Chris Whitley, a 31-year-old nomad who has never lived more than six years in any one place, has released an album that's as tough to pin down as his past.
Mr. Whitley's "Living With the Law" (Columbia) is slip-between-the-cracks music -- not quite rock, not exactly blues, a stone's throw from country.
It's also one of the year's best albums in any category. One of its songs, "Kick the Stones," became the soundtrack for a torrid love scene in the hit movie "Thelma & Louise." And the album has already earned Mr. Whitley opening slots on prestigious tours by Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, with the latter due next Tuesday at the Capital Centre in Landover.