Frank ‘ready to rock’ again after latest bout of the blues
LEGENDARY Sheffield blues guitarist Frank White returns to the stage this weekend after four months on the sidelines because of depression.
It’s a condition he has battled with through most of his life.
“I was just incapacitated by depression,” he said of his latest absence from live performances. “It was horrible. I couldn’t eat or sleep properly, but I’m back to normal now. It’s just one of those things. It comes and goes without warning.”
Frank influenced generations of Sheffield musicians, preferring to play the local pubs and clubs and to settle for life as a family man and Christian, despite being offered more lucrative and high profile work at a much higher level.
He released his first album in 1972, and was reputedly once approached by the Rolling Stones. Instead, he became renowned for his residency at the Pheasant pub at Sheffield Lane Top, and has been an intergral part of Sheffield’s musical fabric for around 50 years.
“I had offers but I needed to be my own man,” he once said.
Now Frank is preparing to perform again after coming through his latest bout of depression.
He plays with The Hillbillies at The Office in Upperthorpe tomorrow (Friday), as part of the Frank White Band, at Delaney’s Bar in Cemetery Road on Saturday and with pianist Ralph Salt at Swanky Frank’s in Chesterfield Road on Wednesday.
“I’m ready to rock!” said Frank.
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