SNOWY WHITE AND THE WHITE FLAMES
SNOWY WHITE AND THE WHITE FLAMES release new album ‘Something On Me’ on 9th October.
Snowy White is one of a handful of classic blues-orientated British electric guitar players – musicians whose sound, technique and style has echoed the originality of the blues with the excitement of contemporary rock.
He has developed his own style of ‘English’ blues, a combination of clear, clean blues phrases and harder-edged riffs that are a recognisable feature of his very personal songs.
In the seventies he toured the east coast of America, getting as far south as New Orleans and discovering that he thoroughly enjoyed being ‘on the road’. He had by then become friendly with the now legendary English blues guitarist Peter Green and they spent a lot of time jamming together. In the Autumn of 1976 he was invited to tour America and Europe with Pink Floyd as their first augmenting musician, a gig which took up most of his time throughout 1977. In 1978, the band’s keyboard player Rick Wright asked him to play guitar on his solo album, entitled ‘Wet Dream’, which he recorded in the South of France.
In 1979, Peter Green decided to head for the studio once more and invited Snowy and his band along to jam. The result was the album entitled ‘In the Skies’, now something of a collector’s item.
He was then asked by Pink Floyd to go to America to rehearse their new show entitled ‘The Wall’, and, at the same time, the rock band Thin Lizzy invited him to become a full-time member. So after the completion of the Floyds’ US dates he returned to England and went straight into the studio to record his first Thin Lizzy album ‘Chinatown’. Snowy stayed with the band for nearly three years of touring, recording ‘Renegade’ with them in 1982, before leaving to pursue his solo career.
Snowy’s first solo album was entitled ‘White Flames’. This album included the timeless ‘Bird of Paradise’, written by Snowy, which became a hit single around the world. In 1987, he put together a blues-orientated outfit, the Blues Agency, recording two albums, ‘Change My Life’ and ‘Open For Business’. Between 1993 and 2000, he toured and recorded with two brilliant Dutch-Indonesian musicians, Juan van Emmerloot (drums/percussion) and Walter Latupeirissa (bass and rhythm guitar). As The White Flames they recorded a string of albums, including ‘No Faith Required’, ‘Restless’, ‘The Way It Is’ and ‘Realistic’, and performed all over Europe. In later times the band was augmented by Max Middleton on keyboards.
Every year from1999 to 2014 Snowy toured the world with Roger Waters, including the ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ and massive ‘The Wall’ tour. In between tours, he founded the Snowy White Blues Project, recording the albums ‘In Our Time Of Living’ and ‘In Our Time…Live’.
Snowy’s most recent album, ‘The Situation’ came out in 2018.
His latest offering, ‘Something On Me’, due out on 2nd October 2020, features Thomas White on drums, Rowan Bassett on bass and appearances by various The White Flames members.
Photograph: © Per Olav Heimstad
Something On Me
Another Blue Night
Ain’t Gonna Lean On You
It’s Only The Blues
I Wish I Could
One More Traveller