Just two years after his last release for Yep Roc, legendary songwriter and swamp rock/country funk pioneer Tony Joe White is back again and he’s doubling down on the Blues with this offering.
Of the dozen songs off of “Bad Mouthin’,” five are originals and the rest of covers, drawn out with White’s deep growl and his slow, deliberate Blues riffs. The man behind “Polk Salad Annie,” coincidentally one of the most covered songs out there, gives his defiantly unique interpretation of classics like “Baby Please Don’t Go,” Jimmy Reed’s “Big Boss Man” and the Elvis standard “Heartbreak Hotel.” Each of those songs have been tackled time and time again, but White manages to re-interrupt each one again in such a way that you’d swear you were hearing them for the first time.
Among the White-penned songs on “Bad Mouthin’” are two of the earliest songs he wrote, “Sundown Blues” and the title track.
Tony Joe White – Bad Mouthin’/12 tracks/Yep Roc/2018