Clarence White Essential Listening

Right off the bat, Clarence White’s playing is an education in the tasteful use of the StringBender. As an added bonus, the video is also illustrative of eclectic ’60s dancing styles.

White’s ensemble playing and lead work are fantastic. This is also a great example of his vocal prowess, and his solo, at the 3:35 mark, is a demonstration of his masterful off-time playing. And yes, polyester rules.

This intimate gig from 1973 offers incredible closeups of White’s acoustic playing and hands. Roland White’s mandolin playing is equally impressive.