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33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals

Clarence White

Initial release : 2000

Sierra Records SZCD 26023

The liner notes for the release of this collection of home recorded acoustic instrumentals includes a section of comments by Garcia.

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  • Wildwood Flower (A. P. Carter)
  • Master's Bouquet (M. Baumgardner)
  • Bury Me Beneath The Willow (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Black Mountain Rag (Blues) (Leslie Keith)
  • Billy In The Low Ground (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • I'm So Happy (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • He Will Set Your Field On Fire (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Sugarfoot Rag (H. Garland / G. Vaughan)
  • Nine Pound Hammer (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Cripple Creek (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Under The Double Eagle (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Farewell Blues (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • I Am A Pilgrim (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Country Boy Rock & Roll (Don Reno)
  • Forsaken Love (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • False Hearted Lover (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Black Jack Davey (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Banks Of The Ohio (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Jimmy Brown The Newsboy (A. P. Carter)
  • Sally Goodin (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Buckin' Mule (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Shady Grove (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Pike County Breakdown (Bill Monroe)
  • Old Joe Clark (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Arkansas Traveller (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Footprints In The Snow (Bill Monroe)
  • In The Pines (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Journey's End (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Pretty Polly (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Cooton Eyed Joe (Traditional arr. Clarence White)
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep (Ralph Stanley)
  • Randy Lynn Rag (Earl Scruggs)
  • Mandolin Medley (Traditional arr. Clarence White)

  • Clarence White - acoustic guitar
  • Roger Bush - rhythm acoustic guitar

  • Producer - Lawrence Dunlap, John Delgatto
  • Executive producer - Michelle White Bledsoe
  • Art direction - JMD
  • Photography - Mark English, Frank Chino
  • Photo restoration, color tinting - itieu (Carl Pepka)
  • Disc mastering - Paul Tavenner, Man Alive Music
  • CD booklet quotes/notes - Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia, Mark O'Connor, David Lindley, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Clarence White

  • Special thanks - James and Margarte Dunlap, Ugo Fastrez-Colomb, Bob Dunlap, the Powries, Steve and Lisa Young, Ben Leroux, Sandy Rothman, Michele Parker, Rebecca Birmingham, Tania Mitchell, Richard Starkey, Dan Miller, Etsuo Eito, Steve Pottier, Stan Wolfe, Richard Kalikow, John Kaparakis, Jim Dickson, Eddie Tickner, Brent Haesler, Dean Marshall, SD Ashley, Joel R Strote, Roland White, Rosemarie Johnson, Dorothy Ratliff and Roger Bush

The music on this release was recorded in 1962 on a home tape recorder with Clarence White accompanied by Roger Bush. The tape was part of Clarence White's personal tape library.

The notes by Garcia are an extended version of the notes used on the CD release of the Kentucky Colonel's Appalachian Swing release.

Clarence was important in my life both as a friend and as a player. He brought a kind of swing - a rhythmic openness - to bluegrass, and a unique syncopation. His feel has been incorporated by a lot of other players, but nobody has ever quite gotten the open quality of his rhythm. In the bluegrass world; the instruments characteristically are on top of or slightly in front of the beat. Bluegrass is a kind of forward leaning music. Clarence's playing was way in back of the beat, and so that added an openness that was really breathtaking.

His playing had a stately quality about it. He was influenced a lot by Doc Watson, but as soon as he got the idea of what Doc was doing, he immediately expanded in a dozen different directions. He also added a bluesy quality - you can hear that best on I Am A Pilgrim. He also listened to some Django Reinhardt. Clarence had wonderful control over the guitar. He could play at any speed - bluegrass tempos - and even double them up. He's the first guy I heard who really knocked me out. He was totally accurate and he had wonderful economy.

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