Mandolin Cafe has just posted an extensive interview with Roland White an early modern bluegrass pioneer who went on to become one of bluegrass music’s achievers in a variety of bands and lineups.
Roland is a pioneer of the West Coast bluegrass scene beginning in the 1950s with his groundbreaking work with and leadership of first the Country Boys, then the Kentucky Colonels. The live tapes of the band, distributed as underground treasures, showed the Colonels with a traditional repertoire but with a new and wildly rhythmically and melodically exciting approach. The band featured guitar wizard Clarence White; banjo spectacular Billy Ray Latham, bass whacker without equal, Roger Bush; and the brilliantly innovative playing of Roland on the mandolin. The Colonels singing style was set by the tonalities of Roland’s tenor voice – Mandolin Cafe.
Read the full interview at the Mandolin Cafe.