Jeff White-Right Beside You
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Jeff White
jeffwhitebluegrass@gmail.com

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With the release of his new cd Right Beside You Jeff White has honed all his skills as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. As country music historian Jay Orr says in the liner note's, "On this masterpiece of an album, some of the worlds finest acoustic musicians and singers stand right beside White. They join him on renditions of great old and not so old songs. With their presence, they demonstrate the respect and loyalty they feel toward Jeff."

Jeff White has been a part of the bluegrass music scene since the early 1980's. His style ranges from hard-driving traditional bluegrass to original material with influences of bluegrass, folk and old-time country music. He first appeared as singer and guitarist with Alison Krauss and Union Station. He recorded two albums with Krauss, one of which won the Grammy award for best Bluegrass Recording. White has since worked with artists such as Tim, O'Brien, Lyle Lovett, Patty Loveless and for 25 years has been touring and recording with Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. He did his first tour with the Chieftains In 2002 and has returned over the years to add his guitar and vocal style to their concerts. He helped Chieftain Paddy Moloney produce the Grammy nominated 'Down the Old Plank Road' and 'Further Down the Old Plank Road' recordings. He is active in the bluegrass world these days producing the last 5 recordings for fiddler Micheal Cleveland, who has been voted best fiddler for 10 years running by the International Bluegrass Music Association. He still spends time touring with Vince Gill with the bluegrass group the Earl's Of Leicester. He has had his songs recorded by Del McCoury, Dan Tyminski, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Dale Ann Bradley. White has recorded two solo albums, “The White Album” (1996), and “The Broken Road” (1999) and is set to release his third album, “Right Beside You”, in the spring of 2016.

TRACK LIST WITH CREDITS
 
Run Little Rabbit Run
 by David Akeman, Fort Knox Music, Inc:

Charlie Cushman Banjo
, Michael Cleveland Fiddle
, Vince Gill Mandolin, 
Barry Bales Bass,
 Jeff White Guitar Vocal, 
Shawn Camp Harmony Vocal
 
Blue Trail Of Sorrow 
Jeff White, Shiroisan Music, BMI BMG Rights Mgmt.
Charlie Cushman Banjo
, Michael Cleveland Fiddle,
Laura Weber Cash Twin Fiddle
, Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Barry Bales Bass, 
Dan Tyminski Mandolin
, Jeff White Guitar, Vocal
, Vince Gill Tenor Vocal
 
Right Beside You
 Jeff White, Shiroisan Music, BMI BMG Rights Mgmt.
James Alan Bartram, Pandurate Publishing Company, BMI
 Charlie Cushman Banjo, 
Michael Cleveland Fiddle, 
Vince Gill Guitar, Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
, Barry Bales Bass, 
Alison Krauss Harmony Vocal
 
The Cold Hard Facts
 Jeff White, Shiroisan Music, BMI BMG Rights Mgmt.
Ronnie McCoury, McCoury Son Music, BMI
Charlie Cushman Banjo, 
Michael Cleveland Fiddle, 
Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Barry Bales Bass
, Jeff White Guitar, Vocal, 
Dan Tyminski Mandolin, Tenor Vocal
 
Travelin’ This Lonesome Road
 Bill Monroe Bill Monroe Music, BMI

Charlie Cushman Banjo,
 Michael Cleveland Fiddle, 
Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Vince Gill Mandolin, 
Barry Bales Bass
, Jeff White guitar Vocal, 
 Del McCoury Tenor Vocal
 
Another Road
Jeff White, Shiroisan Music, BMI / BMG Rights Mgmt.
Bekka Bramlett, Blueberry Hillbilly Music, BMI
Tom Britt, Slugfish Music, ASCAP
Charlie Cushman Low Banjo
, Michael Cleveland Fiddle,
 Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Barry Bales Bass, 
Jeff White Guitar Vocal,
 Bekka Bramlett Harmony Vocal,
 Vince Gill Mandolin Harmony Vocal
 
Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow
AP Carter, Peer Music, APRS
Charlie Cushman Banjo
, Johnny Warren Fiddle
, Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Barry Bales Bass,
Jeff White Guitar Vocal,
Shawn Camp Mandolin, Vocal 
Vince Gill harmony Vocal
 
Carry Me Across The Mountain
Jeff White, Shiroisan Music, BMI / BMG Right Mgmt.
John Pennell, BMG Bumblebee, BMI - Billy Smith, Bats and Crows ASCAP 

Charlie Cushman Banjo 
Michael Cleveland Fiddle,
Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Vince Gill Mandolin
Barry Bales Bass
 Jeff White Guitar, Vocal
Cheryl White Harmony Vocal
 
Wise County Jail
Dock Boggs, Arrangement by Jeff White, BMI
Charlie Cushman Banjo 
Michael Cleveland Fiddle 
Jerry Douglas Dobro, 
Dan Tyminski Mandolin,
 Barry Bales Bass
, Jeff White Guitar, Vocal, 
Vince Gill Tenor Vocal
    
Climbing Up A Mountain -
Tim O’Brien, Howdy Skies Music, Universal Music, ASCAP
Charlie Cushman Banjo,
Michael Cleveland Fiddle,
Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Barry Bales Bass,
Jeff White Guitar, Vocal
Vince Gill Mandolin, Tenor Vocal
 
Buck’s Run
Buck White - Buckshot Music, ASCAP

Charlie Cushman Banjo, 
Michael Cleveland Fiddle, 
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
, Vince Gill Mandolin
, Barry Bales Bass
, Jeff White Guitar
 
Pretty Saro (featuring The Chieftains)
 Traditional, Arranged by Jeff White, Shiroisan Music, BMG Rights, BMI
 Paddy Moloney Whistle, Uilleann Pipes, 
Matt Molloy Flute
, Kevin Conneff Bodhran, 
Tim Edey Melodeon, 
Triona Marshall Harp, 
Michael Cleveland Fiddle
, Vince Gill Mandocello, 
Dan Tyminski Mandolin
, Jerry Douglas Dobro
, Jeff White Guitar Vocal
, Laura Weber Cash Fiddle, Harmony Vocal

Liner Notes by Jay Orr CMHOF

Right Beside You. A fitting title for an album by ace flatpicker, vocalist, and songwriter Jeff White, who over the years has stood next to so many greats himself, a welcome presence with his extraordinary talents.

On this masterpiece of an album, some of the world’s finest acoustic musicians and singers stand right beside White. They join him in sublime renditions of great old—and not-so-old—songs. With their presence, they demonstrate the respect and loyalty they feel toward Jeff. After all, he has provided stellar musical support as they pursued their dreams of stardom.

Vince Gill signed up early for the Jeff White fan club. Vince knows a good thing when he hears it. He drafted Jeff for his smoking road band in 1992, approaching Jeff with the invitation while he was off stage changing a broken string in the dressing room at Nashville’s Station Inn. The two have been musical allies ever since. On this album, Gill appears on every track but one, contributing high-energy chops on his mandolin, harmony vocals, and acoustic guitar.

Vince’s contribution to Right Beside You extends much further than the musical accompaniment he provides. So that Jeff could make the record he wanted to make—this is his third solo effort, after The White Album (1996) and The Broken Road (1999)—Vince offered Jeff the use of his well-appointed home studio, affording White a nice, relaxed setting in which to create without rushing against a clock.

Jeff made good use of Vince’s hospitality by surrounding himself with A-list players. Michael Cleveland has been the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year a whopping ten times as of 2015. Jeff watched him grow from a teen prodigy into a mature musician, producing five albums of Cleveland’s fiery fiddle work, including Flame Keeper (2002), the first of the young man’s IBMA award-winning creations.

