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Tony Joe White

  • Tony Joe [Monument, 1970] C+

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Tony Joe [Monument, 1970]
Because he sticks to his roots, White has those who don't trust rock-as-art all hot and bothered. Well, I don't trust rock-as-art myself, but I don't trust these bayou set pieces either. White's tales of spiders, widders, conjure wimmin, and wayward rich girls all sound like I've seen them on television, only there they had endings. Nor do the Otis Redding and Junior Walker covers teach me anything new. The John Lee Hooker is better. As are "Save Your Sugar for Me," about teenage sex, and "Stockholm Blues," about a songwriter from the bayous who goes somewhere in an airplane. C+