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While music has always been an important and ever-present part of bassist Bryan White's life, the fact that he has made a career - sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time - out of music is a pleasant surprise for him.
A late-bloomer musically, Bryan didn't pick up the electric bass until 1997, adding fretless electric to his arsenal just a year or so after that, and then started playing upright bass in 2000. A childhood friend's dad was a bass player and always had basses around when they would spend time hanging out, and eventually gave Bryan his first bass lessons.
Though he grew up in the foothills of Western North Carolina, with MerleFest and the sounds of bluegrass and Americana practically in his backyard, his real musical influences were actually far removed from that cultural and musical fabric. An early love of Jazz/Rock and other styles (Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Steely Dan) helped forge a love of music that would lay the groundwork for later musical pursuits.
Studies at UNC-Asheville led to a degree in Music/Jazz Studies and Multimedia Arts, where studio recording time helped foster his interest in and love for knowing how to help produce and secure the best bass sound possible in studio sessions. It also helped lay the groundwork for a host of networking opportunities that have paid big dividends to this day.
Now firmly established as a part of the Asheville and Western NC music scene and bass community, Bryan has put to good use all of the diverse musical influences he absorbed early on.
His eclectic tastes and talents have brought him in contact with musicians and styles from both coasts, ranging from West Coast Jazz/Fusion and AOR to Folk/Country/Bluegrass and NYC Jazz here on the East Coast. No stranger to rock n' roll, Bryan has even played in a few straight-ahead/alternative rock bands in his day as well. In such an eclectic, burgeoning music scene, diversity is the key to being successful and in-demand.
For 2013, Bryan's projects include continued promotion of his new solo/ambient CD 'Grey Matters', a new studio disc by Brushfire Stankgrass, and the addition of more freelance jazz work to his schedule, focusing more on acoustic bass.
(Past or on Hiatus...)
The Chronology Trio – 2002-2006
Kellin Watson Band – 2003-2006
Done For The Evening – 2006-2010
Lyndsay Wojcik (Trio/Duo) – 2007-2010
Nikki Talley Band – 2008-2011
Leigh Glass & The Hazards – 2007-2012
Brushfire Stankgrass – 2006-2013
No current full-time projects - FOR HIRE!
Kellin Watson – Red Flag – 2005
Done For The Evening – Live Colours 2006
Steel String Theory - North Buncombe Sessions - 2006
Lyndsay Wojcik – Local Honey – 2007
Robert DiMaio - The Beauty Junkies - 2007
Peter Bergquist (Tallpaw) – Branded - 2008
Brushfire Stankgrass – One For The Salamanders – 2010
Leigh Glass & The Hazards – The Drone – 2010
Nikki Talley – Beautiful Charmer – 2010
Mended Heart Records ‘Band Together’ 2011 – with Brushfire Stankgrass (Panthertown)
Leigh Glass & The Hazards – Something In The Water - 2011
Brushfire Stankgrass - Microclimates - 2013