Sunday, May 26, 2024

Driving On The 44 with Snowy White

Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Snowy White releases his new album Driving On The 44 on 22nd July through Soulfood, and ahead of that is his latest single ‘Lady Luck (So Mean To Me)’ that’s out now. 

Developing a personalised style within the English blues format, back in the 70s he toured the USA then returned to play alongside legendary Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, and subsequently recorded with him. As part of the extended Pink Floyd family tree, he has played gamely, debuting as a touring guitarist for assorted US tours, playing on keyboard player Rick Wright’s solo album Wet Dream, and annually from 1999 to 2014 toured with bass player/vocalist Roger Waters, as well as recording with him.

Following Pink Floyd’s US tour of The Wall, he returned to England and went straight into the studio to record his first Thin Lizzy album, Chinatown. He spent nearly three years touring as a member of the band, recording a further album in Renegade in 1982, before leaving to pursue his solo career and scoring a worldwide hit single in ‘Bird of Paradise’ from his debut album White Flames.

Aside from his many subsequent solo albums, in the late 80s he put together blues-orientated outfit The Blues Agency who recorded two albums, and between 1993 and 2000, toured and recorded as part of The White Flames.

When recording his own solo albums Snowy White has always gone his own way. Driving On The 44 is said to be a further example of how he has matured and developed over the years. Ten tracks of relaxed riffs, cool grooves and soulful blues. Snowy White is a man who has nothing to prove but who can still play hot and smoky guitar. 

White’s new album features the man himself on vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards, the legendary Max Middleton on piano, Hammond, strings, Ferry Lagendijk  on piano, Hammond, synthesisers, and Thomas White on drums and percussion.

Tracks featured are Freshwater’, ‘Longtime Blues’, ‘Down In The Dark’, ‘Driving On The 44’, ‘Blues 22 Ain’t No Secret’, ‘Keep On Flying’, ‘One Man Girl’, ‘Slinky Too’ and ‘Lady Luck (So Mean To Me)’.

Fans have been advised to check out” the soaring solo on ‘Keep On Flying’, the long and edgy workout on ‘Blues 22’, the mellow guitar sounds on ‘Freshwater’, and the expressive ‘Longtime Blues’ in particular.

Snowy White’s Driving On The 44 can be pre-ordered here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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