33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Clarence White's guitar playing was captured on a number of albums and in a variety of styles between the mid-'60s and his early death in 1973. Still, one cannot help but listen to the Kentucky Colonels Appalachian Swing! and want to hear more of White's fine acoustic work. Now, on 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, one can. These recordings were captured on a home tape during 1962, featuring no more than White's lead guitar with Roger Bush playing rhythm. This album, recorded two years before Appalachian Swing!, shows just how far his flatpicking had advanced. Most of the instrumentals are short -- from 44 seconds to a little over two minutes -- and feature well ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Clarence White's guitar playing was captured on a number of albums and in a variety of styles between the mid-'60s and his early death in 1973. Still, one cannot help but listen to the Kentucky Colonels Appalachian Swing! and want to hear more of White's fine acoustic work. Now, on 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, one can. These recordings were captured on a home tape during 1962, featuring no more than White's lead guitar with Roger Bush playing rhythm. This album, recorded two years before Appalachian Swing!, shows just how far his flatpicking had advanced. Most of the instrumentals are short -- from 44 seconds to a little over two minutes -- and feature well known tunes such as "Sugarfoot Rag," "Nine Pound Hammer," and "Sally Goodin." Some material -- "In the Pines" and "I Am a Pilgrim" -- is shot through with bluesy, soulful playing. Even on straightforward material like "Banks of the Ohio" and "Old Joe Clark," White shows an incredible sense of rhythm, timing, and melody. The oldest of warhorses, "Wildwood Flower," sounds fresh here, and perhaps it is because there is always a sense of openness and intelligence in White's playing, something that is absent from contemporary flatpickers who trade style for speed. The liner notes replace the normal biographical information with testimonials of acoustic players influenced by White, including Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice, and Doc Watson. For those who are already familiar with White, this album is a must have; for the unfamiliar, this is a great place to start. 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals is a lovely album from a master flatpicker captured in rare form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Rural Rhythm
  • UPC: 732351101920
  • Catalog Number: 1019

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clarence White Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar
Technical Credits
Clarence White Arranger, Liner Notes
Merle Travis Composer
John Delgato Producer, Art Direction
Larry Dunlap Executive Producer
John M. Delgatto Producer
Paul Tavenner Mastering
Traditional Composer
Michelle White Bledsoe Executive Producer
Carl Pepka Photo Restoration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clarence White's Great 33 Instrumentals

    If you like Bluegrass. If you like Guitar Flatpicking. You are going to dig this album. It is a must for bluegrass parking lot flatpickers. It's a good thing this is on CD because if it were a tape or a record I would have already worn it out. This is an amazing time capsule of songs recorded on a reel to reel recorder. Locked away in a vault for the years since Clarence White's untimely death, the songs capture his amazing technique in a very intimate session. It's just Clarence and a backup guitar. No band. The instrumentals are fantastic. My favorites are there like, I am a Pilgrim and Nine Pound Hammer and then there are two dozen more that I never heard him play before! Hopefully, someone will find 33 more songs, but I doubt that we will ever be so lucky again. I just wish that someday a fellow picker will turn to me and say, ''You know that break you just played sounded a little like Clarence White.''

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