Born June 6, 1944, Lewiston, Maine; struck and killed by a drunk driver
while loading equipment following a gig on July 14, 1973, in Palmdale,
California. Clarence was truly a virtuoso on both acoustic
and electric guitar (co-inventing the Parsons-White Stingbender...a mechanism
that makes an electric guitar sound like a pedal steel... with Byrds drummer
Gene Parsons), and guitar players have followed in his footsteps ever since...Clarence
left us WAY too early.
Brothers (1952 - 1954)
Three Little Country Boys(1954
The Country Boys (1958
The Kentucky Colonels
I (1962 - October 31, 1965)
Toured with Gene
Clark's backup band (late fall 1966)
The Kentucky Colonels
II (December 1966 - May 1967)
The Gene Clark
Group (fall 1967)
Clarence White - guitar/vocals
Gib Guilbeau - guitar - b. Floyd Guilbeau,
Opelousas, Louisiana - formerly with The Four Young Men/The Castaways.
Wayne Moore - bass/vocals - formerly with
Rhythm Masters and The Four Young Men/The Castaways.
Gene Parsons - drums - formerly with The
Gib Guilbeau and Wayne Moore form The
West Featuring Clarence White" (1997) - Recorded by Gene Parsons
in 1967 at El Monte's Nashville West Club, this recording was originally
intended for practice purposes only...amazing electric guitar work from
Clarence using string-bender device he had co-developed with Parsons.
"Cajun Country: Gib Guilbeau with Nashville
Wayne Moore later toured with country
singers Garn Littledyke, Jack Reeves, Johnny Western,
and Vern Gosdin, and currently plays with Charmin and Gold Country
(Albuquerque, New Mexico).
Gib Guilbeau was later member of The
Flying Burrito Brothers.
Flying Burrito Brothers (May 1968)
Byrds (July 1968 - 1973)
The White Brothers (a.k.a. The
New Kentucky Colonels (1973)
"New Dimensions in Banjo and Bluegrass"
(1963) (with Eric Weissberg and Marshall Brickman) - later
reissued as the soundtrack to the movie "Deliverance" with
a couple of non-Clarence tunes (e.g., "Dueling Banjos").
(soundtrack)" (1987) - reissue of the 1963 album "New
Dimensions in Banjo and Bluegrass" with a couple of new cuts.
Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals" (2000)
White's Footprints on the Records - You gotta check out the "Clarence
White Chronicles"...Etsuo Eito from Himeji, Hyogo, Japan, has done
a wonderful job compiling the most interesting and informative facts you'll
find anywhere about Clarence White. Keep it up, Etsuo!
White (Byrd's Nest)
The Roots of Country Rock" - by John Einarson; published
by Cooper Square Press
- Let me say right up front that I have been a big fan of country rock
music ever since hearing the "Pickin' Up The Pieces" single from
debut album. Poco has remained a favorite
of mine through the years, although I always believed they were overlooked
as a significant influence on popular music into the 1970s and the "new
country" movement in the 1990s. Thankfully, this oversight is corrected
by John Einarson in his book, "DESPERADOS:
The Roots of Country Rock", which traces the history of country
rock's rise in Southern California from the early days in the late 1960s
up to The Eagles (unquestionably the most
commercially-viable country rock band of all time). Having previously
read one of Mr. Einarson's biographies on The
Guess Who, I was anxious to see how he approached my favorite type
of music...I was not disappointed. "DESPERADOS:
The Roots of Country Rock" is an intricate tale of musicians
struggling to be heard amidst the psychedelic and hard-rock sounds flooding
the airwaves at the time...and these early country rockers did make themselves
heard...The Byrds, The
Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons,
Harris, Poco, Buffalo
Springfield, Clarence White, The
Eagles, Michael Nesmith (remember The Monkees?...Nesmith
made some great country rock music after that gig was over), The
Dillards, Rick Nelson and The Stone Canyon Band, The
Dillard and Clark Expedition, Linda Ronstadt,
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band...the list could go on and on. This
book covers the early days of country rock from it's beginnings in the
late 1960s to the tragic year of 1973 (when the music world lost two country
rock pioneers: guitarist-extraordinaire Clarence
White and Gram Parsons) and examines
the influence this music has had on second-generation country rock bands
such as Pure Prairie League and Firefall.
In addition, the impact of these early country rockers on the "new country"
music of the 1980s and the "alternative country" movement of the late-1990s
and beyond is explored from a "roots" perspective. This is a tale
masterfully woven by Mr. Einarson, based on more than 60 exclusive interviews
with the originators and innovators of country rock. The amount of
information and level of detail contained in these 288 pages is astounding,
and there are 31 black and white photographs (some of which I've never
seen before). The only improvement that I would recommend is the
inclusion of a comprehensive index in the next edition (this would really
help in finding information on specific artists). Even though I've
been following country rock music for years, I learned a lot from this
book. The quotes gleaned from Mr. Einarson's interviews during research
for this book are particularly helpful in understanding the origin and
development of country rock. "DESPERADOS:
The Roots of Country Rock" is required reading for all fans
of country rock or anyone interested in late-1960s to early-1970s music.
Take me back to the Index...
Last Revised: November 26, 2001
Copyright © 1999, 2001 by Gary S. Hartman. All rights