The newest addition to the LR Baggs 2019 Americanafest Sessions is Alabama-native and classic country crooner, Dee White. Filmed at the LR Baggs Soundcheck studio in Nashville, TN during Americanafest 2019, White performs “Rose of Alabam”, “ Ol’ Muddy River”, and “In the Garden”.
From White’s debut album, Southern Gentleman, are the jangly “Ol’ Muddy River” and “Rose of Alabam”. The session is rounded out with a cover of “In the Garden”, a hymn written by C. Austin Miles and made famous by Elvis in his gospel album, How Great Thou Art.
Backing White in the session are Benjo Markus (acoustic guitar, vocals), Jackson Miller (keys), David Ferguson (bass), and Mike McLaughlin (drums). White is featured using the LR Baggs Element Active and running through the Venue DI, while Markus is using the M1 Active and running through a Venue DI. The videos were directed and edited by Mike Luckett, with camera work by Dave Johnson, and audio mixing by David Brubaker.
Premiered as an NPR First Listen, Southern Gentleman was released via Dan Auerbach’s label, Easy Eye Sound, and Warner Music Nashville. The record features performances by Alison Krauss, Ashley McBryde, and Dan Auerbach, who co-produced the album alongside David “Fergie” Ferguson.
“On Southern Gentleman, White’s Roy Orbison-esque vocals spin into jangly country instrumentation, complete with steel guitar swells and grooving fiddle that complement the rise and fall of his silky smooth voice,” writes The Boot. “It’s not weighed down by production, making it an evergreen record that’s just as based in modernity as it is in the classic country music by which White is inspired. He’s got the sensibilities for compelling songwriting and a diligent approach that’s revealed throughout the course of the album, which sets him apart from his peers.”
In addition to Dee White, LR Baggs has released sessions from Jeremy Ivey and Lillie Mae to their 2019 Americanafest Sessions. Look out for more releases to come in the following weeks. If you need more music now, check out the 2018 Americanafest Sessions featuring Lula Wiles, Jay Buchanan, Buxton, John R. Miller, Kelsey Waldon, Molly Tuttle, Chance McCoy and Lera Lynn.