Singer/songwriter Tony Joe White passed away on October 25th at the age of 75. A singular artist who will never be replaced, White created an entire genre of music all his own, Swamp Rock. A purist in every sense of the word, he even recorded his latest album in a horse barn.
Tony Peters had an opportunity to talk with White just a few months ago, on the eve of the release of his latest album, Bad Mouthin’. Much of the interview centers on the stories behind the songs on the record – many of which are tributes to the artists that influenced him over the years.
He also tells us the stories behind his two most-famous songs – “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia,” which Brook Benton took to the top of the charts. White also recalls being asked to join Elvis Presley on tour and what a thrill that was.
We also found some bonus interview footage where he discusses his role in a recent movie by Shelby Lynne. Join us as we pay tribute to Tony Joe White.