Even if you haven’t heard of Tony Joe White, you’ve probably heard his music. His songs have been performed by Elvis, Ray Charles and Tina Turner. He’s even been sampled by Kanye West. Host Scott Simon talks with White about his distinctive swamp rock sound, and his new album, Hoodoo.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Tony Joe White is an original. Known for popularizing swamp music, he’s written songs that were performed by Elvis, Ray Charles and Tina Turner. Kanye West has borrowed from him, too. His swamp rock sound is a mix of Delta blues, Cajun, country, and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll. Now, nearly 40 years after he started recording, Tony Joe White’s latest album is out. It’s called “Hoodoo.” He joins us from Nashville. Thanks so much for being with us.