Thursday, 26 March 2009

The Essential Clarence White Bluegrass Guitar Leads

BLUEGRASS EUROPE, EBMA's official magazine, is proud to announce that Kevin Lynch, well-known mandolin player and freelance writer who now resides in the Netherlands, will review the latest, major project on guitar giant Clarence White in the June/July issue. His in-depth article will feature very rare photos and references to European tours of the past. Contact Kevin at KLbgrass @

“The Essential Clarence White Bluegrass Guitar Leads”

(press release) Roland White & Diane Bouska have released an impressive 102-page book and 2-CD set presenting the legendary Clarence White’s flatpicking acoustic guitar style.

The book includes transcripts in notation and tab format to 14 tunes (a wonderful cooperative effort by Matt Flinner, Steve Pottier and Diane Bouska). You also get detailed and easy-to-follow instructional text by Bouska, a personal and extensive biography by brother Roland, a large collection of photos (some previously unpublished), a heartfelt ‘Foreword’ written for the book by Marty Stuart and much more.

CD-1 features Clarence playing all 14 tunes in the book on his Martin D-18 guitar. These are home recordings made in 1962 by Clarence for his guitar students. These cuts contain only Clarence’s lead playing and one rhythm guitar.

CD-2 features basic rhythm tracks of the 14 tunes in the book by Roland White (rhythm guitar) and Missy Raines (bass). This allows you to practice your playing as you work your way through the book. There are instructions for a free software tool to adjust the speed of the tracks to your comfort level. This disc also includes CD-ROM video of Clarence -- complete with close-up views of his hands in action as he plays two songs from the book/CD. Plus a lengthy slide-show of amazing photos (including The Country Boys and Kentucky Colonels bands).

A fine retrospective of Clarence’s life & career in bluegrass music and a great treasure for all Clarence White fans, listeners and musicians alike.

Information is available at