Roland White

Roland White

Roland White has played in some of the most influential and popular groups in Bluegrass history, and played a notable part in creating that history.  Roland and his brothers Eric and Clarence first played together as youngsters in their native Maine.  In California, as the Country Boys, they won talent contests, appeared on local television shows and even landed appearances on the Andy Griffith Show.  As the Kentucky Colonels, they toured the country during the folk music boom of the early 60’s, creating a sensation among coffeehouse, festival and college audiences.  Roland later served as guitarist for Bill Monroe in the late 60’s, played mandolin with Lester Flatt, as a member of the Nashville Grass from 1969-1973.  He also played with renowned bands including Country Gazette and the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Bluegrass Band.  In 2000, Roland formed the Roland White Band, which earned a Grammy nomination for it’s first recording, “Jelly On My Tofu.”  Roland has been honored by the SPBGMA and the IBMA for his achievements and contributions to bluegrass music, but he has no plans to retire — Roland continues to perform and teach around the world.