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Tony Joe White On World Cafe | February 5, 2014

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  • Photo Credit: 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 thisWorld Cafe session sounding swampy.

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Tracklisting:

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David Bowie “Scary Monsters” Scary Monsters
The Hold Steady “Spinners” Teeth Dreams
Tegan & Sara “Walking with a Ghost” So Jealous
((Typhoon “Young Fathers” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Tony Joe White “Way Down South” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Tony Joe White “The Gift” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Tony Joe White “Polk Salad Annie” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Tony Joe White “Way Down South” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Brook Benton “Rainy Night in Georgia” 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brook Benton
Blitzen Trapper “Thirsty Man” VII
Amos Lee “The Man Who Wants You” Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
The Black Crowes “Remedy” Southern Harmony & Musical Companion
((Tony Joe White “The Gift” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Polica “Dark Star” Give You The Ghost
Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” Bad Self Portraits
Steely Dan “Barrytown” Pretzel Logic
San Fermin “Methuselah” San Fermin
Kate Bush “And So Is Love” The Red Shoes
((Ween “Your Party” La Cucaracha))
David Crosby “What’s Broken” Croz
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young “Déjà Vu” Déjà Vu
Damien Jurado “Silver Timothy” Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
The Districts “Funeral Beds” The Districts
The Lumineers “Ho Hey” The Lumineers
((Smith Westerns “Weekend” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Robert Glasper Experiment “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Nirvana “All Apologies” MTV Unplugged in NYC
Nina Simone “I Think it’s Going to Rain Today” Nina Simone and Piano