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Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience. Barrence is a rarity in this business–one of a few black, rock n roll singer/entertainers who Spin Magazine says maintains a frenzied performance.
After attending college in Boston, he was discovered by guitarist Peter Greenberg, of the legendary Boston bands DMZ and The Lyres. Barrence was not just well-received in Boston, but throughout North America, as well as achieving stardom on a much larger scale throughout Europe. Among his English fans are Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, and the late, great John Peel.
Barrence has opened for and played with performers like Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, George Thorogood, Robert Cray, the Reverend Solomon Burke, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, and many, many, more. He has received critical acclaim on two country-soul albums he did with renowned singer/songwriter, Tom Russell, including the Merle Haggard Tribute Album.
In 2010, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages recorded a new record in Cincinnati, a tribute to King Records called “Savage Kings”. They are currently touring Europe and the USA in support of the record and are working up material for a follow-up record to be recorded in October. The Savages feature Peter Greenberg on guitar, Phil Lenker on bass, Andy Jody on drums, and Tom Quartulli on sax.