CHRIS WHITLEY Live At Martyrs' One of the 90's brilliant misfits, Chris Whitley delivered three albums for Columbia/Sony that combined desert blues, grunge, and sludge-rock. The latter two were dismissed out of hand by Sony muckety-mucks and stiffed miserably. "Live at Martyr's", recorded at a Chicago club during three nights last summer, streamlines the hotwired Whitley sound to one man with a Dobro and a grimy, overdriven amp. The 15 track set ranges from such semi-successful early songs as "Living with the Law" and "Big Sky Country" to a couple of new tunes, and plenty in between. Whitley puts out a magnificent din with his mixture of hard strums, fingerpicking and metallic slide. His sinister moan slips in and out of falsetto, adding extra menace to lines like "I'm gunning now/gasoline roll down her thighs". Whitley's a guy who took a serious beat-down from the biz and plays on. This is the roiling music of a survivor.