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Tony Joe White

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Tony Joe White's Hoodoo album cover
Tony Joe White's Hoodoo album cover DR

American singer-songwriter and guitarist Tony Joe White is a major figure on the R'n’B scene and especially in what’s known as swamp rock – a mix of blues, country boogie and R'n’B. He marks turning 70 years of age with a new – and 38th – album entitled, Hoodoo. After rising to fame back in 1968 with the hit song Polk Salad Annie, later famously recorded by Elvis, his music continues to inspire. He talks about the autobiographical roots of his new album, its super swampy feel, and the importance of keeping his music real.

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