Tony Joe White’s posthumous album, ‘Smoke From The Chimney’, brings to life previously unknown recordings by the legendary songwriter and musician. Produced by Dan Auerbach from nine unreleased vocal/guitar demos and performed by an ensemble “who capture the DNA of Tony Joe White’s songs with beauty, warmth, and reverence.” (NPR’s Bruce Warren).
Starting with the album’s genesis as an unforeseen trove of demos in the hands of producer Dan Auerbach and rounded out by Nashville’s most seasoned studio musicians, ‘Smoke from the Chimney’ started out as a number of unadorned voice and guitar demos from White’s home studio before being transformed into full band arrangements harkening back to the albums he recorded in the late 60s and early 70s in Nashville and Muscle Shoals – just as he was emerging as an internationally recognised songwriter and recording artist.
A pioneer of the Louisiana swamp rock sound, White’s eclectic legacy has persevered through decades of influence, covers and popular culture. Across five decades as a performer and storyteller, Tony Joe White- a.k.a. “The Swamp Fox” – left an indelible mark on American music. His catalogue offers indisputable classics such as “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia,” and his songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Kenny Chesney, Waylon Jennings, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, and Tina Turner.
‘Smoke from the Chimney’ captures Tony Joe White’s signature style in its purest form and serves as a living testimony to one of the most gifted lyricists and storytellers music has ever known.
Label: Easy Eye Sound
Catalogue Number: EES01602
Release Date: 7 May 2021