Album of the Day
Born in Louisiana on this day in 1943, Tony Joe White came to prominence at the end of the 1960s with “Polk Salad Annie” and such artists as Elvis Presley and Brook Benton covering his work. A singer, songwriter and guitarist of the first order, Tony Joe's own performing career brought him to Warner Bros., and HOMEMADE ICE CREAM was his third and final studio album for the label. The 1973 collection, co-producer by Atlantic Records' Tom Dowd, brought acoustic textures to White's soulful Southern-fried rock. Cut with a small backing group, the 11 originals here have a wonderful back porch intimacy, and such songs as “Saturday Night In Oak Grove, Louisiana,” single “Backwoods Preacher Man” and “Did Somebody Make a Fool out of You” go down as easy as the set's titular treat. In honor of the Swamp Fox's birthday, we're serving up HOMEMADE ICE-CREAM.