The first time I met Steve White he was playing on a street corner during a Taste of Main Street event. Even with the absence of acoustics and through the bustling street noise, I felt his blend of blues/roots music touch my heart and soul.
Eventually I learned that this humble musician was a blues phenomena loved and adored by fans worldwide. On a recent visit to the remote country of Iceland, I popped in local music shops while exploring the capital city of Reykjavik. Shop owners were not only instantly familiar with Steve’s music, but even carried some of his CDs. This post’s title alludes to the fact that Encinitas is 57 miles from Mexico (add 4000 for Reykjavik) and the inspirational source for one of Steve’s more popular albums. And Steve produced his last album including a lyric booklet of his artwork in Iceland: Home Away From Home.
Several years ago, I was privileged to hire Steve for a private garden event. As his harmonic rhapsodies filled the warm night air, the evening was transformed from the mundane to the magical creating an extraordinary memory shared by friends and family.
Tragically, Steve contracted esophageal cancer and passed away this past April. His music and spirit will remain with us forever. To commemorate Steve White and his music, a memorial will be held on August 13 at the Encinitas Community Center and a documentary will be shown on August 14 at the La Paloma Theater. Please visit stevewhiteblues.com for more information.