Swamp rock pioneer Tony Joe White celebrates 40-year career

Tony Joe White, whose 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie" introduced the world to the funky, country-blues groove known as "swamp rock", reprises some of his classic songs for modern times with Deep Cuts, out on Swamp Records, June 10.

The record is the 21st release of White’s 40-year career and features some of the songwriter’s most decidedly vivid storytelling in songs, which date back to the late ’60s and early ’70s. White and his son Jody cut these classic songs utilizing a palette full of beats and loops, samples, digital and live drums, strings and organs. Though the sonic updates refresh the sound, the record is still rooted in the bayou funk of White’s unmistakable guitar and his swaggering baritone.

Two songs from Deep Cuts, "As the Crow Flies," and "Roosevelt and Ira Lee," are available for preview on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/tonyjoewhite.

Rolling Stone’s David Fricke calls the Louisiana native’s music, "As funky as anything out of Stax or Muscle Shoals." Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Dusty Springfield, Hank Williams, Jr., and Kenny Chesney have all cut White’s songs; he has opened on tour for Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, James Taylor and Joe Cocker.

In support of Deep Cuts, White has a series of eleven headlining dates lined up this summer, beginning May 30 and running through August 30:

May 30    Nashville, TN            Frist Friday
May 31     Memphis, TN            Hi-Tone Cafe
June 8        Chicago, IL              Chicago Blues Festival
June 10    West Hollywood, CA      Key Club – Downstairs

June 11    Santa Cruz, CA           Moe’s Alley
June 12    San Francisco, CA        Café du Nord

June 25    New York, NY            Joe’s Pub
June 28    Philadelphia, PA           World Café Live
July 17        Birmingham, AL        Workplay Theatre
July 19        Decatur, GA            Eddie’s Attic
Aug 30        Copper, CO            Copper Country

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