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Chris Whitley Concert Slated for Saturday, Jan. 25

press release imageMARLBORO, VT – Marlboro College is pleased to announce it will host blues guitarist Chris Whitley for a concert slated for Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Whittemore Theater.

Whitley is a blues rock guitarist, who plays slide guitar to his own romantic compositions. In his youth he was influenced by John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winters, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Afterwards he began busking on the streets of New York, before "trying to sound like Gary Numan with a dobro' for most of the 80s. He then relocated to Belgium where he formed a band entitled A Noh Radio, in which he played guitar synthesizer.

Eventually he returned to America and back to the busking circuit. However, with blues having come back into fashion, Whitley took up residency at the Exterminator Chili, a Mexican club, which resulted in management, publishing and record deals. He recorded his debut at Daniel Lanois' nineteenth-century mansion in New Orleans with Lanois" regular sideman, Malcolm Burn. However, although the album won approval from artists including Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan (who invited Whitley to open for him on European dates), it did not entirely satisfy the artist. "The songs on that album came from years of working in a factory and not having any money.

The independently released Dirt Floor was an acoustic album recorded in one day through a single microphone, returning to the spirit of his debut. Whitley travels the country performing and has a large blues following. For ticket information contact Mike Fitzgerald at fitz@webryders.com, (603) 357-1694, or (413) 774-6077. More information on Whitley can be seen at www.chriswhitley.com.

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