Jim White: Sound of a Southern Gothic
This week’s installment of Eye On Roots focuses on Jim White. White is a Southern Gothic alt-country singer-songwriter. While his music is based in Americana, he borrows elements from rock, rhythm and blues, and even electronica, often piecing sounds together in the lo-fi cut-and-paste fashion of artists like Tom Waits. His albums have featured a wide variety of collaborators, including Victoria Williams, Morcheeba, Aimee Mann, Barenaked Ladies, Joe Henry, and, most recently, The Packway Handle Band.
White’s live shows, particularly when touring solo, can be characterized as off-beat, blending his playlist with open discussion with the audience, anecdotal storytelling derived from his own life experiences, all of which are typically humorous and insightful, with a deep sense of his feeling for the broken beauty of humanity.