Blessed with a husky but pliant voice that conjures visions of a much more experienced performer, Trixie Whitley puts it all out there on Fourth Corner, (Strong Blood), her first full-length solo record. “I was born to listen to the oldest voices,” the 25-year-old sings on the intimate “Oh the Joy,” and she’s not lying. Blues is in her blood; as the daughter of singer-songwriter Chris Whitley, her youth was shaped by her dad’s nomadic career, his genre-jumping roots music and his untimely death. Until now, Trixie Whitley’s highest-profile gig has been in Black Dub, elevating Daniel Lanois’ lyrics with her soulful wail and keeping pace with the eclectic producer on a number of instruments. But Fourth Corner comes from a place deep within herself; songs like “Need Your Love” and “Silent Rebel Pt. 2,” with its organic blend of Eastern and hip-hop influences, tread the ground between love and loneliness. In a world filled with people who can’t see one another, Whitley provides precious illumination.
Fri., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., $12-$20, with Dumpster Hunter, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.