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The years 1968 to 1973 were prolific and musically mind-blowing for singer/songwriter Tony Joe White. His music is filled with dirt-poor characters and themes that detail the South. There are alcoholic hillfolk (“Old Man Willis”), detached lawmen (“High Sheriff of Calhoun County”), wild pokeweed and mean alligators (“Polk Salad Annie,” his massive hit), iterant hell drivers (“Backwoods Preacher Man”), futile racism (“Willie and Laura Mae Jones”), and nights spent circling the local Dairy Queen (“Saturday Night in Oak Grove, Louisiana”). Strings, horns, Jew’s harps, guitars, Hammond organs, and lots of acoustic instruments uphold arrangements that shift effortlessly from spare, haunting folk to shuffle-country boogie to charging R&B and rock ’n’ roll (the kind popularized by Creedence Clearwater Revival). White shows how music only hits the soul when it’s rooted in some kind of authenticity. That’s why he’s the master of the swamp song: an ear-bending blend of R&B, gospel, soul and rock ’n’ roll. Noted producers on this set include Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler, Billy Swan, and Peter Asher.

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Dave Grohl introduced me to TJW.

I never heard of this performer until I saw him on the Sonic Highways documentary. Bluesy, funky, Country and I love it! How did I never hear of this guy? What a talent...what feeling in these songs.


Beautiful Blues! A must have for all Blues fans!

Polk salad annie

One of the greatest songs and also one of the greatest guitarists of all time


Born: July 23, 1943 in Goodwill, LA

Genre: Rock

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

A true icon of swamp rock, Tony Joe White parlayed his songwriting talent and idiosyncratic vocals 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...
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