Mandolin Man: The Bluegrass Life of Roland White (Music in American Life) (Paperback)

Pre-Order Now Badge
Mandolin Man: The Bluegrass Life of Roland White (Music in American Life) Cover Image
Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now


Roland White’s long career has taken him from membership in Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys and Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass to success with his own Roland White Band. A master of the mandolin and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, White has mentored a host of bluegrass musicians and inspired countless others.

Bob Black draws on extensive interviews with White and his peers and friends to provide the first in-depth biography of the pioneering bluegrass figure. Born into a musical family, White found early success with the Kentucky Colonels during the 1960s folk revival. The many stops and collaborations that marked White's subsequent musical journey trace the history of modern bluegrass. But Black also delves into the seldom-told tale of White's life as a working musician, one who endured professional and music industry ups-and-downs to become a legendary artist and beloved teacher.

An entertaining merger of memories and music history, Mandolin Man tells the overdue story of a bluegrass icon and his times.

About the Author

Bob Black played banjo in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and recorded with Monroe on the Weary Traveler album. Black later played with Buck White and the Down Home Folks and has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, and many others. He is the author of Come Hither to Go Yonder: Playing Bluegrass with Bill Monroe.

Praise For…

"Roland White is bluegrass music royalty. He is, without question, the most dedicated soul I have ever known when it comes to playing and inspiring people to look into the beauty of the music Bill Monroe called 'the ancient tones.' Roland is especially gifted at encouraging young musicians to look deep into their hearts and play what they hear inside. He is a great professor. I know. He was mine. In reality, I owe my entire career to Roland White."--Marty Stuart, Congress of Country Music

"Bob Black tells how a musician of humble beginnings successfully rose to the top of the bluegrass music business. Roland White's story differs from other bluegrass biographies and autobiographies in its extended discussions of recordings, the deep historical era covered--from the postwar years to the present, and the depiction of a musician's working experiences."--Neil V. Rosenberg, author of Bluegrass Generation: A Memoir

Product Details
ISBN: 9780252086403
ISBN-10: 0252086406
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Music in American Life