Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tony Joe White - 1970-08-28, Isle of Wight

White at Wight...

On the poster advertising the 1970 Isle of Wight festival is a litany of famous rockers: Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and tucked away at the bottom is Sly and the Family Stone. Absent: Miles Davis (really?) and one Tony Joe White.

White died the other day, not long after releasing his latest - and probably final - album Bad Mouthin'. It's a good record, but not one that made many waves, which suggests that over the years, he never really lost it, just that tastes changed. Too bad, because he was a heck of performer. For me, his music hits a sweet spot right between CCR's swampy rock and the 70s outlaw vibes of Waylon Jennings.

This share came to me buried deep on a limited-edition, out of print box set The Complete Monument Recordings (find it here at Discogs) and I think the music's too good not to sit on, and with White's passing, it's worth a listen. It's short, to the point, and White's accompanied only by Cozy Powell, who he allegedly only met a few hours before the gig. You'd never know it from the way they mesh.

1 comment:

M. Milner said...

White at Wight: