Richard “White Boy” White is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter delivering a unique blend of Piedmont Finger style, Delta, Memphis and Swing to audiences all over the world.
From his humble beginnings in the coffee houses of his hometown Philadelphia, he made his way to Europe to tour through Norway and Holland before returning to the states to study with the master of the eight-string classical guitar, David Harris. Over the years he has shared stages and licks with many world-class musicians, and credits his mentor David Harris with helping to shape his take on the world.
The road eventually took him to New Orleans, a period which had a profound influence on his style and outlook, but ultimately it was the move to Spain that was to be the ultimate turning point. It was there that he was introduced to “Junior Blues Charley”, with whom he formed the blues duo Pig Fat: the satisfying combination of White Boy’s deep tenor and Junior’s fresh take on a much-loved genre is the musical equivalent of soul food – a must-have experience both live and on record.
In much the same way as did blues legend Robert Belfour, White Boy began his recording career later in life, releasing an album with Pig Fat titled Shadow of the Night in November 2013. His follow up will come in the form of a long-awaited and much anticipated debut solo album “Till I Find My Dying Bed” which is slated for release in 2016.
Besides travelling the world with guitar in tow, White Boy is an acclaimed visual artist and sculptor with many international exhibitions to his credit, his works much lauded by critics, art lovers and his peers. He founded the Tarragona Blues Festival in 2010 to showcase international as well as emerging blues artists, a festival in which his Pig Fat partner, Junior, also plays a vital role. He’s currently living in Tarragona with his wife Pili.