Howard White

Western Swing & Steel Instrumentals

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Drawn from across more than 20 years of work by Howard White -- from his first recording sessions of his own in late 1953 for Hickory Records, and sessions held in October of 1976 -- this CD delivers a neat 30 minutes of supremely sweet sounding steel guitar, courtesy of a man who started where Jerry Byrd left off. The later material has the smoothness of modern Nashville countrypolitan production, and benefits mightily from the presence of star accompanists, including Buddy Spicher and Pete Drake. The material includes pieces by Fred Rose, Bob Wills, and others. Curiously, the only originals credited to White come from the 1953 sessions, which also offer his most intense playing, and have held up extremely well sonically. For fans of either the man or the instrument, it's worth the purchase, offering a rare chance to hear one of Nashville's renowned virtuosi step out on his own.

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