Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
RIYL: Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Norah Jones
Breaking NewsWhite's upcoming album Lights Out, due July 14 and her first solo full-length since the split of her acoustic duo the Lovebirds, will be promoted with a solo west coast tour through August, followed by dates with her band the White Lies.
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Strange Stage Stories from San Diego Musicians" · Oct. 31, 2012
- "San Diego's Lovebirds Have New Songs to Sing" · June 24, 2012
- "Lovebirds Veronica May and Lindsay White" · Feb. 16, 2011
- "Lindsay White: Rock Chick" · Aug. 26, 2009
- Musician Interview · Aug. 5, 2009
Influences: Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Jewel
Lindsay White plays acoustic rock a la femme, with soulful lyrics and biting attitude. Inspired by artists like Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, and her gospel-singing grandparents, White’s soft-spoken songs fall in the same songstress vein as Jewel and Janis Ian. “A songwriter first and foremost,” says her press kit, “she carefully crafts lyrics that explore themes of life, loss, and love.”
“When people ask what I’m like onstage,” says White, “I tell them to imagine Bob Dylan with a skirt.” The soulful singer-songwriter got her local start playing open mikes around town at venues like Lestat’s Coffee House in Normal Heights.
Having moved to San Diego in 2005, White has hit the stage of over a dozen local venues. “The best was the first time I played Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge — my parents came to San Diego to see me on my first date back after a tour. I was thrilled about the stage, the sound, [and] the crowd. Even though they did misspell my name on the marquee out front.”
“At first, I gigged with nothing but my guitar and a mike stand, and that was really intimidating. Especially since coffee-shop people are usually just pounding on their laptops and ignoring you.”
As of 2009, White often performs with one-man band Joel Mendoza, a percussionist with a dizzying array of musical toys and playing styles. “I found him through an ad I placed on craigslist,” says White, “and thank God he wasn’t one of those crazies you hear about.”
She says that some gigs can be very strange. “I hosted a monthly showcase at a Downtown Bar & Grill and it was a tough one. If anyone was ever listening, they were either on the lineup or asking you to play 'Sweet Home Alabama.' They soon installed what I'll call a Wheel-O-Binge-Drinking, and that's when things got really bad. Once a guy got so drunk spinning that wheel, he threw up about five feet from me while I was mid-song. Now I always joke that my music literally made someone sick, although I'm pretty sure it was the wheel.”
In October 2010, White released her album Tracks, its name and sound (and cover artwork by Nicole Torres) all inspired by her favorite album, Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. That same month, she was featured in the October 11 issue of People magazine, regarding a contest she won for Hotel Indigo called Locals Know Best.
In early 2011, she said “I am going back into the studio at the end of June to start recording my second album, as well an album with the Lovebirds...Forget Me Nots and White Lies albums will follow later this year.” Jeff Berkley (Berkley Hart) is involved on all these projects.
She was featured in the August 2011 issue of Curve Magazine, a nationally distributed periodical. White was also playing in a duo with her domestic partner Veronica May, the Lovebirds. In April 2012, they released a new full-length called Nutsy Pants, produced, recorded and mixed by Jeff Berkley at Berkley Sound and mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Lurssen Mastering.
White's summer 2017 album Lights Out, her first solo full-length after the Lovebirds split, was promoted with a solo west coast tour through August, as well as being featured on dates with her band the White Lies. "I also want to get right back into the studio to work on my next concept," she told the Reader, "a collection of literature-inspired songs. I’m a member of a local songwriting book club, and I’ve written songs influenced by horror fiction, psychology non-fiction, artist memoirs, self-help books, and even major best-sellers like The Alchemist. I like the idea of art inspired by art."
(Photo: Darci Fontenot)