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by Chris M. Slawecki
You might not recognize Tony Joe White by name but chances are you recognize his songs. A musical lone wolf born and raised on a Louisiana cotton farm about twenty miles from the nearest town (Oak Grove), White's unique blend of country funk and blues proved fertile for soulful singers from Elvis Presley ("Poke Salad Annie") to Brook Benton ("A Rainy Night in Georgia") to Dusty Springfield ("Willie and Laura Mae Jones") to Eric Clapton ("Did Somebody Make ...read more
by Doug Collette
If Tony Joe White's seventeenth album, Bad Mouthin', proves anything, it's how deeply evocative of his Southern heritage are his own songs, even as they stand next to--and sound of a piece with--those of Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Charlie Patton. Appropriately, virtually all twelve tracks on this LP find the author of Polk Salad Annie" and Rainy Night in Georgia" playing all by himself, reaffirming the strength in the simplicity of the blues. Not ...read more