Roland White is a legend. He’s been active in the bluegrass scene since the 60s and has played with the likes of Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, but he might be most well known for his 13 year stint with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, of which he was a member until he broke of to form the Roland White Band in 2000.
It always impresses me when you see and older performer who still has all of his chops. Mr. White is 72 years old, still performs live, and still give mandolin lessons to willing students.
Roland is playing at Grimey’s today, Saturday July 3rd at 5:00pm (beer:30!) to celebrate the reissue of his classic 1976 album I Wasn’t Born To Rock ‘n Roll. Well, maybe he wasn’t born to rock, but he was, without a doubt, born to play some sweet bluegrass mandolin music for us. Don’t miss this event. Did I mention that there will be free beer?
Also, Grimey’s will be closed tomorrow, so today is your last chance to pick up some new tunes for the Fourth. What are some good songs to shoot off fireworks to? I used to shoot them off on a lake every summer and I always got “Smoke on the Water” stuck in my head.