Singer-Songwriter Chris Whitley Dies
HOUSTON – Chris Whitley, a chameleon singer-songwriter who oscillated between roots rock ‘n’ roll, blues and alt-rock, has died. He was 45.
Whitley died Sunday of lung cancer in Houston, according to his record label, Messenger Records.
The Texas-based singer was surrounded by his family and girlfriend, according to his Web site.
“I hope you all will mourn my brother’s death, but more important, celebrate his life as Chris was all about life and living,” read a message from his brother, Daniel. “I started the celebration by cranking up `Dirt Floor’ in his honor.”
“Dirt Floor” was Whitley 1998 album. He recorded eleven albums since his 1991 debut, “Living with the Law,” including this year’s “Soft Dangerous Shores.”