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Tony Joe White

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 Lee (Night of the Moccasin)." That same year, Dusty Springfield reached the charts with White's "Willie and Laura Mae Jones." Brook Benton recorded a version of White's "Rainy Night in Georgia" that hit number four early in 1970; the song has since become a near-standard with more than 100 credits. White's own "Groupie Girl" began his European success with a short stay on the British charts in 1970.

He moved to Warner Bros. in 1971, but success eluded him on his three albums: Tony Joe White, The Train I'm On, and Homemade Ice Cream. Other stars, however, continued to keep his name on the charts during the '70s: Elvis charted with "For Ol' Times Sake" and "I've Got a Thing About You Baby" (Top Five on the country chart), and Hank Williams, Jr. took "Rainy Night in Georgia" to number 13 on the country chart. White also wrote music for and appeared in the 1974 rock musical film Catch My Soul. White himself recorded Eyes for 20th Century Fox in 1976, but then disappeared for four years. He signed to Casablanca for 1980's The Real Thang but moved to Columbia in 1983 for Dangerous, which included the modest country hits "The Lady in My Life" and "We Belong Together."

White was inactive through much of the '80s, but worked with Tina Turner on her 1989 Foreign Affair album, writing four songs and playing guitar and harmonica. He released Closer to the Truth a year later for his own Swamp label and toured with Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker to very receptive French crowds (Closer to the Truth has sold 100,000 copies in that country alone). His 1993 album Path of a Decent Groove was released only in France, though Warner's The Best of Tony Joe White earned an American release the same year. Lake Placid Blues (1995) and One Hot July (1998) were Europe-only efforts until 2000, when Hip-O Records brought out One Hot July in the U.S., giving White his first new major-label domestic release in 17 years. But White was just beginning to roll, or re-roll, as the case may be. The critically acclaimed The Beginning appeared from Swamp Records in 2001, followed by Heroines, featuring several duets with female vocalists, from Sanctuary in 2004, and a live Austin City Limits concert, Live from Austin, TX, from New West Records, appeared in 2006.

In 2007, White released another live recording, Take Home the Swamp, as well as the compilation Introduction to Tony Joe White. In the summer of 2010, Rhino Handmade released a previously unissued live date from 1971 entitled That on the Road Look; later that fall, White's latest studio offering, The Shine, appeared through his Swamp Records imprint. The Shine gained enough attention that he then made the leap to the high-profile roots rock indie Yep Roc, which released Hoodoo in the fall of 2013. In 2015, White's sides for Warner Bros. got a new lease on life with the release of the collection The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings by Real Gone Records. White's second album for Yep Roc, Rain Crow, was released in 2016. Produced by Tony Joe's son Jody White, the album included a guest appearance by musician and actor Billy Bob Thornton. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hoodoo

1. The Gift

2. Holed Up

3. Who You Gonna Hoodoo Now?

4. 9 Foot Sack

5. Alligator, Mississippi

6. The Flood

7. Storm Comin'

8. Gypsy Epilogue

9. Sweet Tooth

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Track List: The Shine

1. Season Man

2. Ain't Doing Nobody No Good

3. Paintings On The Mountain

4. Tell Me Why

5. All

6. Long Way From The River

7. Strange Night

8. Something To Soften The Blow

9. Roll Train Roll

10. A Place To Watch The Sun Go Down

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Track List: Uncovered

1. Run For Cover

2. Not One Bad Thought

3. Did Somebody Make A Fool Out Of You

4. Louvelda

5. Rebellion

6. Shakin' The Blues

7. Rainy Night In Georgia

8. Baby, Don't Look Down

9. Taking The Midnight Train

10. Keeper Of The Fire

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Track List: Live From Austin TX

2. Disco Blues (Live)

3. Red Neck Women (Live)

4. Rainy Night In Georgia (Live)

5. Even Trolls Love Rock 'n' Roll (Live)

6. Willie And Laura Mae Jones (Live)

7. Billy (Live)

8. Lustful Earl And The Married Woman (Live)

9. Swamp Rap (Live)

10. I Came Here To Party (Live)

11. Polk Salad Annie (Live)

12. That's The Way A Cowboy Rocks And Rolls (Live)

13. 300 Pounds Of Hongry (Live)

14. I Get Off On It (Live)

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Track List: The Best Of Tony Joe White (feat. Polk Salad Annie)

