Release Date: May 27, 2016
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Roots Rock, Swamp Pop
Tony Joe White is to swamp rock what the Beatles were to the British Invasion and the Sex Pistols were to punk: the first and the best-known performers of the genre. While the Beatles changed dramatically over time and the Sex Pistols exploded into fragments, White has pretty much stayed the same. There really isn’t much stylistically different between his new release, Rain Crow and his 1968 debut Black and White.
Tony Joe White is a genre unto himself. Sure, there are other artists who can approximate White's rich gumbo of blues, rock, country, and bayou atmosphere, but almost 50 years after "Polk Salad Annie" made his name, you can still tell one of his records from its first few moments. 2016's Rain Crow confirms White hasn't lost his step in the recording studio.