Sad news for lovers of swamp music – Tony Joe White (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Joe_White) passed away this week. He was partially famous for his songs "Poke Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia", but his catalog contains a huge amount of grossly under-appreciated material equally fabulous, if not, sad to say, equally famous. Here's one delicious example:

https://youtu.be/tk-X_kUCL5I

Rest in peace, Tony Joe, Heaven is a funkier place with you there, and angels can now get a better groove on, thanks to you.

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Comment by The Songbird on October 29, 2018 at 10:19am

Gosh, thanks Tom.  This is one I did not know, and we don't often think of Tony Joe in/as a duet.  These are the perfect voices for this tale, telling both sides of his coinage so perfectly.  He's quite a thread in the fabric of my own tastes, so I'm right there with ya in the fond farewell.  

Comment by alsoknownas on October 29, 2018 at 3:02pm

Thanks Tom.

I'll wait to listen soon when I can set myself down to enjoy.

Comment by Tom Cordle on October 29, 2018 at 4:33pm

Songbird, Tony Joe was one of those artists who, while achieving moderate success, was not vanilla enough to achieve larger commercial success. In that, he was like many of the old black bluesmen he emulated, while having a voice that was distinctly his own. But he was far more than a great interpreter of the blues; he was a helluva songwriter as well. The lyrics of the old bluesmen were mostly simple, but Tony Joe transcended the idiom with songs like "Can't Go Back Home", "Rainy Night in Georgia", and many others ... songs with lyrics that stand on their own ... lyrics that can be judged as pretty damn good poetry.

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