ESTABLISHED ARTIST SPOTLIGHT - DON WHITE
Published: April 2009
By Freddie Morow
The story of smooth country crooner Don White begins in Tahlequah and the music scene around Northeastern State University. During the '60s, NSU twice made Playboy Magazine list of top 10 party campuses in the United States. White started playing fraternity parties, university socials and local bars, such as the long remembered Schaffer's. Don was up and rolling, never to look back.
Returning to Tulsa, Don formed a band he fronted which included eventual global music icon J.J. Cale. This led to Don's signing with promoter Jim Halsey and Nashville's A.B.C. Dot Records. Through the years, Don has copy written over 200 songs, including numerous hits for the Oakridge Boys and Rosanne Cash. He also played in bands headed by Gus Hardin, Debbie Campbell, Delaney and Bonnie, Leon Russell, Roy Clark, Delbert McClinton and Merle Haggard. Plus, he's toured worldwide with Jon Sun and Johnny Rodriguez.
Also worth mentioning is how well he fits in with other musicians of different genres. When asked about this, Don simply states, "I'm just one of the few country guys that likes to hangout and trade licks with rockers and blues guys."
This has manifested into a marvelous album (Daddy Bo) with his son, blues rocker Steve White. What a blend of country, blues and rock, produced by the legendary Tulsa artist, David Teegarden. Still sitting on over 200 songs, more good things are sure to come.
Lately, he still sometimes plays with Don Williams, and opens anytime possible for the sensational Dwight Yoakam. Currentland, you can catch his act at the Grand Lake Casino on the first Money and second Tuesday of every month. He opened for Loretta Lynn March 8 at the Mabee Center in Tulsa and he will be playing at the Crawfish Boil Party in Tulsa April 10, Mooney's Sunset Bar & Grill on April 17 and at Grand Lake Lodge on April 18. You can look for him in various venues in Tulsa in the Grand Lake area. Also hear from Don personally every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on KRSC 91.3 FM radion.
Most legends are not born, but made over time; this smooth crooner, guitarist, song writer, teacher and D.J. has earned his spurs into telecaster heaven. Don White has reached legendary status and truly is an Oklahoma icon. Find out more about Don, see a listing of his show dates or hear some of his music at www.donwhiteok.com