Louisiana born swamp rock legend Tony Joe White’s show at the Tuning Fork on Sunday 9 April has now sold out. Being such an intimate show for a man of his stature and talent and with his Australian shows selling out it is of little surprise that these tickets were snapped up so fast.
73 years old and still going strong, Louisiana-born Tony Joe White is nothing short of a musical treasure. A bona fide legend of the music game, White just keeps getting better. Part-Cherokee, White was brought up as part of a big brood on a cotton farm in Louisiana, raised on a diet of Lightnin’ Hopkins and local bluesmen, an upbringing reflected to this day in his evocative, haunting music.
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 a 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 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.
Not one to sit still, the “King of Swamp Rock” is still as relevant as he ever was with the release of his latest album, Rain Crow. American Songwriter magazine gave it a 4 from 5 star review and said “Rain Crow is yet another stunning example that Tony Joe White’s uncompromising, often ominous vision, shows no signs of diminishing.”
Recorded at his own studio and produced by his son, Jody White, Rain Crow summons recollections of long ago, when animals foretold the weather, tongue-talking worshippers proved their faith by handling snakes and a “bad wind” could drive a man to edge of insanity. The nine-song set features new compositions White wrote over the past three years, including co-writes with his wife, Leann, and Billy Bob Thornton on “The Middle of Nowhere.”
Tony Joe White
Sunday April 9th: The Tuning Fork, Auckland - SOLD OUT!
The Tuning Fork have announced Austin, Texas based singer-songwriter Adam Torres will open for Julien Baker at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Sunday 23 July 2017.
Last night The Tuning Fork hosted managers, industry professionals, artists, and celebrities, to celebrate the people behind some of the biggest artists in the New Zealand music industry at the MMF Music Manager’s Awards.
Seamless have announced that next-big- thing Drax Project, Cambridge rapper Diaz Grimm and electro-pop extraordinaire Jon Lemmon will play the third instalment of the All Ages Seamless series, held at The Tuning Fork on May 19.
Memphis songstress Julien Baker will play her debut New Zealand show at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on Sunday 23 July.
Vitamins have been taken, the weather has been checked and fingers & toes have been crossed.
Weather has forced Nadia Reid to postone tonight's show at The Tuning Fork in Auckland
The New Zealand Music Managers Forum with support from the NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music NZ and OneMusic have announced the finalists for the 2017 Music Managers Awards.
Nadia Reid had to call her show to a halt on Saturday evening show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork due to a virus she had been battling for a number of days that decided to crescendo on Saturday.
New York-based three-piece pop rock phenomenon, Against The Current, will visit New Zealand for the first time this October.
Sun Kil Moon’s will play their first show in New Zealand in nearly a decade at The Tuning Fork on 28 May, 2017.
Auckland songwriter Tom Cunliffe will open for Swamp King Tony Joe White at both Tuning Fork shows on Sunday 9 & Monday 10 April.
The stone-hard riffing machine that is Endless Boogie return to NZ in April for one Auckland show at the Tuning Fork on Sunday 23rd April.