FIRST NEW MUSIC SINCE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM
TO PERFORM AT THE OPRY ON JULY 9th
“exquisite, soaring, plaintive melodies”- NPR Music
“sings sweetly of small-town life, love and friendships in a way that feels lived-in, with a musical backdrop that’s lush and pretty enough to match his croon.” -Rolling Stone
Today, Dee White returns with “Wagon Girl” his first new music since his critically acclaimed debut album, Southern Gentleman, of with NPR Music said “his music is likely to sneak up on listeners and make a lasting impact.” With swaggering electric-guitars and soulful harmony, White’s “Wagon Girl” previews the Slapout, Alabama native’s forthcoming music and describes someone who can’t seem to quit for good and compares relapsing back into an old romantic affair with a bad habit you just can’t kick. When she finds the only thing between her and the habit gone, the reason for quitting, she’s found herself off the wagon one more time. The track was produced by Tony Brown, who said of White, “"Dee White has the youthful energy of a teenager and the poetic skills of an old soul. His writing is so regional that there's no doubt this kid is from the Delta." Listen to “Wagon Girl” here.
White reveals about the song: “We had one session left and were lacking a number. Tony Brown called me and told me to write something upbeat, a ‘rocker’ he said. The next morning, I went to Sergio Sanchez’s house, and we listened to some Vern Gosdin and Waylon Jennings records. We worked all night writing that song. We never could pin a title for it but when we went into the studio Tony asked me ‘Hey Dee, what about that Wagon Girl?’ Serg and I looked at each other like a light bulb had gone off and we knew that was it. Then I went into the tracking room with the band, and we got the record for it first take. It was like breathing for that bunch.”
White will perform at Grand Ole Opry House on July 9th. Tickets are available here.
An Alabama native with a tender tenor and an ageless, pure-country style rooted deep in the Southern classics Dee White’s story is a wild one. A student of icons like Hank Williams and Vern Gosdin, White started performing on a lark when his tiny school kicked off a theater class with a mandatory, on-the-spot audition. An obvious talent, he quickly rose to the status of small-town phenom, and just a few years later moved on from bonfire singalongs to something bigger. Still a teenager and working his father dealing antiques, White was introduced by chance to famed music executive Harold Shedd – who happened to be an early believer of acts like Alabama, Reba McEntire, and Shania Twain, helping mold them into superstars. Shedd invited White to share his music, he heard something … an electrifying spark that ignited memories of Alabama heroes past and present, from Hank Williams to Jason Isbell and beyond.