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Friday, April 6, 2012

Snowy White & Crane Brothers Syrah

Snowy White (born Terence Charles White) is an English blues guitarist, and in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated guitarists on the scene today. From the age of eleven when he became fascinated by the music of Buddy Guy, BB King, Albert King, and Otis Rush, he knew he wanted to play the blues. When he was old enough to leave home, he headed for London and made a name for himself among the local players for his clean blues phrasing and tasteful leads. Besides his excellent guitar mastery, he became respected as an easy guy to get along with, an often rare characteristic among musicians of his talent.

In the mid-seventies, he became friends with English blues guitarist Pete Green and they spent considerable time playing clubs and jamming together. Then, in the fall of 1976, he was invited to tour America and Europe with Pink Floyd as a part of their band. Later, in1978, he toured with the group as a part of their new show entitled, “The Wall.” When the tour finished, he went straight to the studio and joined Thin Lizzy to record their “Chinatown” album. In 1982, after touring and writing songs for the band for several years, he left and struck out on his own.

He assembled a new band with drummer Richard Bailey, keyboardist Godfrey Wang, and bassist/producer Kuma Harada to record Snowy’s first solo album, “White Flames,” that contained a timeless single, “Bird of Paradise,” that became his signature song. Bird of Paradise was later used by KLM airlines in one of their television advertising commercials.

Snowy currently tours with his band White flames, although he took a break to tour the USA and Canada with Roger Water’s “The Wall” show. If you like tasteful electric blues, you’ll enjoy Snowy White.

The blues calls for a rich mello wine, so I suggest the 2006 Crane Brothers Syrah. This is an opulent wine, deep purple colored, bursting with the aromas of black raspberry and spice. Lots of black raspberry notes follow on the palate complimented by crème de cassis. Let it air for an hour or so to catch all the nuances of this very nice wine and sip it slowly as you enjoy the music of Snowy White.


1 comment:

Rick Daley said...

This was a really cool feature. Pink Floyd is my all-time favorite band, and I've known of Snowy through his affiliation with them but never for his other work, thanks!