Tony Joe White

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Album reviews: Tony Joe White, Mdou Moctar, Van Morrison

(Easy Eye Sound, *** 1/2) "Polk Salad Annie" by Elvis, "Rainy Night in Georgia" by Brook Benton, "Steamy Windows" by Tina Turner — Tony Joe White is probably best-known through others' versions of his songs. But the Louisiana-born "Swamp Fox," who died at 75 in 2018, was a mesmerizing performer in his own right.
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Unreleased Tony Joe White Songs Are Brought To Live, After His Death

If you've ever lost someone close to you, had the experience of going through their things and uncovering parts of their life you didn't know about or discovered unfinished projects they were working on, you might find an inkling of your experience in Jody White's. His father — singer-songwriter Tony...

Tony Joe White – Smoke from the Chimney (Easy Eye Sound)

Known for the swamp-rock classic “Polk Salad Annie” and the beautiful “Rainy Night in Georgia,” Tony Joe White left behind a cache of voice-and-guitar demos when he died in 2018. Now, those stirring home recordings have been adeptly fleshed out with full band accompaniment overseen by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach to create Smoke from the Chimney, a triumphant epitaph to a brilliant career. With his deep-as-a-well singing and unpretentious yet insightful songs, White was a wonderfully earthy artist who captured the passion, sadness and humor of real life like few others, gracefully blending blues, country, funk and rock into one soulful stew. While posthumous touch-ups to orphaned songs can lead to off-key results, Auerbach – who’s proven himself a sympathetic producer of performers both young (Marcus King) and old (Robert Finley) – does his subject proud, deftly enhancing the source material without drawing undue attention to himself. Whether it’s the greasy tall tale “Bubba Jones,” the wistful title track or the nostalgic toe-tapper “Del Rio, You’re Making Me Cry,” Smoke from the Chimney is a worthy addition to a unique body of work. Here’s hoping there’s more to come.
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Listen Now: A Lost Song from Tony Joe White

Between his Muscle Shoals–recorded 1969 debut and his death in 2018, Tony Joe White took Louisiana swamp rock around the world. He toured extensively with some of the biggest acts of the 1970s, and the likes of Elvis and Tom Jones recorded his songs. His 1969 hit “Polk Salad Annie,” among others, remains a Southern classic.

Tony Joe White wafts back: ‘Smoke from the Chimney’

Like the whisper of a steamy twilight breeze carrying smoked pine tar scent, the hushed musical tones of Tony Joe White’s singing still the mind, jar the soul, and cause a deep craving for more. You almost feel him before you hear him. A Louisiana cotton farm upbringing instilled his matchless inflection, and when he wrote and played guitar, his words and notes were enveloped in a wondrous patchwork of country, rock and hoodoo juju timbres. Tony Joe White began delivering the first songs of what became known as the “swamp-rock” genre — including his classics “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” — in the late 1960s. The Swamp Fox, as he was called, left this world two years ago. But as he affirms in the sweeping, nostalgic title song here, “Some things are special, they don’t ever fade away.”

Tony Joe White | Posthumous release of Nashville Legend's 'Smoke from the Chimney'

Tony Joe White’s posthumous album Smoke from the Chimney is set to release on May 7th with Easy Eye Sound. Produced by superstar Dan Auerbach—one half of The Black Keys and producer for the likes of Cage the Elephant, Dr. John, Lana Del Rey, and more—the album will commemorate White with nine previously unreleased tracks, including recently released “Boot Money.”

listen hear! Previously unreleased demo “Boot Money” from Tony Joe White previews new album

Listen hear! spotlights a song we like and think you will too!. Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has turned unreleased voice and guitar demos from legendary singer-songwriter/storyteller Tony Joe White into an album. White, best known for writing such songs as “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night In Georgia”, died in 2018. Auerbach and White talked of collaborating but that never happened. “Boot Money” is the first taste we get of the new album, “Smoke From the Chimney, out May 7th.