Roland White, a creator of bluegrass and country rock, dies at 83


At this time a quintet, the group appeared on the sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” shortly before Mr. White was drafted into the United States Army in 1961. They recorded their first album, “The New Sound of Bluegrass America” ​​(1963), while Mr. White was serving. (His brother Eric had then left the group when he married.)

After the death of his brother Clarence in 1973, Mr. White joined the Country Gazette, an omnivorous bluegrass musical group based in Los Angeles that also included Mr. Pedersen, violinist Byron Berline and banjoist Alan Munde. Mr. White toured and recorded with the group while releasing an acclaimed solo album, “I Wasn’t Born to Rock’n Roll”, in 1976.

He left the Country Gazette in 1987 to join the Nashville Bluegrass Band, with whom he recorded Grammy-winning albums in 1993 and 1995. In 2000, he formed the Roland White Band, whose debut album, “Jelly on My Tofu”, was nominated. for a Grammy.

A prolific mandolin teacher, Mr. White published numerous books and instructional videos with Ms. Bouska, who, in addition to singing and playing guitar in the Roland White Band, was co-producer of their records.

Mr. White was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame in 2018.

Besides Mrs. Bouska, he is survived by a daughter, Roline Hodge, and a son, Lawrence LeBlanc, both from a previous marriage; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Rose Marie Johnson.

As influential as the album “Appalachian Swing!” Proving of equal impact on the West Coast folk scene of the 1960s were the dates when Mr. White and the Kentucky Colonels played at the Ash Grove club in Los Angeles.


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