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All things considered, it's somewhat surprising that Josh White, Jr. hadn't recorded a full-fledged tribute album for his father earlier, but however long overdue the collection is, it more than makes up for the delay with the quality of the collection. Creating a truly fitting tribute, he displays the wonderfully rich guitar playing and singing that made his father a legend on classics like "Gonna Live the Life," "Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed," and a smoldering "House of the Rising Sun." A strongly spiritual quality shines through White Jr.'s expressive folk blues, and though he doesn't outshine his father, he definitely more than does the material justice.


Born: 30 November 1940 in New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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

Folksinger and actor Josh White Jr. proudly upheld the musical tradition begun by his father, the legendary bluesman and social activist Josh White. Born November 30, 1940 in New York City, he made his performing debut at the age of four, appearing alongside his dad at the Big Apple nightclub Cafe Society; for close to two decades, father and son regularly shared the stage, frequently co-starring together on Broadway as well -- for 1949's How Long Til Summer?, the younger White even earned a special...
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