Roland White and Band
May 12th, 2013 at 8pm
At Viva Cantina
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank
Roland White is known as one of the few unique stylists on the mandolin, with his own unmistakable sound and touch. In his distinguished career in bluegrass music, Roland has played in some of the most influential and popular groups in the music's history, and has played a large part in creating that history.
The latest chapter in his saga of musical discovery finds Roland fronting his own bluegrass group, The Roland White Band. His gifts as a musician have delighted audiences everywhere: his vitality, soul, and infectious rhythm enable him to dance through his instrument. Add to this his mastery of ensemble playing, harmonic sophistication, and warm voice guided by a swinging sense of phrasing, and you have the legend of bluegrass that Roland has become.
Springing from a large family of musicians, Roland, along with 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 and appeared on local television shows and even landed appearances on The Andy Griffith Show. The Kentucky Colonels' influence has far exceeded the band's short tenure as an active band. Their "Appalachian Swing" album remains one of the most influential albums of that era, a landmark in the history of bluegrass. During the years the Kentucky Colonels were together, they featured such great musicians as Roger Bush, Billy Ray Lathum, Leroy Mack, Bobby Slone, and the legendary fiddler Scott Stoneman.
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 the Father Of Bluegrass that remains a strong element in his music today. He also took part in several landmark recording sessions while a Bluegrass Boy, among them The Gold Rush, Is The Blue Moon Still Shining, Crossing The Cumberlands, Sally Goodin, Kentucky Mandolin, and The Walls Of Time. From Monroe's band, Roland moved on to 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. Roland then 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. Roland's musical affiliation with the highly decorated Nashville Bluegrass Band, began in 1989 and ended when he left that group at the end of 2000. The Nashville Bluegrass Band distinguished themselves as the premier bluegrass band of their generation, winning two Grammies and Grammy nominations on all of their albums.
The Band will be: Diane Bouska, Bill Bryson, Herb Pedersen, Blaine Sprouse
The Concert will be held at Viva Cantina. Conveniently located at 900 Riverside Drive in Burbank.
Free parking across the street at the bowling alley.
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Viva Cantina. 900 Riverside Drive in Burbank,
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