Several of Jeff’s band mates in the Earls of Leicester (he joined the Flatt & Scruggs-inspired group in 2015) play key roles throughout this album. White considers Jerry Douglas the best dobro player in the world, capable of playing music that sings with the voices in a song, and sometimes even reflects the subject matter of a song. Charlie Cushman took up banjo at age seven, is a keen student of Earl Scruggs’s style, and works often as a duo with Earls of Leicester fiddler Johnny Warren, whose father Paul played fiddle with the Foggy Mountain Boys. Shawn Camp’s singing recalls the soulful vocal style of Lester Flatt. Upright bass player Barry Bales provides a steady foundation with the bass, just as he does with Alison Krauss’s Union Station band. Douglas and album guest Dan Tyminski also are members of Union Station. White is a former member and appeared on two albums.

In addition to enlisting a fine cast of musical peers (who, by the way, captured most of their tracks playing and singing live), White has carefully curated a twelve-song program combining traditional tunes, bluegrass classics, and original compositions that have a traditional feel. Hot Rize’s Pete Wernick once told Jeff that “bluegrass needs new songs,” and Jeff has taken the observation to heart. ”Blue Trail of Sorrow” was the first song he wrote, in the late Eighties, and Krauss recorded it. In the version here, talented fiddler Laura Weber Cash proves herself to be a member of the small group of elite fiddlers capable of matching Michael Cleveland with some nifty twin fiddling.

White originals “Right Beside You” (with Krauss singing harmony and Ronnie McCoury playing mandolin) and “Another Road” explore personal experiences related to love and loss. Jeff co-wrote the latter with Bekka Bramlett and Tom Britt, and it features the soulful Bramlett, daughter of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, on harmony vocals with White and Vince Gill.

“The Cold Hard Facts,” written by Jeff and Ronnie McCoury, was the title track on a 1996 album by the Del McCoury Band, and Tyminski joins in on tenor vocal and mandolin here. “Carry Me Across the Mountain,” inspired by a story from the late traditional singer Hazel Dickens’s childhood, was the title track on Tyminski’s 2000 solo release, and here features Cheryl White of the Whites (no relation to Jeff) on harmony vocal.

“Run Little Rabbit Run” starts the proceedings at full tilt. White saw country comedian David “Stringbean” Akeman perform the song on an archival clip of the Flatt & Scruggs TV show that aired from the late Fifties to the early Sixties. Akeman played his banjo in the old-time clawhammer style, and Earl Scruggs delighted in switching to guitar to provide accompaniment. Charlie Cushman moved to an open G tuning (“She’s gonna scream!”) and White awarded Shawn Camp the tenor vocal part when Camp expressed his affection for the song.

Both Flatt & Scruggs and the Country Gentlemen covered the Carter Family tune “I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow” in the early Sixties, turning it into a bluegrass standard. “Travelin’ This Lonesome Road” comes from Bill Monroe, who recorded it in 1959, with Mac Wiseman singing lead. Former Blue Grass Boy Del McCoury adds the tenor vocal to Jeff’s lead here. White’s arrangement of Tim O’Brien’s “Climbing Up a Mountain,” from the 1996 album Rock in My Shoe, moves the song from old-time to bluegrass. Ronnie McCoury and Gill share mandolin duties on “Buck’s Run,” in tribute to its composer, the great Buck White.

Traditional musician Dock Boggs is the source for the bluesy “Wise County Jail,” written by Boggs in 1928 and captured by Mike Seeger in a 1964 recording session at the home of Boggs’s sister, near Wise, Virginia. “I sure don’t mean any reflection on our present law enforcement or judges or anything of our state on account of making this song,” Boggs said. While he admitted to spending a night or two in jail in his lifetime, Boggs said he never had a prison sentence.

Laura Weber Cash contributes beautiful harmony, and the Chieftains, with whom Jeff has performed off and on for twelve years, add a Celtic touch to the lovely ballad “Pretty Saro.” White heard the song sung by Doc Watson in the film documentary Three Days with Doc
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  • Sounds Like:
    Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp
  • Influences:
    Vince Gill, Doc Watson, Tony Rice
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