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The Best of Tony Joe White

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Album Review

Twenty tracks from 1969-1973, the period of Tony Joe White's greatest success, including "Polk Salad Annie" and White's own version of his composition "Rainy Night in Georgia." Most of this is quality swamp rock with pop-soul-conscious production; on cuts like "High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish," it sounds very much like he was trying to achieve a groove in the mold of Bobbie Joe Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." Sometimes he gets real down-home in a stomping backwoods blues style that makes him sound a little like a White counterpart to John Lee Hooker, as on "Stockholm Blues." If there's any criticism to be levied against this music, it's in its occasional lack of variety, White mining staple swamp rock boogie riffs for all they're worth. However, few, if any, performers and writers were as skilled as White in doing so, and he has a fine knack for sharp storytelling lyrics.

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Hazey, beautiful, acoustic deepness...

If you're lying in your garden with a beer in your hand and the sunshine beating down and you're thinking a bit of bluesy deep acoustic soulfuless would really top things off, then this is the album! An underated artist who touches brilliantly on country, blues and folk, amalgamating all three into a hazey, sundrenched, kaleadescope of sound...

It don't matter

Rain, snow, sun, hot or cold, it don't matter. A "Bud" or two, a chaser of "Southern" and a Tony Joe White album and who cares? This guy can take you right in to the heart of the deep South. Why he doesn't get the aclaim he rightly deserves is beyond me. He plays, sings, feels and tells the story like it is. Hot, sultry, moody and totaly absorbing.

Biography

Born: 23 July 1943 in Goodwill, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tony Joe White has parlayed his songwriting talent into a modestly successful country and rock career in Europe as well as America. Born July 23, 1943, in Goodwill, Louisiana, White was born into a part-Cherokee family. He began working clubs in Texas during the mid-'60s and moved to Nashville by 1968. White's 1969 debut album for Monument, Black and White, featured his Top Ten pop hit "Polk Salad Annie" and another charting single, "Roosevelt and Ira Lee (Night of the Moccasin)." That same year,...
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