Tony Joe White

Rainy Night in Georgia

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Tony Joe White's delightfully skewed, greasy, swamp-soaked Louisiana pop view of the world is a really special one and it's amazing that more people don't know about this guy. Oh, his hit "Polk Salad Annie" from 1969 bubbles up from time to time on the oldies stations, but White has pretty much spent his whole career flying just beneath the commercial radar. This 14-track set makes a nice introduction to his key tracks from the late '60s and early '70s, and it includes "Polk Salad Annie," the Southern gothic narrative songs "Willie and Laura Mae Jones" and "High Sheriff of Calhoun Parrish," a marvelous version of "Rainy Night in Georgia" (arguably White's best composition), and the ominously funky "Stockholm Blues."

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