American bluegrass musician, born April 23, 1938 in Madawaska, Maine. He formed, together with his brothers Eric White and Clarence White the group The Kentucky Colonels. After the dissolution of the group he started playing guitar for Bill Monroe's bands. From Monroe's band, Roland joined that of another bluegrass pioneer, Lester Flatt, playing mandolin and recording several albums as a member of Nashville Grass from 1969-1973. Later on he began a thirteen-year tenure with the progressive west coast group Country Gazette, first playing guitar and then mandolin, in 1989 he became a member of Nashville Bluegrass Band, winning two Grammy Awards and Grammy nominations on all of their albums. From 2000 on he is touring with his own band, The Roland White Band.