Roland White Death, Obituary News: One of the bluegrass community’s most respected and beloved individuals has passed away. Roland White, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, died Thursday, a week after suffering a serious heart attack. He was 83 years old at the time.
According to bluegrasstoday.com, Roland began playing music with his family, including his sister, Joanne, while growing up in Maine with his two brothers, Eric and Clarence, a fellow bluegrass great. The family relocated to southern California while Roland was in his teens, and the White Brothers formed The Country Boys, which later became The Kentucky Colonels when Roland returned from military service. Appalachian Swing, their 1964 album, was a worldwide sensation thanks to Clarence’s creative guitar playing and Roland’s vocals.
Roland spent a year on guitar with Bill Monroe, followed by four years on mandolin with Lester Flatt, and his entire life was flipped upside down in 1973 when Clarence was killed while loading equipment into a car while on a reunion tour with The White Brothers.
He spent the following twelve years of his career with Country Gazette with his dear buddy Alan Munde, followed by another dozen with The Nashville Bluegrass Band. The Roland White Band was formed in 2000, and White performed alongside his wife, Diane Bouska, on guitar. Along the way, he released a number of solo albums, the most important of which being I Wasn’t Born To Rock’n Roll… in 1976. However, I adore cooking.