It’s a beautiful late spring evening here in Nebraska so how about we slide into the week with the smooth guitar sounds of Peter White. He grew up in the sleepy little English town of Letchworth Garden City in the 1960s, and first got interested in music while listening to the Beatles on the radio. His parents bought him an acoustic guitar when he was eight and he taught himself to play. One day in 1967 he heard the Jimi Hendrix song “Purple Haze” and since he’d never heard sounds like that coming out of my acoustic guitar, he switched to electric. He studied the works of Hendrix, Clapton and Page, but his rock star dreams were put on hold when his was burned in a fire. With few alternatives, he returned to playing acoustic guitar and developed a love for the instrument, a feeling that continues to this day. He found inspiration in the music of Crosby Stills and Nash, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell who were all playing acoustic guitar based music.
In 1975, at the age of 20, he was recommended to Al Stewart who asked him to join his band on tour. That summer he spent considerable time at Abbey Road studio in London, working with Al on the “Year of the Cat” album, which became a million seller. It was the beginning of a musical collaboration that was to last 20 years, during which time they wrote and recorded many songs together, including Al’s 1978 Top Ten hit “Time Passages”.
As well as recording his own music, Peter has performed on recordings by many jazz greats including Dave Koz, Gato Barbieri, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Craig Chaquico, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Third Force, The Rippingtons, Kirk Whalum, Boney James and Marc Antoine. I find his music a balm for the soul and so will you.
Caravan of Dreams: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPUuN9Ft4rI&feature=related
Midnight in Manhattan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hApx-ufwmpg&feature=related
Who’s that Lady: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jTrZnpA3Zs&feature=related
Papa was a Rolling Stone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA0BlmcMQWc&feature=related
What does it take: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPEiJAMa_j0&feature=related
Coast Road Drive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxpN9Dezic&feature=relmfu
The weather and music calls for a light summer wine, so tonight I’m drinking a 2009 Domaine Vincent Ricard "Le Bouc" ($14.00). This is a French Sauvignon Blanc, pale.green-yellow color, with citrus, peach and green apples on the nose. Lively on entry with a beautiful mouth feel full of green apples and citrus. Nice minerality leads to a mouthwatering finish with excellent persistence. Very crisp and refreshing. A great wine for relaxing on the deck with a sky full of stars and the sounds of Peter White drifting on the cool spring breeze. Enjoy!