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  • Bluegrass Roundup: Roland White's Nashville Super Jam

    This show was on Feb 26th, 2015 | 92 people watched
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    • Feb 27
      Great show. Great musicians playing classic bluegrass and Roland White talking about the old days in Nashville.
    • Feb 27
      THe concert was top notch, however the microphone did not pick up their voices very well.
    • Feb 27
      Great show. Only one issue. It was difficult hearing Roland since he is such a soft spoken man.
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Tune into a live Nashville super jam hosted by the legendary Roland White. Roland will be joined this month by the award winning bassist Missy Raines, banjoist Ned Luberecki, Brian Christianson on the fiddle and Tyler Andal on twin fiddle and guitar. This is unique opportunity to watch an intimate jam session with Nashville session musicians.

Bluegrass mandolin master Roland White... more

Tune into a live Nashville super jam hosted by the legendary Roland White. Roland will be joined this month by the award winning bassist Missy Raines, banjoist Ned Luberecki, Brian Christianson on the fiddle and Tyler Andal on twin fiddle and guitar. This is unique opportunity to watch an intimate jam session with Nashville session musicians.

Bluegrass mandolin master Roland White has played in some of the most influential and popular groups in the music's history, and has played a notable part in creating that history. Springing from a large family of musicians, Roland and his younger brothers Eric and Clarence first played together as youngsters in their native Maine. Moving to southern California in 1955, The Country Boys (later to become The Kentucky Colonels) won talent contests, appeared on local television shows and even landed appearances on The Andy Griffith Show. They toured the country during the folk music boom of the early 60's, creating a sensation among coffeehouse, festival and college audiences with their instrumental virtuosity, traditional brother vocal harmonies and rhythmic innovations. The Kentucky Colonels' influence far exceeded the band's short tenure as an active band. Their "Appalachian Swing" album remains one of the most important albums of that era, a landmark in the history of bluegrass.

Moving from The Kentucky Colonels into a position as guitarist for Bill Monroe in the late 60's, Roland absorbed the traditional feel and repertoire from his mentor, the Father of Bluegrass, which remains a strong element in his music today. From Monroe's band, Roland joined that of another bluegrass pioneer, Lester Flatt, playing mandolin and recording several albums as a member of The Nashville Grass from 1969-1973. In 1973 a short-lived reunion of The White Brothers was brought to an untimely end due to Clarence White's tragic death. Of this brief reunion came two concert recordings that capture the excitement of the White Brothers' sound fully matured, after Clarence's excursions in country rock with the Byrds and Roland's studies with the Monroe and Flatt.

After Clarence's death Roland began a thirteen-year tenure with the progressive west coast group Country Gazette, first playing guitar and then mandolin, with such bluegrass luminaries as Byron Berline, Alan Munde, Joe Carr, and Roger Bush. In 1989 Roland joined Nashville Bluegrass Band, who distinguished themselves as the premier bluegrass band of their generation, winning two Grammy Awards and Grammy nominations on all of their albums. In 2000 Roland formed The Roland White Band, and they earned a Grammy nomination for their first recording, "Jelly On My Tofu". The band, consisting of Roland on mandolin, Diane Bouska on guitar, Richard Bailey, banjo, Brian Christianson, fiddle and Jon Weisberger, bass, has just recorded a new album entitled "Straight-Ahead Bluegrass". Roland has been honored by SPBGMA and IBMA for his achievements and contributions to bluegrass music, but he has no plans to retire--Roland and his band continue to perform and teach around the world.

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