jimi Hendrix while his vocals recall Texas guitarslinger Ian Moore; the tumbling slide-guitar strummings of "Home Is Where You Get Across" are dedicated to his daughter. His songs display an anger, fueled by traumas of his personal life, and he channels his emotions into wicked playing that isn't about chops and technique, but nonetheless conveys a homespun intricacy. Two new songs join 12 from his previous albums and a stunning cover of Kraftwerk's "The Model."