After her parents divorced, Whitley and her mother relocated to Belgium where she threw herself into artistic pursuits as a drummer, singer and actor.
At 17, just before her father succumbed to lung cancer, Whitley left school and moved to New York, learning guitar and piano and playing small solo gigs while working in a restaurant. At 21, she recorded her debut EP, the aptly titled Strong Blood, and passed a copy to super-producer Daniel Lanois at a Belgian music festival. Lanois, who had worked with her father, invited Whitley to participate in a recording project that became the quasi-supergroup Black Dub, which she fronted for nearly two years.After two more EPs — 2009’s The Engine and 2011’s Live at the Rockwood Music Hall — Whitley began working on her just-released full-length debut, Fourth Corner. Her smoky and supple voice is reminiscent of her father and her songwriting is clearly marked by his passion and power, but Trixie Whitley’s music is influenced by her unique and impossibly diverse experience as much as her richly creative DNA.
TRIXIE WHITLEY performs with Dumpster Hunter Sunday, Feb. 10 at Molly Malone's in Covington.