He recorded his new record in a horse barn
Call it swamp rock, or whatever you want, but Tony Joe White has created a style of music all his own and he’s parlayed it into a career that’s lasted over 50 years. He hit the top 10 in 1969 with “Polk Salad Annie,” and penned the soulful ballad “Rainy Night in Georgia,” first made famous by Brook Benton, but has been covered by countless performers.
He’s worked with everyone from Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton to Jerry Lee Lewis and Joe Cocker. His latest album is stripped-down affair called Bad Mouthin’ from Yep Roc records.
White talks about the record that inspired him to start writing songs of his own. Plus, what it was like not only having Elvis Presley record three of his compositions, but also getting the opportunity to hang out with The King backstage.
Elvis Presley – The Searcher – Original Soundtrack (RCA / Legacy)
3-disc soundtrack to the new HBO documentary
It’s hard to mention Elvis Presley and not think of the white jumpsuit, the gold-rimmed glasses and his “thank you very much” deep voice. In fact, his music often seems to take a backseat to the legend. Elvis Presley – The Searcher, a two-part documentary debuting on HBO, attempts to set the record straight by concentrating on Presley as an artist.
An accompanying three-disc soundtrack pulls together his most passionate performances – familiar favorites sit alongside rare alternate and live versions, and songs that he was influenced by. The goal here is to help paint a more clear picture of Elvis as an extremely talented musician. Continue reading Elvis Presley – The Searcher (Soundtrack) – Examining Elvis the Artist