Recommended if You Like
Jerry Douglas Ry Cooder The Chieftains

Genres You Will Love
Country: Americana World: Folklore Folk: Contra Dance Country: Old-Timey Rock: Rockabilly

By Location
United States - Missouri United States - United States

Links Sell your music everywhere

David Dean White

I grew up in St. Louis listening to my mom's records by OSCAR PETERSON, GEORGE SHEARING and ERROLL GARNER. I had the good fortune of introducing her to Erroll after his concert at the Ramada Inn south of St. Louis. She was a huge fan of his and after they talked he said, "you like me better than I like myself." We all laughed!

In my teens I listened to KATZ radio and the Motown Sound of THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS and MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS. I went to Teen Town on Friday nights and heard FENDER guitars and amps for the first time. With the British invasion came the BEATLES and the ROLLING STONES.
Once a week I danced at the Starlight Ballroom to BOB KUBAN AND THE IN MEN and the band's South St. Louis singer, WALTER SCOTT.
I saw the KINGSMEN perform their hit "Louie Louie" at my first concert. Later, I saw the TEMPTATIONS "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", in their original line up, The SHADOWS OF KNIGHT "Gloria", The BOBBY FULLER FOUR "I Fought the Law", BILLY JOE ROYAL "Down in the Boondocks", The YOUNG RASCALS "Good Lovin", and RAY CHARLES "What'd I Say".
While serving in the Army I bought my first guitar, an electric MARTIN GT-70. Later, I traded it for an acoustic GUILD F-212 twelve string guitar. In those days I listened to The STEVE MILLER BAND, LED ZEPPELIN, JOE COCKER and THE MOODY BLUES. After discharge from the Army THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND with DUANE ALLMAN, LEON RUSSELL AND THE SHELTER PEOPLE, and DEREK AND THE DOMINOS had the sound I liked.
Eventually, I visited THE ROADHOUSE just south of St. Louis and heard THE ROAD APPLES, an acoustic string band. It was the first time I saw and heard a resonator guitar (DOBRO) live.

I moved out of the city to the country with an EKO 12 string guitar. I enjoyed LEO KOTTKE, THE JAMES GANG and GEORGE HARRISON. The first time I heard someone playing resonator (DOBRO) guitar on a record was on the album, WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN by the NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND featuring BROTHER OSWALD on dobro.
I drove my girlfriend and her friend Donna Roosman with her daughter Galadrielle to Lambert Field in St. Louis. Galadrielle is Duane Allman's daughter. Donna and Galadrielle were going on a trip to France after Duane's death. Surprisingly, while waiting there, I met RICHIE HAVENS who had just arrived in town for a gig at Washington University. We bonded after discovering that I played in the same tuning he did. D tuning, DADF#AD. He invited me to be his guest at his concert at Washington University that evening. While we waited for John Sebastian to finish his set, Richie and I traded licks on his Guild guitar in one of the classrooms of the school. I still chuckle today about the Wash. U. rep. giving me Richie's check for $3,000 during the encore. He thought I was Richie's road manager. Of course I gave Richie the check after the concert. He was one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever known.
Entered my blues period using open tunings and bottleneck slide guitar. Because I admired ALBERT KING, my favorite guitar player, I bought a GIBSON FLYING V and a PEAVEY CLASSIC 212 amplifier. I had the pleasure of meeting and greeting Albert after his concert at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. through my friend Ron Green. Ron knew Albert from the neighborhood they came from.
Wanting to discover my musical roots, I started going to jam sessions at the "Hitching Post" in Hartsburg, MO with my YAIRI, pre-Alvarez, flat top acoustic guitar and GIBSON D-60 dobro. I learned to play FIDDLE TUNES. BLUEGRASS, and the songs of HANK WILLIAMS SR., BOB WILLS, THE CARTER FAMILY, JOHNNY CASH, MERLE HAGGARD, WILLIE NELSON, plus many others. Also, I started learning how to back up a singer when I jammed with singers like banjoist "Doc" Barry Gainor and Darrel Gordon who had been an entertainer with Lee Mace on Lee's Ozark Opry television show on KRCG-TV, Jefferson City, MO.
I was fortunate to meet Missouri's world's greatest bluegrass dobro player, FERRELL STOWE, through Danny Rhoades. Ferrell and I jammed in his living room in Lebanon, MO. Later, I was honored to be included in the liner notes of his cd, Stobro's Blues.
In 2000 I became friends with DON HELMS, steel guitar player for Hank Williams Sr. and JERRY BYRD, of the Grand Ole Opry. Don played his Gibson Console Grande ("Ole' Red") double neck non pedal steel guitar on the most of Hank's hit records. Coincidently, Jerry played non pedal steel guitar on Hank's first number one record, "Lovesick Blues" in 1949.
Don taught me to "let the singer sing his song and then play your song" when your backing up a singer.
Jerry taught me to "keep it simple" when you play.
I moved to Branson, Missouri in 2006. I auditioned for a gig as a solo instrumental dobro entertainer at the Branson Landing. I was hired by Bill Lennon, brother of the Lennon Sisters of the Lawrence Welk Show and by Gary E. Bartlett, Founder & CEO of Midwest Concerts and Events, LLC. Also, since moving to Branson, I have performed on "The Branson Strip" with my Wolf Creek Band, the Next of Kin Band and the Three Old Friends Band and participated in projects benefiting Veterans. I am a member of the International Ozark Steel Guitar Association. Currently, I play at the Center Stage Grille and Bar, Branson, Missouri.
My cd's and music are available at
If you took the time to read this bio .......Mahalo!
Music can last a lifetime.