Tony Joe White
Bluesfest is proud to announce the return of renowned the Swamp Fox Tony Joe White. From his first club gigs some 50 years ago, and since his debut album Black and White in 1969 Tony Joe White’s songs have become a part of Deep South Blues legend. Many have been covered by other artists: ‘Rainy Night in Georgia’ by Brook Benton and Hank Williams Jr., ‘Willie and Laura Mae Jones’ by Dusty Springfield, and of course ‘Polk Salad Annie’ by Elvis.
White has lived long enough to see plenty of changes. Throughout the 60s and 70s his star rose, leading to collaborations with Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Tina Turner, J.J. Cale and other admirers. At the same time, recording and concert technology changed the act of making and playing music into something foreign to those who were schooled on John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Hank Williams, backwoods church shouts and hints of the supernatural. And so Tony Joe White is more than an artist of unique gifts and sensitivities. He is also a link to a time that may already be lost but will be kept alive as long as he keeps revisiting it in song.
He released his 27th album in 2016, entitled Rain Crow. In recent years he has also been on Jools Holland, performed at Glastonbury and on the David Letterman show with the Foo Fighters who featured him heavily in the Sonic Highways Nashville episode. Don’t miss the return of one of the defining voices of Deep South Blues as Tony Joe White once again takes his rightful spot on the Bluesfest stage in 2017.
“If I were this guy, you could kiss my ass.” – David Letterman
“The predatory, hypnotic swamp grooves that have been Tony Joe White’s stock-in-trade throughout his career lend a magical backwoods bayou ambience to the nine tracks of "Rain Crow", on which his peculiar songcraft and grizzled Woodbine baritone conjure up gripping regional narratives.”- independent.co.uk
“At 70, he's still as intense and dangerous as all hell” - Mojo