Tony Joe White Returns in September
The legendary baritone-throated Swamp Fox – Tony Joe White – gets raw and real on his new record, The Shine, set for September 28 release on his own Swamp Records. It is a stripped-down collection of ten new White-penned songs markedly different from his last record, the critically acclaimed ‘Uncovered,’ which featured a slew of special guests including Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald and J.J. Cale.
The Shine is all about White. He produced and recorded the album himself in his home studio outside Nashville. From the first whispery notes of “Season Man,” in which he recounts an ominous dream, to the record’s closing track, “A Place to Watch the Sun Go Down,” ‘The Shine’ is “an album of understated beauty and beguiling mystery.”
For those late to the game: Over the past five decades, White has scored major hits of his own, and seen some immortal artists turn his compositions into signature songs–from Elvis Presley‘s version of “Polk Salad Annie” to Ray Charles’ take on “Rainy Night In Georgia.” He has also written for Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr. and Dusty Springfield to name but a few.
White will tour extensively this fall (dates tba), and take it from me: you definitely do not want to miss the Americana, swamp-rock godfather.
The Shine Tracklisting:
Ain’t Doing Nobody No Good
Paintings on the Mountain
Tell Me Why
Long Way From the River
Something to Soften the Blow
Roll Train Roll
A Place to Watch the Sun Go Down
Tony Joe White with “Not One Bad Thought”. This was recorded and broadcast through Dutch television.
The song is from his 2006 release Uncovered which features collaborations with Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale and Mark Knopfler.