Seeing Tony Joe White back in the late 1990s – and I told you about that, still have the stub – was quite the revelation. I knew of him, knew a bit of his music, and was excited to see him. But it was better than I expected. Then he returned a few times – I think I’ve seen him four times in total now. It’s always a good show. Though that first time was the really special gig I think.
He’s getting older and that voice is turning into more of a burr and that means that some of his songs sound even better – there’s a warmth, a charm, and I love his no-frills thing, just up there on the seat, guitar, harmonica, a drummer behind him. Sometimes they push the boat out and add some keys. But just as often the very best time to hear him is when it’s just TJW.
This gig was solid. And included an opening set from Simone Felice – I wasn’t that much of a fan up until seeing him live but it was a good opening act – and a good show.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.