Sad news: Texas songwriter Chris Whitley died of lung cancer this week at age 45, which is a damn shame. His newest record, Soft Dangerous Shores, is still unheard by me, but I was a big fan of his two discs from last year, Weed and War Crimes Blues. Here are the The A.V. Club's reviews of some of his earlier discs, Terra Incognita, Dirt Floor, Rocket House, and Hotel Vast Horizon.