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The Whites

A Lifetime In The Making – 2000 (Ceili)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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The Whites are among the most underrated and perhaps, underappreciated family group in country music. Though they had some Top 10 success in the 1980's, they have not done much recording lately. Buck White plays piano, mandolin and sings, and daughters, Sharon (guitar) and Cheryl (bass) handle most of the lead vocals.

This is a very pleasant and comfortable album that showcases the groups' many talents, most notably their fine harmonies. Songs range from a bluegrass instrumental, "Old Man Baker," to several gospel numbers, " Jesus Is The Missing Piece" and "Key To The Kingdom," to the more country-flavored, "I Miss Who I Was(With You)." Emmylou Harris joins Sharon White for a wonderful treatment of "Fair And Tender Ladies." Jerry Douglas, a former member of The Whites' band, produced. He knows the groups' strengths and helped create a record that will be pleasing to their fans.

One of the great things about smaller labels is that give a platform to deserving artists shut out by the big Nashville labels. This album shows that Buck, Cheryl and Sharon White are still making good music and deserve to be on more country fans' radar screens.