Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically-acclaimed solo albums, he splits time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the US and Europe and publishing award-winning fiction.
His sixth solo studio album, Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.
Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White (born Mike Pratt) released five eclectic albums plus side projects. Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque Word-Mule being featured in “Breaking Bad,” and more recently his cautionary rocker “Crash Into The Sun” appearing in Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series “Rectify.” UK fans may recognize White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South, which The LA Times described as “Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.”
Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs: dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi in New York City.
White is presently at work completing a memoir, Incidental Contact, based on a series of uncanny coincidences that befell him during his days driving that taxi in New York City. Two chapters of Incidental Contact, “The Bottom” and “Superwhite,” have been published in the literary music journal Radio Silence, with Superwhite being awarded a Pushcart Prize.
White was a pro surfer. He served as literary commentator for the National Endowment of the Arts. He was a European fashion model. Samuel Beckett once played a practical joke on him. There’s lots more nonlinear information that doesn’t really fit the usual bio format. But that’s Jim—he gets around.
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