"Polk Salad Annie"man joins forces with the country-soul sisterhood

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Tony Joe White – The Heroines

Songs about women and a series of duets with them add up to a concept album of an unusual stripe from Louisiana swamp-rock legend Tony Joe White. Shelby Lynne adds her lazy Alabama drawl to the smoochy swamp-rock of “Can’t Go Back Home”. Lucinda Williams smoulders with intent. Emmylou Harris is less earthy, but her keening tones contrast thrillingly with the pebble-dashed vocals of white, who, now in his 60s, sounds like a cross between JJ Cale and Johnny Cash. If you dug the two recent Country Got Soul compilations, this should be your next stop.