During a 2019 Musician Spotlight at the Museum, bluegrass mandolin master Roland White and his musical protégé, Americana singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, perform a selection of bluegrass songs that span White's distinguished six-decade career. The two also reminisce about White's accomplishments.
White burst onto the bluegrass scene in the 1950s, playing with his brothers as the Country Boys and later the Kentucky Colonels. In the 1960s, he toured extensively, riding the bluegrass and folk waves. A Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, he went on to play in the bands of bluegrass titans Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt. Eventually, he moved on to the Country Gazette, a progressive bluegrass group, and earned two Grammys as a member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Since the early aughts, he has led the Roland White Band.
Lauderdale made his mark in Nashville in country, bluegrass, and Americana, releasing more than thirty studio albums and writing songs recorded by Vince Gill, George Jones, Black Shelton, and Ralph Stanley, among others. In 1979, White and Lauderdale recorded an album together in Earl Scruggs’s Nashville basement; the master was lost for almost forty years before being discovered and released as “Jim Lauderdale & Roland White” in 2018.
For this program, White and Lauderdale (on guitar) perform nine songs, including "Dark Hollow" and "I Might Take You Back Again" from White's Kentucky Colonels days. Lauderdale also traces the roots of their friendship, which began soon after Lauderdale finished college and arrived in Nashville hoping to meet White, a musical hero. Joined by White's wife, guitarist Diane Bouska, and fiddler Brian Christianson, White and Lauderdale also perform "Forgive and Forget" from “Jim Lauderdale & Roland White.”
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