1. Polk Salad Annie

2. Soul Francisco

3. Willie And Laura Mae Jones

4. Rainy Night In Georgia

5. Roosevelt And Ira Lee

6. Stockholm Blues

7. High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parrish

8. Old Man Willis

9. The Train I'm On

10. If I Ever Saw A Good Thing

11. As The Crow Flies

12. Even Trolls Love Rock And Roll

13. Backwoods Preacher Man

14. Takin' The Midnight Train

15. Did Somebody Make A Fool Out Of You

16. They Caught The Devil And Put Him In Jail In Eudora, Arkansas

17. Saturday Night In Oak Grove, Louisiana

18. I've Got A Thing About You Baby

19. For Ol' Times Sake

20. Ol' Mother Earth

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Track List: ... Continued

1. Elements And Things

2. Roosevelt And Ira Lee (Night Of The Mossacin)

3. Woodpecker

4. Rainy Night In Georgia

5. For Le Ann

6. Old Man Willis

7. Woman With Soul

8. I Want You

9. I Thought I Knew You Well

10. The Migrant

11. [Bonus Track] Watching The Trains Go By

12. [Bonus Track] Old Man Willis (Single Version)

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Track List: Deep Cuts

1. Set The Hook

2. As The Crow Flies

3. Willie And Laura Mae Jones

4. Soul Francisco

5. Run With The Bulls

6. High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parrish

7. Aspen, Colorado

8. Homemade Ice Cream

9. Swamp Water

10. Roosevelt And Ira Lee

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Got better as he got older. His Hoodoo CD blows away similar artists. A great listen.
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U play too Rob???
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My names rob Nolan tony is my uncle he bad a** I'm in fertiday La
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saw him perform rainy night in georgia live in Nashville, it was awesome.
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Awesome guitar tone.
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I love it
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I love tony joe whites music but if it wasn't for Elvis covering polk salad he wouldn't be that popular
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I bought Black And White in 1968 because of Polk Salad Annie and discovered a classic album. TJW is a best kept secret that deserves to not be secret. An icon, in my opinion.
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burkify
It would be cool to hear him jam with JJ Cale. RIP JJ.
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Elvis wanted to be TJW. Check E's outfit on his Comeback video. Pure Tony Joe. The real thang.
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burkify
I can't believe I am just finding about this guy. I am pretty good at finding the not so famous greats. And of all ways it was through the foo fighters lost highway thing on tv. Glad to have finally heard him.
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stevendaddyo
TJ plays and sings with such deep roots. Really creates a mood. I love playing my drums while listening to him.
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foleygovtaff a i r s
With the passing of JJ Cale in '13, who is left that can do it. I mean 'Hoodoo'?! TJ please keep that guitar hot, those roots lyrics flowin, and your band doing what no one else seems to have figured out. And I will continue to play ur new stuff to old friends....
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Tony Joe ("Rainy Night In Georgia") White
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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Even Trolls like Rock &Roll
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One of the best concerts ever experienced in New Zealand - y'all come back now
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Good in blues has always been my favourite
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Gator's got your granny, chomp chomp. Hahahaha funny stuff
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TJW kicks a**
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I met and listened to TonyJoe in the late 60's in Corpus Christi,TX (where I resided) at a Holiday Inn , where he played daily. Used to listen to him in the afternoon, all alone int he night club while he was always rehearsing. In knowing him, have kept up with him I've kept up with his career.
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kvons1
POKE- SALAD!
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kvons1
PANDORA---is Roosevelt & Ira Lee the ONLY song Tony Joe White ever did?! How about Poke Salad Annie and MANY others?? Are music royalties on 40+ yr. old music THAT cost prohibitive to not play OTHER stuff? PANDORA----t h e variety of ARTISTS is great, HOWEVER the variety of SONGS from those artists is very limited! I have at least 28 various stations and the SAME songs keep cycling around and around in a circle no matter how I navigate or mix! ALL of these artists did more than 2 songs!!
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ooooh...swaa a m p y
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mrschaffins
i agree
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way cool
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kvons1
Polk Salad Annie-----Pa n d o r a ? ? ? ?
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The BEST!
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AWESOME TALENT
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copperhead43 4
Even trolls love rock and role
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Tony Joe White is a stud
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Love the rhythm in Swamp Rap by Tony Joe
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staaby82
I've been hearing "polk salad" damn near every week from the local blues cats and now just learned about Tony Joe.....
(I enjoy the rock stuff best)
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The soul of the swamp, baby
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the most hoffically squandered talent in the history of rock and roll.
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Toney Joe was the s**t!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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brm110
if you like willie nelson or johnny cash or creedance clearwater revival you got to check out tony joe white

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