You know folks I have been studying Country Music almost my whole life
and I am still young…I’m only 41. I’m not the greatest or most knowledgeable
It’s history but I certainly know my fair share for being so young.
I get criticized about my opinions and from people that know more than me.
One reason I started this website is because I wanted to give credit and
remember the “Underdogs” of Country Music. The ones that are forgotten
under appreciated or just not even known about.
One of those people is fiddle player Earl White.
In 2005 Earl celebrated his 50th year on the Opry as part
of the Opry Squaredancers. And he played on the Opry
for 59 years.
March 1st 1936 he was born in Hardin County Tennessee. He grew up
with the talent of the Fiddle around seven and by the age of eighteen he was
playing with Marty Robbins.
He and his Sister got to play a few songs with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
Upon which Lester Flatt told his father “Mr. White one of these days your’e
going to loose your boy”.
After School he moved to Nashville to get into the business and attend
He performed a few times with Ernie Ashworth who performed then as
Billy Worth and wrote his most well known songs.
He missed a chance to play for the Drifting Cowboys with Don Helms
as they began backing Ray Price after the monumental rift in the industry
created by the death of one of it’s first superstars..Hank Williams.
He couldn’t get the union clearance and they left without him.
In 1955 he began playing with Marty Robbins, however it was
short lived because Marty went pop country with songs like
“White Sportcoat And A Pink Carnation”. Those songs did not require
a Fiddle player.
During his time with Marty he played on the Opry for the first time ever.
After that he worked for Hawkshaw Hawkins and Jean Shepard, Faron Young
In 1963 when Hawkshaw and Cowboy Copas were killed in that
historical plane crash (With Patsy Cline) he decided to retire form
In the 1970’s he played with some bluegrass bands and began playing
for the Opry Squaredance band.
They come out on each night’s segment of the Opry and play and
dance for us, and have for almost the entire 75 years of it’s
He was described on FaceBook as:
More than a footnote. He was the real deal…A Christian man
never got the recognition he deserved in this industry, but who
continued to play BECAUSE HE LOVED THE MUSIC.
He died in the morning of August 7th services are not
announced at this time.