Tony Joe White :: Black Panther Swamps

Tony Joe White turns 71 today — a good excuse as any to put on one of his many excellent platters. I recommend 1971’s self-titled Tony Joe White. Cut at Sounds of Memphis Studio and Ardent Recording Studio in Memphis for Warner Brothers, it’s thick, greasy, and sticky, a potent blend of country, R&B, and down home blues, with the leering White serving as a sly, funky narrator. He was already a proven hit maker by that point, with singles like “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia”   -- recorded by Elvis and . . .

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