Artist of the Month

Dow Tomlin & Charlie White 2018-11-12T17:17:08+00:00

Dow Tomlin and Charlie White

Dow Tomlin & Charlie White

Dow Tomlin is a seasoned Bassist out of Nashville who has toured and/or recorded with Wynonna Judd, Brooks and Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, Richard Marx, Billy Gilman and on new projects from the members of Highway 101. A touring musician for more than 30 years who has the ability to adapt musically to any genre, he has recorded with thousands of artists and songwriters and has backed many of the biggest names in the business as a house player at the Grand Ole Opry, the CMAs and at top rated clubs in the area. Having performed a number of times on television and in films, and having been asked to perform on the Kennedy Center Honors, Dow is inspired by any opportunity he is given to play.

For the past 3 decades Charlie White has toured or recorded with a wide range of artists, from bluesman Mike Henderson to stone country singers like Vern Gosdin, and Highway 101 to Americana hero Kevin Welch. He is now a member of Wynonna and The Big Noise, featuring the great Wynonna Judd.

How did you get started playing bass/guitar?
Dow Tomlin
Two kids who lived up the street from me had drums and a guitar and needed a bass player. I picked up the bass because it was necessary. Once I started playing for real, I felt the need to keep playing.

Charlie White
My folks got me a cheap acoustic when I was 13, but it was enough to set the hook. When I started learning, they bought me a 1966 Fender Mustang.

Tell us about your current gigs?
Dow Tomlin
I play with Wynonna and The Big Noise and have for about 6 years now. I also sub out with other artists and I do a lot of session work in Nashville with established and up and coming artists – both on their demos and on their albums.

Charlie White
For the past 3 years I’ve been playing with Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise. When I’m not on the road I play in church and have a weekly radio broadcast of acoustic gospel music with my sons Kolton and Kolby. I also have small guitar shop in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

How did you hear about Vintage Guitars?
Dow Tomlin
I ran into my friend Rick Taylor at the NAMM Show last year and we started talking about instruments. I tried out one of the Vintage display basses and I was impressed with the way it played and sounded, and how it felt.

Charlie White
Our bass player, Dow Tomlin, was the first to tell me about them. Of course, I was aware of Wilkinson tremolo’s and knew he made high quality retro-fit parts, but didn’t know about this line of guitars and basses.

What do you like most about our guitars?
Dow Tomlin
They have a classic tone and feel. I particularly like the pickups on them and the way the neck already feels broken in. The sound is rich and articulate. They are extremely versatile for any style of music. Even when you’re playing one for the first time, it still feels like they’re already your favorite instrument. It’s definitely one of my new favorites.

Charlie White
As a touring player I really appreciate the classic feel and tone of these instruments. I play an “off the shelf” V100BLK and it was great right out of the box. As a guitar shop owner, I love being able to put a guitar of this quality in the hands of a student or regular customer at such a great price. The acoustic guitars have been a favorite in our shop.

Any advice for players just getting started?
Dow Tomlin
Find someone that you love listening to who plays bass and practice what they already do. Never stop learning. Never lose your sense of wonderment for the instrument or for any of the music you play. There is something to be experienced from every instance you play – whether it’s alone in your room, at a bar or in concert. Play and listen to yourself alongside other musicians. Listen to their feedback so that you can learn what your own strengths are and what you need to strengthen. The bass is the foundation for all great music. It’s what people dance to, it’s what drummers turn to in order to get back on track, it’s what makes music sound complete. Experiment. Try different strings, different styles, different instrumental components together to create your own unique sound. Wherever you are heading musically with the bass, develop your own style to get there.

Charlie White
Get a decent playing instrument then spend time listening to a variety of styles and players. There is never an end to learning. I think the more you love what you do, the better chance you have of being a blessing to others.