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Tony Joe White reigns supreme as one of the true masters of get-down funky bluesy swamp rock music.
Tony Joe White grew up on a cotton farm in northwest Louisiana, the wellspring that has nourished his mysterious, magical songs for more than 50 years. From his first club gigs 50 years ago and since his debut album Black and White in 1969, which featured his Top Ten pop hit Polk Salad Annie his childhood memories have taken shape in his songs. Among the many artists who have recorded his songs are Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, George Jones, Hank Williams, Jr. and Elvis Presley.
On his new album, Rain Crow, he once again summons recollections of long ago, when animals foretold the weather, tongue-talking worshippers proved their faith by handling deadly snakes and a bad wind could drive a man to edge of insanity.
“His swamp rock sound is a mix of Delta blues, Cajun, country and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll.” NPR Weekend Edition
“…White remains an unsung hero of American music, a fairly well-kept secret…” The Bluegrass Situation
This September and October sees a packed programme of gigs which showcase the finest international and local artists. From Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations and pop icons Heaven 17 to local stars Field Music and Brazilian hip hop activist Billy Saga, we have your musical taste...
North East Guitar Festival returns to Sage Gateshead with a line up of top guitar players in every style, new commissions, international artist debuts, foyer events and the Young Artist Platform. Expect classical, world, rock, roots, Flamenco and more- the guitar is the most accessible and...
Sage Gateshead showcases a strong line-up of folk, roots and blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic.