With Special Guest Kenny White
Astonished audiences often ask KENNY WHITE after a live performance, “How come I’ve never heard of you?” when in fact, the pianist, singer/songwriter, producer and arranger has been very well known in the NYC recording scene for decades. He comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey. After being hailed by reviewers from The New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, White chose, in 2001, to devote himself to making his own album, one that not only showcased his talent as a musician, but also as a lyricist. Friends such as Cheryl Wheeler invited White to tour as an opening act on behalf of his first album, Uninvited Guest. Both the album and White’s skill on piano and guitar, coupled with his warm and charming on-stage personality were met with critical acclaim. An early copy of his follow-up record, Symphony in 16 Bars, landed in the hands of Judy Collins, who then signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing the CD in 2005. She often invited White to open her concerts. The standing ovations he received in those large concert halls, encouraged White to follow up with the EP, Never Like This. His subsequent recording, Comfort In The Static, was released in 2010 to wide-ranging praise, landing on many “Favorite Album of the Year” lists. Long List of Priors, his aptly named new album, is the latest collection of original songs: indelible snapshots of the human condition, from heart-wrenching to hilarious and observed with the precision of a diamond cutter. As on his past recordings, Kenny White’s work in the studio enabled him to assemble a who’s who of musicians and guest artists, including David Crosby, Peter Wolf, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Catherine Russell.