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About the video
Roland White plays "Eighth of January" on mandolin.
About the artist
Roland White (b. April 23, 1938 Madawaska, Maine) is an American bluegrass
music artist, performing principally on the mandolin.
At an early age, he formed himself, his two brothers (Eric and Clarence) and his
sister (Joanne) into a bluegrass band which performed locally. When the family
moved to California, the group won a talent show on a local radio station, after
which a television station hired them (minus Joanne) as "The Country Boys".
After a two-year US Army enlistment, he re-joined the Country Boys, now
re-named "The Kentucky Colonels". In 1967, he had the opportunity to join the
"Blue Grass Boys", the backup band of his childhood idol Bill Monroe. He stayed
with that group until 1969, when he joined the "Nashville Grass", the backup
band of Lester Flatt. He stayed there until 1973, when he, Clarence and Eric
re-united as "The New Kentucky Colonels". This only lasted a few months; he
and Clarence were struck by an automobile as they loaded their equipment into
their car after a performance. Roland suffered a dislocated shoulder, but
Clarence died in the accident.
White then joined another bluegrass group "Country Gazette", remaining there
for 13 years. In 1987, he joined the "Nashville Bluegrass Band", staying with that
group until 2000. After that he formed the "Roland White Band", which is still
active as of August 2007.