music industry has a big problem with Whitey Conwell. It's
not a personal problem but rather an issue of what to classify his music as.
A rising star in the Austin music scene (as well as the Southern California,
New England and European scenes!!) his music crosses the borders of
contemporary blues, r&b, blue eyed soul, Americana, etc. The rigidity of
American radio formatting severely restricts the access of artists who
stretch the limit. In Europe, however, where those restrictions are less
evident, he enjoys heavy rotation and a cult like following.
Noted Music Critic Richard Meltzer calls Whitey Conwell "...an ace of a
blues/rock/rockabilly guitarist, Whitey sings/speaks/croaks with a voice
from the timeless land of cigareets (sic) and whiskey, and at least the
memory of wild, wild wimmen (sic)...".
His new *Conqueroot records CD "Tales From The Backseat" (CQR 1018) has
something for everyone. For blues lovers Whitey has invited Kirk "Eli"
Fletcher (Charlie Musselwhite/Finis Tasby) to several tracks and his solos
are incendiary! Also joining Whitey are Mike Thompson/Keys (Don Henley,
Eagles), Archie Thompson/Tenor Sax (Rod Stewart) and Craig MacIntyre/Drums
Adding "Tales From The Backseat" to your CD collection (or the rare 1999
self-release "Stay Tuned") is a nod and wink to that ever elusive element
called hip! ~Fay Converse Writing for Tone-O-Vox