Joshua Black Wilkins/Courtesy of the artist
Tony Joe White. Joshua Black Wilkins/Courtesy of the artist
Tony Joe White pretty much invented the swamp-rock genre in 1969 with his first album, Black and White; Elvis Presley often covered White's huge hit "Polk Salad Annie." (As White sings in his song, Polk salad is a food synonymous with the rural poor South.)
Over the years, White's songs have also been covered by Brook Benton, Tina Turner and Dusty Springfield. Now, White has a new album called Hoodoo. He's kept his sound pure over the years, and he brings his legendary wah-wah pedal and drummer to keep this World Cafe session sounding swampy.