Returning to Camp Bluegrass this year is Bluegrass mandolin master Roland White. Roland has played in some of the most influential and popular groups in the music’s history, and has played a notable part in creating that history. To his credit he has played with many of the legends of bluegrass; the Kentucky Colonels, Bill Monroe’s Band, The Nashville Grass, the White Brothers, Country Gazette, the Grammy Award winning Nashville Bluegrass Band. In 2000 Roland formed The Roland White Band and has just recorded a new album entitled “Straight Ahead Bluegrass”. Roland has been honored by SPBGMA and IBMA for his achievements and contributions to bluegrass music, but has no plans to retire–Roland and his band continue to perform and teach around the world.
Roland was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame for 2017. Roland joins his brother Clarence, who was inducted last year, in a long list of great bluegrass dignitaries enshrined in the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. Roland and Clarence were a big part of the California-based band, The Kentucky Colonels.