Uncle Phil to The Whites

Phil Leadbetter is now the resonator guitarist with The Whites, making him the lone non-White in the band.

Patriarch Buck White is on mandolin and piano, Cheryl White Warren on bass and Sharon White Skaggs on guitar. All three sing lead and harmony, with Phil now providing all the slidey stuff.

He says that is he delighted with his new gig.

“I am having a ball!! They are such awesome singers, musicians and human beings. I went on full-time with them last month.

We are heading to South Dakota this weekend.”

The Whites have been singing together for almost 40 years, and rose to prominence in the 1980s with a number of songs that moved up the country charts. Several were produced by Ricky Skaggs, who married Sharon in 1982 as his own country music career was taking off.

They were inducted as members of The Grand Ole Opry in 1984 and continue to tour nationally and internationally. You can find more details online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • fdwil111

    The Whites have earned a rare position in the Country Music field. They show the class and standards of the pioneers yet have a sound that is completely modern and all their own. They have my highest respect and their older recordings continue to be a delight to hear, years after being made. Why aren’t more of their songs “covered”?
    Most can’t do it!

  • Great news Phil, good luck to you and continued good success for the Whites….