Brian Blade with Trixie Whitley

SKF NOTE: This Trixie Whitley video is also a fun look at drummer Brian Blade. – ARTS MUSIC
Trixie Whitley Learns Some Musical Lessons
Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late blues guitarist Chris Whitley, talks about keeping her musical independence

[O]n the eve of a North American tour, Ms. Whitley, 28, is releasing her second solo album, “Porta Bohemica,” on Feb. 5.

Her music is an eclectic mix of blues, pop, and R&B. She has a powerful voice, but also prides herself on playing drums and piano as well as guitar.

Music executives “would literally say, ‘We want to turn you into the next Amy Winehouse, or we want to turn you into the next Adele’,” Ms. Whitley says. Many wanted her to drop her instruments, saying they interfered with doing R&B ballads. “I’ve had to continuously stand my ground,” she says. “It’s definitely made the process a little slower.”

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