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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages Biography
Barrence Whitfield (born Barry White, raised in New Jersey) has been singing with The Savages for decades. They first appeared on record with a self-titled debut in 1984 (Mamou label, since reissued by Ace UK). Their most recent releases are Savage Kings (Munster 2011) and Dig Thy Savage Soul (Bloodshot 2013). Their specialty is capturing the energy of early rock 'n' roll, R&B, and jump blues. Barrence continues to appear and record with the Savages. He has also recorded with Tom Russell, and as half of the duo the Mercy Brothers. He tours the world yet also makes local appearances in the Boston area, which he calls home.
There's no harder hitter than frontman Barrence Whitfield of Boston, MA. When he hits the boards with the Savages, you're either gonna ride the energy or be crushed by it. We're talking Joe Louis, Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, Smokin' Joe Frazier. Barrence has what these greats all possessed, the one thing a trainer cannot teach a fighter: a lust for mayhem. The wilder, louder, more insane the Savages bring it, the more BW is ready to attack the mic, to bring it high, to bring it low, to wear you down on the ropes, and eventually drop you.
Backing Whitfield are the best cornermen in the business, led by garage/punk guitarist Peter Greenberg, the visionary who started the Savages after a legendary stint with the Lyres, and his sidekick Phil "Mr. Tenacious" Lenker on bass. Greenberg works his guitar with the ruthless intricacy of a chain saw ice sculptor. Lenker meshes with drummer Andy Jody for an unrelenting sequence of haymaker beats. Tom Quartulli's saxophone rips like a foghorn through the mist.