Effron White was born in West Memphis, Arkansas. He was exposed to the music of Bob Dylan in the early sixties, when the strange new sounds of that young folk singer came emanating out of the walls of his older brother's bedroom. A few years later, he staked claim to a neglected acoustic guitar his brother had gotten for Christmas.
In college, at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, he majored in art while writing songs and performing with his college musical partner, Elmo Sapwater, as the duo, Sapwater and White. After earning a master's degree in art in 1985, he began concentrating more seriously on singing and songwriting. In 1990 he began performing regularly in venues all around northwest Arkansas.
Sound and Poetry. When you hear Effron White, you are immediately struck by the uniqueness of his songs and their delivery. His gravelly vocal reminds one of Tom Waits, John Prine, or Bob Dylan; yet, there's a PERSONAL earthiness that drives the emotional truth of his songs right into your heart. As a songwriter, Effron draws his influences from those legends of the past who are looked upon as poets as much as songwriters, such as Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Guy Clark.
"Best version of that song I have ever heard."--Guy Clark on hearing Effron perform Clark's "L.A. Freeway"
"I propose any list of the best Country songs ever written includes "Long Haul" by Effron White. Seriously great." -- Kyle Kellams, KUAF-FM (NPR)
"He's very sincere, a great storyteller."--Fred Bogert, record producer
"Effron White has what it takes as a songwriter. Every song tells a story and his voice is full of the character needed to deliver it." --Paul Pearcy (Lost Gonzo Band,Terri Hendrix Band, Dixie Chicks)
“White’s time-worn but warm voice is outstanding…” –- Andrew Griffin, Norman Transcript, Norman, OK
“An extraordinary songwriter and an expressive and believable singer.” –- John Inmon, Producer and Musician, Bastrop, TX (Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Lafave, Elisa Gilkyson)
"Effron White is the Willie Nelson of the 21st Century." -- Roy August, Songwriter ("Fancy Free" Oak Ridge Boys)
Effron's skills as a singer/songwriter have resulted in nationwide recognition. In 2004, Effron won the coveted "New Folk" Award at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. He has also been honored as a Northwest Arkansas Music Award's Hall of Fame Artist, as a result of having been voted Best Singer-Songwriter in three previous years. In 2010, he was featured in American Songwriter Magazine’s Lyric Spotlight for his song, Long Haul, a story song about a down and out trucker who finds hope to take the most important long haul. The same song won the Billboard Song Contest in 2011.
He has performed in many venues featuring songwriters of the highest caliber, including the Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, TX), the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival (Okemah, OK), the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival (Perdido Key, FL), the 30A Songwriters Festival (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), the Nashville Songwriters Festival, The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville, TN), and Bass Performance Hall’s McDavid Studio (Fort Worth, TX). He has recorded four albums, the latest of which is “Long Haul”, co-produced with Texas Music Awards “Producer of the Year, 2012”, John Inmon. He is currently (as of 2018) working on his first gospel music project as well as a new, secular album entitled, "My Heart Plays These Songs," due for release in 2020.
Look for Effron in your hometown on the 2020 "Get EFFRON-ized" Tour, starting in February.
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