Interview with Blues Critic
other greats from Sam Cooke to Vernon Garrett, you
starting singing gospel. How did you become a blues man?
I had been loving and following
Blues all my life. I met a guy one day and he told me if
I would sing the blues he would give me a certain amount
of money so I started singing the blues it was as simple
Q) Was anyone else in your family a musician?
Q) When did you first record?
Q) Growing up in Chicago whom many call the "home of the
blues", you must've played with a lot of big names over
the years? Who had an impact on your career?
Other entertainers that most
impacted my career were Little Milton, Bobby Bland, BB
King, Albert King and Little Jr. Parker. Travis Haddix
for the great writing he has done for me.
Q) In 1977 you scored a huge hit with "Leanin' Tree."
Why was there no full LP until 1985's "Blues Boy" on
I was with a small company at
Q) You signed with Ichiban in 1987. Your six records for
the label are the best to come from that label. The
sound is clean and full. When did you start producing
your own music?
In the early 80s when I first
recorded with Jewel Records.
Q) Little Milton played a large part in making the cd "Thangs
Got To Change" such a success. You and Milton were
longtime friends. Did you get a chance to talk to him
recently before he died?
Yes, I spoke with him the same day he became ill.
Q) Are you proud of the work you did for the label? Do
you have a favorite record you've done?
Yes I am. My favorite record
I’ve done would be “I Need Someone” and there are many
other favorites of mine.
Q) How did you hook up with Waldoxy?
I was familiar with the label
and I stopped there on one of my trips South and spoke
with Tommy Couch Jr. I left several albums with him and
I was called later to join the label. I am very proud of
the work I did there.
Q) you cut three acclaimed CDs for the label. How come
you didn't re-sign with them?
The label was cutting back and
making some changes and I needed to continue with my
music therefore while I was waiting I decided to do
something for myself. There maybe another Waldoxy CD in
Q) You started your own label called A Chill Town and
continued to produce full-bodied soul/blues with real
musicians. "Can't Get Enough", which I consider to be
one of your best was the first on your label. You then
did two sturdy blues CDs. Why didn't you cut costs and
use programming and synths instead of real musicians
since that's the norm today?
I wanted to continue to produce
the real blues sound that can best be accomplished with
real musicians I always try to give the best possible
product to my fans who I appreciate very much. Quality
is very important to me.
Q) I noticed on your new record "Package Deal" you
enlisted the help of Walter Wells and you've added some
more Southern Soul to the mix. The title track is a
definite hit. "Chinese Shuffle" is one heckuva dance
tune, but what is the "Chinese Shuffle"?
It is the blues version of the
electric slide as only blues lovers can do it.
Q) One of the finest cuts is the hard blues shuffle "Bag
Lady" written by Travis Haddix. In fact one of the major
sources of strong material on all your albums is from
Haddix. How did this friendship begin?
I was playing Cleveland in 1986 and I included him on
my show and we became friends.
Q) I understand you and Travis had a recording session
recently. Will that material see the light of day?
Yes it definitely will.
Q) Chico Banks plays some mean guitar on "Package Deal".
Did you use members of the Machine Company on this one?
Q) Will you be doing some live dates to support the new
Yes I will.
Q) How do you feel about the state of the blues today?
The Blues is here to stay
however it does not get adequate amount air play.
Q) You have a loyal following who will always buy your
records, but has doing it all yourself with A Chill Town
a drawback or a blessing?
Both. It is a drawback because
of budget constrains being a small company. It is a
blessing in that I am able to continue to produce music
that I love for my loyal fans.
Q) What is the secret of Artie 'Blues Boy' White's
Loving what I do, putting God
first, lots of hard work, support from people such as
yourself, and most of all being blessed with
opportunities and loyal fans. I thank God for my