D. Ray (1927-1985) and son Jesco (1956 – ) of The Wild Whites in WV



Both father and son being very talented but extemely self-destructive outlaws whose life stories are told and retold. This clip is from Talking Feet by Mike Seeger, a 1987 Smithsonian documentary, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ngR7p_7MCY

6/17/2009 – Son Jesco performing at the Mountain Homeplace near Paintsville, KY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sK5RvT4THo

The Whites Backstory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ruBif-kIFA (4 minutes)
Diirector Julien Nitzberg with producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine http://www.viddler.com/explore/mcnvideos/videos/36/ (33 minutes)

The lives of dancer Jessco White and the man who inspired him; his father, D. Ray White — White Lightnin trailer http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/white-lightnin/trailer-b As a boy Jesco was in and out of reform school and the insane asylum for taking drugs, stealing lighter fluid and for his wild behaviour. To keep him out of trouble, his daddy D-Ray taught him the art of mountain dancing.

This clip is from: “Talking Feet” documentary – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwd7X4OlrUs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_ODFP8ebes
Also from Talking Feet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcqSkA6WRSQ
Talking Feet: Solo Southern Dance: Buck, Flatfoot and Tap
Copyright: 1987, 2005, Smithsonian Institution – 87 minutes, Color
Cleary and Harding – Up and Over It: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxrkEFNkpbM
Traffic Maestro Tony Lepore, a dancing cop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aqew7XOs2I
Appalachian Journey
Copyright: 1991, Association for Cultural Equity
58 minutes, Color
Alan Lomax travels through the Southern Appalachians investigating the songs, dances, and religious rituals of the descendents of the Scotch-Irish frontiers people who have made the mountains their home for centuries. Preachers, fiddlers, moonshiners, cloggers and square dancers recount the good times and the hard times of rural life. Performances by Tommy Jarrell; Janette Carter; Ray and Stanley Hicks; Frank Proffitt, Jr.; Sheila Kay Adams; and Ray Fairchild, the man reputed to be the fastest banjo-picker in the world.

Hank III – The Legend of D. Ray White
Live 11/10/09









(7 minutes)
In August of 2006, a diverse tribe of over 40 bands from all over the world descended on the small remote mountain town of Hinton, West Virginia for a 2 day benefit concert to honor the one & only Dancing Outlaw Jesco White.



The saga of the rebel White family unfolds against this backdrop of corporate corruption, pollution, criminal negligence and disregard for human life that’s every bit as dark and dirty as a lump of coal.

As Julien opines, “The Whites represent a part of America the media avidly avoids. Poor and with no ability to buy into the American dream (or interest in buying into mainstream values), they are the part of our country that is too often demonized or stereotyped. They live in a world of rural poverty that has bred a cycle of dependency and criminality. These are people with no options at all but who have taken this lack of hope and stood up to it in the only way they saw as possible—creating a badass outlaw persona that thrives on romanticized self-destructive behavior.”

As among urban people with no options, when times get tough (which is most of the time), the women take charge. They have to, in part, because all of the alpha men are busy killing each other.

Not that “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” is a tragi-comic, anthropological portrait of an all-American family run by a gang of rebel women… Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-45197-Human-Sexuality-Examiner~y2010m6d26-The-Wild–Wonderful-Whites-of-West-Virginia

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