Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
Review of "Long Roots"
Sept 2014 Issue
by Bill Conger
David White is one of those people you love to hate. Already blessed with the brilliant mind to be a pediatrician, the Texas-native is also an extremely talented singer/songwriter.
On his debut album Long Roots, White’s storytelling and relaxing baritone voice take center stage with a few ace pickers providing impeccable accompaniment in the wings. Jerry Douglas (resonator guitar), Chris Thile (mandolin), Bryan Sutton (guitar and banjo), and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) along with Dan Tyminski (harmony vocals) are the musicians most recognizable to bluegrass fans.
While White plays a wide range of tunes from the musical spectrum, the only true bluegrass cut is “Smoking Gun” about a woman seeking revenge on her cheating husband.
Smooth black and shiny
She fumbles with the pistol in her hand
Rage wells up inside her
As she stares down at her wedding band
And she’s burning like a fire
She can’t take it anymore
She loads her only bullet
And then rushes through the door
The remaining songs on the CD are beyond bluegrass, but, regardless of the genre, each well-crafted song is delivered with such gifted finesse that you’ll want to keep it in steady rotation.
Bill Conger is a freelance writer and producer who has contributed to American Songwriter, Bluegrass Unlimited, CMT, VH-1, GACTV and TNN