Fresh off the back from his latest album release Rain Crow mid last year, American Singer-Songwriter Tony Joe White has announced he will be returning to Australian shores this April. Set to be the Swamp Fox and blues icon’s biggest and most ambitious tour here yet, the Aussie leg of his travels will kickstart in Melbourne April 13th, with an appearance at Byron Bay Blues Festival, and run through to April 24th.
In conjunction with Love Police Touring, The Fly By Night Club is bringing the iconic blues artist over for two intimate Perth shows – Saturday, 22nd April at The Charles Hotel and Sunday, 23rd April at The Fly By Night Musicians Club, with special guest and multi-instrumentalist, Lightnin’ Jack. The second show ties in nicely with The Fly’s 30th year anniversary and promises to be a historic and rocking night.
Also referred to as The Swamp Fox, Tony Joe White is a legend of the music game and at the age of 73, he just keeps getting better. He was born for the blues and grew up on a healthy dose of music in Louisiana, raised on a diet of Lightnin’ Hopkins and local bluesmen; an upbringing that is reflected through his haunting music and veneer of authenticity that’s added to everything he touches.
Gems like Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night in Georgia were just the beginning. His recording career has now spanned parts of six different decades and spawned well over 20 albums with his songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and Etta James. He has worked in the studio or on stage with list of artists that would make your head spin – Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, The MGs, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, Waylon Jennings, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and recently appeared with the Foo Fighters on Letterman as they performed Polk Salad Annie, which prompted host David Letterman to say “If I was this guy, you could all kiss my ass.” Fair call!
The blues artist isn’t one to sit still either, and he remains as relevant as he ever was with the release of his latest album, Rain Crow which received a 4/5-star review from American Songwriter Magazine.
“Rain Crow is yet another stunning example that Tony Joe White’s uncompromising, often ominous vision, shows no signs of diminishing.”
Whether you’ve been with TJW for the duration of his career or are a newcomer to his incredible music it matters not – his talent is certainly something worth experiencing in the flesh, with a live performance that’ll blow you away. In addition his two Perth shows, TJW will also play shows in Auckland, Adelaide, Melbourne, Meeniya and Sydney, plus an appearance at Byron Bay Blues Festival in light of his latest album release. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, but punters are encouraged to get in quick as they will sell out!
Saturday 22nd April | The Charles Hotel | $55 | Event details here
Sunday 23rd April | The Fly By Night Musicians Club | $71.50 | Event details here
*Please note, the Sunday show will be an exclusive performance with limited numbers and fully seated.