Tony Joe White’s Steamy, Irresistable “Hoodoo”

Doesn't this field have a goddamned outlet?Anna Goetze


Tony Joe White
Hoodoo
Yep Roc

Louisiana-born Tony Joe White scored his biggest hit, the stomping “Polk Salad Annie,” in 1969, and has been making great swamp rock ever since. Although he’s never received the acclaim someone with his talent and originality deserves, White’s evocative songs have been recorded by such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Shelby Lynne, Brook Benton, and Tina Turner, and you can hear echoes of his sultry vibe in the work of Mark Knopfler or Eric Clapton.

The steamy and irresistible Hoodoo makes it hard to believe White just turned 70. He still sings like a randy youngster, crooning in a sexy low growl that suggests a tomcat on a night out, and his fluid guitar work gracefully fuses the ethereal and the sensual. Check out the smoldering “Storm Comin’,” a vivid tale of bad weather, or the slow-burning “Sweet Tooth” and prepare to break out in a funky sweat.

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