Management, Promotions & Consulting

Clay White
Nashville blues harp player, soul singer, tambourine whacker, & shaker shaker.

 

Booking & Inquiries:
Plan It LLC
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
615.337.6873
susan.white@planit1st.com


Clay White

BIO

Born in Orleans Parrish, New Orleans, raised the son of a Baptist music minister in Kentucky just a stone's throw from Nashville, TN where he currently resides, Clay White was destined to be a vocalist and musician.  A natural performer, Clay took to the stage early at church where he frequently stepped from the choir to sing solos.  The early southern gospel influence took a detour through heavy metal and grunge but inevitably gave way to the blues, which Clay says is "the only music I hear in my head".  Clay's vocal influences range from Elvis Presley on the albums his dad played and Greg Allman on mix tapes his uncle recorded to Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes who he found on his own.  Other than singing and playing guitar, Clay's way of getting that music from his head to our ears is through the harmonica.  Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, & James Cotton add a lick or two to Clay's original & energetic rhythm-heavy style.  Clay hit the Nashville music scene by way of "writer's nights" at local hot spots like the Tin Roof, Losers, & the Commodore, playing harmonica with up and coming singer/songwriters and local musicians.  But he would always end those nights in Nashville's home of the blues, Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar on Nashville's historic Printers' Alley.  There he got to meet and talk harp with local blues harmonica players Shannon "Bayou" Williford, Michael "Two-Tone" Malone, "Roguie" Ray LaMontagne, and even Wet Willie's own Jimmy Hall.  Clay could be seen there frequently playing with the house band, or sitting in with national acts such as The Josh Garrett Band or Mike Zito of the Royal Southern Brotherhood .  It was there at Bourbon Street where he began playing with The Josh Garrett Band (www.joshgarrettmusic.com), who Clay joins on a regular basis in legendary venues such as Bourbon Street (Nashville), BB Kings (Nashville), BB's Jazz Blues & Soups (St. Louis), and The Slippery Noodle Inn (Indianapolis).  Clay also played with the Josh Garrett Band in the Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, Louisiana.  When he's not on the road with the Josh Garrett Band, or sitting in with friends from Martin's in Jackson, MS all the way to The Back Fence in Greenwich Village NYC, Clay can be found back at Bourbon Street on Printers' Alley in Nashville playing with his "brotha from anotha motha " Gil Gann (www.gilgann.com).  Gil and Clay play a "front porch" style of blues, where Clay not only plays the blues harp, but he also gets to show off his vocal talent.   Whatever role Clay plays in the band - harmonica, vocals, or tambourine, his energy is infectious and everybody, from the band to the crowd, is well entertained.

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