Kenny White comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey. Long List of Priors, his aptly named new album, is the latest collection of original songs: snapshots of the human condition, from heartwarming to humorous. Radio favorites are “Cyberspace” and “A Road Less Traveled,” featuring David Crosby on harmony vocals.
Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, NJ, Kenny began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary “Living in the USA” tour. He then became a fixture in the NYC studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercial work enabled Kenny to direct artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Ricky Skaggs, and Aaron Neville. White has worked on many film soundtracks as a contributing writer/musician, including Message in a Bottle, Where the Heart Is and four films by Indie-director laureate John Sayles. Kenny also appears on dozens of recordings of other musicians, including Marc Cohn’s platinum debut.
After being hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, in 2001 Kenny chose to devote himself to making his own album, one that not only showcased his talent as a musician, but also as a lyricist. Friends such as Cheryl Wheeler invited Kenny to tour as an opening act on behalf of his first album, Uninvited Guest. Judy Collins signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing Symphony in 16 Bars in 2005. She often invited Kenny to open her concerts. The standing ovations he received in those large concert halls encouraged him to record Never Like This, followed by Comfort in the Static, which was released in 2010 to wide-ranging praise, landing on many “Favorite Album of the Year” lists.
Kenny White’s record producing credits include Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why,” as well as the last four solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band. Their second album, Sleepless, was named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The productions with Wolf afforded Kenny the opportunity to work with an array of guest artists including Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard and Keith Richards.
Kenny’s music has also been discovered in the UK and Europe. He was awarded the International Songwriting Award at the Premio Ciampi music festival in Livomo, Italy, and just returned from a European tour in April, having performed 14 concerts in 8 countries in 22 days.
He still occasionally tours with Judy Collins throughout North America and performs the duet “Veterans’ Day” on her Bohemian album. He often shares a stage with his good friend Cheryl Wheeler, appearing on her live recording, Greetings, which he also produced. And though he has all but given up his days as a sideman, in 2014 he accepted an offer by none other than Tom Jones to play in his "soul quartet" for a sold-out, three week U.S. tour.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!