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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Rain Crow

1. Hoochie Woman

2. The Bad Wind

3. Rain Crow

4. The Opening of the Box

5. Right Back in the Fire

6. The Middle of Nowhere

7. Conjure Child

8. Where Do They Go

9. Tell Me a Swamp Story

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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: Polk Salad Annie

1. When You Touch Me

2. Baby Please Don't Go

3. I Want You Baby

4. Roosevelt And Ira Lee

5. You Got Me Runnin'

6. Hard To Handle

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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

9. Swamp Water

10. Roosevelt And Ira Lee

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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 (2006 Version)

4. Louvelda

5. Rebellion

6. Shakin' The Blues

7. Rainy Night In Georgia

8. Baby, Don't Look Down

9. Taking The Midnight Train (2006 Version)

10. Keeper Of The Fire

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Track List: Swamp Music: The Complete Monument Recordings

Disc 1

1. Willie And Laura Mae Jones (Remastered Version)

2. Soul Francisco (Remastered Version)

3. Aspen Colorado (Remastered Version)

4. Whompt Out On You (Remastered Version)

5. Don't Steal My Love (Remastered Version)

6. Polk Salad Annie (Remastered Version)

7. Who's Making Love (Remastered Version)

8. Scratch My Back (Remastered Version)

9. Little Green Apples (Remastered Version)

10. Wichita Lineman

11. The Look Of Love (Remastered Version)

12. Willie And Laura Mae Jones (Alternate Version)

13. I Protest (Remastered Version)

14. A Man Can Only Stand Just So Much Pain

15. Toil & Trouble (Early Version)

16. Georgia Pines (Remastered Version)

17. It's Not What You Got

18. Prison Song

19. Hung Up On You

20. Ten More Miles To Louisiana (Remastered Version)

21. Let The Party Roll On

22. Watching The Trains Go By (Alternate Version)

23. Georgia Pines (Alternate Version)

24. Baby Please Don't Go

Disc 2

1. Elements And Things (Remastered Version)

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

3. Woodpecker (Remastered Version)

4. Rainy Night In Georgia (Remastered Version)

5. For Le Ann (Remastered Version)

6. Old Man Willis (Remastered Version)

7. Woman With Soul (Remastered Version)

8. I Want You (Remastered Version)

9. I Thought I Knew You Well (Remastered Version)

10. The Migrant (Remastered Version)

11. Watching The Trains Go By (Remastered Single Version)

12. Old Man Willis (Remastered Single Version)

13. Funky Fingers

14. Soul Britches

15. Dusty Marshmellow

16. Toil & Trouble

17. What Does It Take [To Win Your Love]

18. This Guy's In Love With You

19. Woodpecker (Alternate Version)

20. Laying Out All Night

21. I Want Your Sweet Love

22. Keep A Movin' Train

Disc 3

1. Stud Spider (Remastered Version)

2. High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parrish (Remastered Version)

3. Widow Wimberly (Remastered Version)

4. Conjure Woman (Remastered Version)

5. Save Your Sugar For Me (Remastered Version)

6. Hard To Handle (Remastered Version)

7. What Does It Take [To Win Your Love]

8. My Friend (Remastered Version)

9. Stockholm Blues (Remastered Version)

10. Boom Boom (Remastered Version)

11. Groupy Girl (Remastered Version)

12. Prisoner

13. Do You Want My Love

14. Gospel Singer

15. I Hate To See You Cry

16. Dusty Marshmellow

17. I Can't Stand It

18. Mississippi River

Disc 4

1. Mississippi Delta

2. Chain Of Fools

3. Woodpecker

4. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown

5. Blue Monday

6. Tobacco Road / Dead End Street

7. Caress Me Babe!

8. Dusty Marshmellow

9. Just Look At You

10. Skinny Legs & All

11. Boom Boom (Live @ ISLE of WIGHT-Remastered)

12. Roosevelt And Ira Lee (Night Of The Mossacin Live @ ISLE of WIGHT-Remastered)

13. I Want You (Live @ ISLE of WIGHT-Remastered)

14. Groupy Girl (Live @ ISLE of WIGHT-Remastered)

15. Stud Spider (Live @ ISLE of WIGHT-Remastered)

16. Polk Salad Annie (Live @ ISLE of WIGHT-Remastered)

17. Save Your Sugar For Me (Live @ ISLE of WIGHT-Remastered)

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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: Rhino Hi-Five: Tony Joe White

1. Polk Salad Annie

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

3. Even Trolls Love Rock And Roll

4. A Night In The Life Of A Swamp Fox

5. Soul Francisco

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Track List: One Hot July

1. Crack The Window Baby

2. Gumbo John

3. Across From Midnight

4. Goin' Down Rockin'

5. Cold Fingers

6. I Want My Fleetwood Back

7. I Believe I've Lost My Way

8. Don't Over Do It

9. The Delta Singer

10. Ol' Black Crow

11. One Hot July

12. Conjure Woman

13. Selena

14. One Hot July (String Ensemble)

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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: Homemade Ice-Cream

1. Saturday Night In Oak Grove, Louisiana

2. For Ol' Times Sake

3. I Want Love (Tween You & Me)

4. Homemade Ice Cream

5. Ol' Mother Earth

6. Lazy

7. California On My Mind

8. Backwoods Preacher Man

9. Takin' The Midnight Train

10. No News Is Good News

11. Did Somebody Make A Fool Out Of You

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Track List: The Train I'm On

1. I've Got A Thing About You Baby

2. The Family

3. If I Ever Saw A Good Thing

4. Beouf River Road

5. The Train I'm On

6. Even Trolls Love Rock And Roll

7. As The Crow Flies

8. Take Time To Love

9. 300 Pounds of Hongry

10. The Migrant

11. Sidewalk Hobo

12. The Gospel Singer

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Track List: Tony Joe White

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

2. The Change

3. My Kinda Woman

4. The Daddy

5. Black Panther Swamp

6. Fitness To Purpose

7. A Night In The Life Of A Swamp Fox

8. Traveling Bone

9. I Just Walked Away

10. Copper Kettle

11. Voodoo Village

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Track List: Tony Joe

1. Stud Spider

2. High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parrish

3. Widow Wimberly

4. Groupy Girl

5. Conjure Woman

6. Save Your Sugar For Me

7. Hard To Handle

8. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)

9. My Friend

10. Stockholm Blues

11. Boom Boom

12. I Protest

13. A Man Can Only Stand Just So Much Pain

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Track List: Black & White

1. Willie And Laura Mae Jones (1969)

2. Soul Francisco

3. Aspen, Colorado (1968)

4. Whompt Out On You

5. Don't Steal My Love

6. Polk Salad Annie

7. Who's Making Love

8. Scratch My Back

9. Little Green Apples

10. Wichita Lineman

11. The Look Of Love

12. Georgia Pines

13. Ten More Miles To Louisiana

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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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jane.lightni n g
This singer DOES NOT sound like Leonard Cohen, y'all.
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The troll is the best , outstanding
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Outstanding talent , one one even comes close , to him , he is definitely one of a kind!!
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Did the sheriff catch him.....ldt
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Been listening since the late 60s no one better also saw him best ....,ldt
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Great stuff TJW....big dish of polk salad....JMA
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TJW & Elvis Polk Salad so great...hard to be still
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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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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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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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