Tam White ‘Hold On’ Album
TAM WHITE and Iain worked together as far back as 1987 where – along with award winning singer/songwriter Sandy Wright – they recorded one of Tams songs “It Cuts Both Ways” at Edinburgh’s Sonic Studios. In 2001 Tam recorded a collection of his own songs on the last album he released entitled ‘Hold On’ before he tragically passed away in 2011. With Iain and his son Paul McKinna producing at the Offbeat studio, three of the songs from that album were featured in director Norman Stone’s feature length movie Mandancin’ .
The album featured some great session musicians including Guitarist Neil Warden and Frank Usher, keyboard player Foss Paterson & Harmonica player Fraser Spiers.
Tam was the very first solo artist to win New Faces in the 70’s and following that he made records with the legendary producer Joe Meek. He then started up Tam White & The Dexters who gigged for many years. Later in life he performed extensively and did a great series of gigs at the Famous Ronnie Scotts In London. He was equally adept at singing Jazz & Blues styles.
Tam was also a well known actor, he appeared on feature films Cut Throat island with Gina Davies and Braveheart with Mel Gibson as well as making TV appearances on Eastenders and River ….
After writing and recording his track Car Crash TV track musician/producer Iain McKinna invited 63year old blues /funk singer Tam White to perform the lead vocals just a few months before Tam tragically passed away due to a heart attack in 2010.
“Car Crash TV” is by no means a typical Tam track, but it turned out both him and Iain shared a guilty pleasure in the form of Judge Judy who along with other TV reality shows was the subject matter of the track. The track also features Electric Violin by Offbeat Kirsty who is joined by her twin Shuna on backing vocals on the recording.