9 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like many other masters of American roots music, from Johnny Cash to Muddy Waters, Tony Joe White basically does one thing better than just about anyone else on the planet. The bulk of his discography is most effectively analyzed by how well he serves that singular sound, not how interestingly he can diverge from it. Since the late ‘60s, the Louisiana-born singer/guitarist has been hailed as an originator of a style alternately known as swamp rock or country soul, which blends deep blues, bayou R&B, and a touch of country-boy twang. White’s been refining and perfecting this rough-hewn, almost primal approach with a magnetically monomaniacal intensity, and Hoodoo keeps boiling down that sound to its essence. White’s husky, lowdown moan smolders as insinuatingly as ever. His lean, bluesy guitar riffs bear an inevitability that’s almost biblical, and his minimalist approach to both writing and record-making eschews crass concerns like commerciality in favor of the good ‘n’ greasy vibes on everything from the muscular, funk-flecked “The Gift” to the slow, swampy soul of “Gypsy Epilogue.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like many other masters of American roots music, from Johnny Cash to Muddy Waters, Tony Joe White basically does one thing better than just about anyone else on the planet. The bulk of his discography is most effectively analyzed by how well he serves that singular sound, not how interestingly he can diverge from it. Since the late ‘60s, the Louisiana-born singer/guitarist has been hailed as an originator of a style alternately known as swamp rock or country soul, which blends deep blues, bayou R&B, and a touch of country-boy twang. White’s been refining and perfecting this rough-hewn, almost primal approach with a magnetically monomaniacal intensity, and Hoodoo keeps boiling down that sound to its essence. White’s husky, lowdown moan smolders as insinuatingly as ever. His lean, bluesy guitar riffs bear an inevitability that’s almost biblical, and his minimalist approach to both writing and record-making eschews crass concerns like commerciality in favor of the good ‘n’ greasy vibes on everything from the muscular, funk-flecked “The Gift” to the slow, swampy soul of “Gypsy Epilogue.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

BrigitteinTaos ,

Another strong showing by the original Swamp Fox

Now 7 decades on Planet Earth, the Swamp Fox still knows how to crank out a story put to music. In fact, what I've always loved about this man's Delta style is that he doesn't lament much about lost loves and dreams, but in the fashion of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn spins a tale that fits the music and takes you deep down into the hot steamy lowlands of the Mississippi. Having just been back to a very cleaned up Memphis TN, this heart and soul fed by grits and milk gravy seems to become a lost art among musicians of any color. TJW still has it and I hope he sticks around several more decades to flavor the musical scene with simplicity, honesty and down home rock. It doesn't get any better than this.

Gov. Harbor ,

Fantastic

Real, honest, American music. This record was recorded live in the studio, most songs in a single take. You will be pleased.

Pitifulhumans ,

ANOTHER 5 star effort

This dude is putting out the best swamp music the world has ever heard. And he keeps doing it CD after CD. I can’t get enough. Deep Cuts blew me away. Now this. This guy stays in my music rotation and has been there for 10 years with no end in sight. THANK YOU TONY. Please keep making music.

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