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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1960s)
Clarence White (guitar, 1944–73) and his brother Roland White (vocals, mandolin, b. 1938) grew up in Maine and then California but they called their string band The Kentucky Colonels. That’s where Clarence pioneered the concept of lead acoustic guitar in a bluegrass band and became a legend to pickers everywhere. When Clarence switched to electric Telecaster guitar and mainstream country, he was hired to play sessions for the Byrds in 1967–68 and was hired as a full-time member in 1969. He was also part of the new-grass group, Muleskinner, with Peter Rowan, Richard Greene and Bill Keith, but Clarence was killed by a drunk driver in 1973. Roland stayed true to the bluegrass calling, playing with Bill Monroe And The Blue Grass Boys 1967–69, Lester Flatt And The Nashville Grass 1969–73, Country Gazette 1973–86 and the Nashville Bluegrass Band 1989–2000.
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