Terry White grew up in Oak Park, IL just outside of Chicago. He taught himself guitar in 1973 when he was in seventh grade. His older brother bought a Bob Dylan song book and he learned damn near every tune in it. By the time he graduated from St. Ignatius High School, his band The Restless Youth, was playing talent shows, school dances and unsupervised house parties.
He moved to Carbondale, IL to attend SIU and after graduation formed a band with Phil Bayer, Kevin James and Chris Obren. They called themselves the Modern Day Saints and spent the next five or six years driving around the country in a converted school bus playing corner dives, road houses, nightclubs, colleges and the occasional theatre. It was their only source of income. The four had very different rock ‘n’ roll tastes but we merged at Neil Young, the Who and the Stones.
The group recorded a slew of original music and in 1989 moved to Los Angeles to sell it all to the highest bidder. W
In 1994, Terry moved back to Chicago and reconnected with James and Pierce to form the roots rock group, the Yellowhammers. In 1996 we released our debut LP, Suffer Fools Gladly, followed in 2000 with All the People Some of the Time, 2005 with Satellite and 2009 our eponymous album Yellowhammers, all on our own label.
In 2007, Terry released his first solo offering, Our Separate Ways. Terry had been writing songs for Modern Day Saints and Yellowhammers and in most cases those songs were sung by his very capable partners Phil Bayer and Rob Pierce respectively. On Our Separate Ways, Terry gave his songs his own voice.