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An Evening With Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White’s music is as primal as a lizard’s backbone. It echoes from the magnolia groves and bayous of his Louisiana childhood, and looms into the present every time he unleashes the molasses and tanned-leather combination of his guitar and voice. The legendary songwriter’s new blues-based album Bad Mouthin’, out this September, comes straight from the swamps with its blend of classics and five White originals, including two of the first songs he wrote — just before penning his breakthrough hits “Polk Salad Annie” and “A Rainy Night in Georgia” in 1967. During his career, White has collaborated with artists such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Tina Turner, J.J. Cale, and other admirers. Many of White’s songs have also been covered by major artists: “A Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brook Benton and Hank Williams Jr., “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” by Dusty Springfield, and of course “Polk Salad Annie” by Elvis. “If there’s anything like a line connecting everything that I’ve done, I would say it’s realness,” says White. “Even my songs that are sweet little love ballads—those are all real, inspired by real love and real life.” Please join us in welcoming legendary singer-songwriter Tony Joe White to the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation and performance, hosted by GRAMMY Museum’s Artistic Director, Scott Goldman.