White Plectrum (Keith Brinegar)
Keith Brinegar was born in North Carolina, and has since lived in Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, with most of those moves due to two tours of duty in the US Air Force. He began performing at an early age, receiving his first guitar at the age of 10. During his junior high and high school years, he formed several bands, at one point reaching third place in a state Battle of the Bands. He received his BA from Winston-Salem State University between tours in the Air Force. He also recorded a demo tape in Nashville, performing a cover of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”.
White Plectrum was formed from the remnants of Raymond and Bullfunkel 25 years ago by Keith Brinegar and Bill Mullis. White Plectrum’s first public performance was at a benefit for Stellarcon at the Loggerhead Brew Pub and Restaurant in Greensboro, NC. That performance was recorded and shortly after became White Plectrum’s first CD “Insert Appropriate Title Here”. When Keith moved from North Carolina to Roanoke, Virginia, he began a solo career as White Plectrum. Since that time there have been moves to Charleston, SC, in 2002, and back to NC in 2004 – and several more CDs, recorded both live and in studio. With performances at conventions such as Stellarcon, Technicon, Rising Star, MarsCon, Sci-Con, SheVaCon, and others, Keith as White Plectrum has always given the listening audience the best show possible. Songs such as “The Ballad of Jones the Cat”, “Call of Cthulu”, and “the Loveable Lament of the Dragon and the Lady” have become fan favorites at shows, and many more such songs are always a staple of a White Plectrum performance.
Many people have supported Keith over the years, both assisting with filk-writing as well as handling and manning equipment. The current lineup has Keith on stage, singing and playing guitar; Gene Moody manning the sound system as the current “Chairman of the Board”; and David “Enforcer” Robbins and “Bad Andy” Simmons handling the equipment.
In his mundane, “normal” life, Keith works for the federal government, but don’t hold that against him …