John Paul White

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John Paul White gets his groove back after COVID bout of writer's block

For a guy like John Paul White, the forced isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hellish. White — who performs Saturday at the Old City Performing Arts Center in Knoxville — thrives creatively when he’s connecting with those who gather to hear his songs. His 2019 album, “The Hurting Kind,” was a creative peak for a guy who was once part of a Grammy-winning duo (The Civil Wars) and is considered a contemporary of critically acclaimed songwriters like Jason Isbell.
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Barry Waldrep Honors Tony Rice With All Star Tribute Featuring Vince Gill, John Paul White, Darrell Scott, Warren Haynes, and Many More

In the era of modern music, describing anybody as the “greatest of all time” is usually met with resistance—if for no other reason than the ever-evolving tastes of both musicians and fans—but if the topic is bluegrass guitar players, there’s a universally correct answer to “who’s the best”; the late, great Tony Rice. Rice was unequivocally one of the most influential, inventive, and beloved musicians in all of bluegrass and Americana music, and after he passed away in late 2020, his songs and stylings continue to live on in the droves of musicians he inspired. This year, on the one-year anniversary of Rice’s passing, bluegrass instrumentalist and producer Barry Waldrep will be releasing quite the tribute to Mr. Rice with the 21-song, special-guest laden Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice. When looking through Waldrep’s list of friends, its apparent how far Rice’s music reached beyond just bluegrass. Americana greats Rodney Crowell and Jim Lauderdale and Jam-band royalty Warren Haynes and Oteil Burbridge make appearances alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Spooner Oldham and Patrick Simmons and country superstars Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. And that’s just a fraction of who’s contributed to this celebration of the music of Tony Rice. Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice will be available everywhere on December 24th and can be pre-ordered or pre-saved now at this link.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Cover Gladys Knight With Brittney Spencer & John Paul White

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit tapped Brittney Spencer and John Paul White to contribute to a cover of Gladys Knight & The Pips’ 1973 hit “Midnight Train To Georgia.” The song is one of 13 covers featured on the all-star Isbell and The 400 Unit Georgia Blue album with ties to the state due out via Southeastern Records on October 15.

PSC Lyceum back with live musicians, including blues artist Cedric Burnside, Civil Wars’ John Paul White as well as virtual talk with NPR’s Terry Gross

The Pensacola State College 2021 Fall Lyceum series features live musical performances for the first time in 18 months following a season lost to COVID-19. This year’s Lyceum series features a variety of musical performers, ranging from blues and folk artists to classical pianists. The series also will feature a virtual discussion with popular NPR “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross that will be available only to PSC students, faculty and staff. Lyceum features various mediums, including visual and performing arts, as well writers, poets and speakers.

Jason Isbell Details ‘Georgia Blue’ Covers Compilation & Shares R.E.M. Cover With John Paul White

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit recruited many special guests to contribute to Georgia Blue, a new covers album due out through Southeastern Records on October 15 with all proceeds benefitting nonprofit organizations Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight and Georgia STAND-UP. All 13 songs on Georgia Blue have ties to the state, including a version of R.E.M.’s “Driver 8” featuring John Paul White released today as a preview of the album.

Grammy winner and University of North Alabama alumnus John Paul White to join university faculty this fall

FLORENCE, Ala. — Local musician John Paul White is “fulfilling another dream,” announcing his return to the University of North Alabama to teach. The university said Thursday the Grammy-winning artist will be joining the Department of Entertainment Industry as a “Visiting Artist of Practice” in the fall of 2021. White will teach classes and host seminars on various topics surrounding the entertainment industry.