• “Gaiete Acadienne”
  • “Hot Flash on the Highway”
  • “Jelly On My Tofu”
  • “Powder Creek”
  • “Roland’s Rag”
  • “Rose City Waltz”

Early Influences

  • Family (father and uncles)
  • Bill Monroe
  • Flatt & Scruggs
  • Stanley Brothers
  • Osborne Brothers
  • Reno and Smiley

From the Archives

It was Christmas Eve of 1956 on a show called Town Hall Party, I was watching him [Bill Monroe] and I had my mandolin in hand. In fact, that’s how I learned to do mandolin chords. It was a real eye opener to see how Monroe was holding his hands.
Quoted by Joe Romano in “Roland White—A Voice in the Inner Circle,” Bluegrass Now, September/October 1996.
Clarence called me in early ‘73 when I was still with Lester Flatt and told me he was out of the Byrds. He said Eddie Ticknor, who was the manager for the Byrds, was going to manage him, and he had quite a few places in Europe he could put us. Clarence asked me if I was interested, and how was the job going with Lester. I said, ‘OK, but it’s been about four years.’ We could go to Europe, get Eric [brother Eric White] and Herb Pedersen to do it. I said, ‘All it takes is you telling me we’re doing it, and I’ll turn in my notice.’ Four years is a good amount of time, and I really wanted to play with Clarence. And it happened.
Quoted by Bob Moses in “A Record of His Own: Roland White’s Solo Reissued,” No Depression, posted June 2, 2010.