I Wasn't Born To Rock'n Roll

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Mandolinist Roland White is a bluegrass lifer. As a youth, he rounded up his siblings, including younger brother Clarence, to start the Kentucky Colonels, who helped spearhead the West Coast bluegrass revival in the '60s. Guitar hero Clarence went on to make country-rock with the Byrds, while Roland played with legends like Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, as well as Country Gazette and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. But while White has released a few latter-day solo albums, his 1976 outing, I Wasn't Born to Rock 'n Roll, remained in the shadowy world of lost vinyl for 34 years before finally being reissued. It's a solidly old-school effort, where White takes on tunes like Flatt ...
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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Mandolinist Roland White is a bluegrass lifer. As a youth, he rounded up his siblings, including younger brother Clarence, to start the Kentucky Colonels, who helped spearhead the West Coast bluegrass revival in the '60s. Guitar hero Clarence went on to make country-rock with the Byrds, while Roland played with legends like Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, as well as Country Gazette and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. But while White has released a few latter-day solo albums, his 1976 outing, I Wasn't Born to Rock 'n Roll, remained in the shadowy world of lost vinyl for 34 years before finally being reissued. It's a solidly old-school effort, where White takes on tunes like Flatt & Scruggs' "If I Should Wander Back Tonight" and the Carter Family's "The Storms Are on the Ocean," as well as an epic-length (for bluegrass, anyway) medley entitled "Marathon," which includes pieces of everything from Jimmie Davis' "Shackles & Chains" to Merle Travis' "Nine Pound Hammer." There's a fresh, spontaneous feel to it all that's absent from too much 21st century bluegrass; while White never goes for any showy licks, he sings and plays with what sounds like every ounce of his heart and soul. He was on the front lines alongside some of the men who invented bluegrass, and he doesn't treat these trad tunes like museum pieces, but rather like urgent messages about the raw emotions at the center of American roots music. Of course, he probably felt closest to the lone original tune here, the minor-key instrumental "Powder Creek," written in the '60s with Clarence, who was killed when both brothers were hit by a car in 1973.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • UPC: 894807002400
  • Catalog Number: 2400
  • Sales rank: 321,809

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roland White Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Alan Munde Banjo, Guitar
Roger Bush Bass, Vocals
Dave Ferguson Fiddle
Kenny Wertz Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Clarence White Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Gene Parsons Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Jimmie Skinner Composer
Molly O'Day Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Alan Crossland Remastering
John Hadley Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Mike Richey Cover Design, Original Photography, Layout
Roland White Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Gene Sullivan Composer
Wiley Walker Composer
Andrew Baxter Composer
Guy Massey Composer
Joe Young Composer
Paul Thompson Cover Design, Layout
Leon Jackson Composer
Traditional Composer
Scruggs Composer
Sam Lewis Composer
Josh Rosenthal Reissue Producer
Odis Elder Composer
Martyn Smith Cover Design, Layout
Jim Bexter Composer
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