First in five years from Southern rock icon

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Tony Joe White – Snakey

Swamp rock? Forget Credence Clearwater Revival. Nice middle-class boys from California, down to their snakeskin boots. Tony Joe White has been the real deal for more than 30 years, part Cherokee and straight out of the Louisiana bayou. His first album since 1998 finds him smouldering pretty much as he has since “Polk Salad Annie”, and the chooglin’ guitars, steamy Southern beats and lyrics about rattlesnakes are as primordial as the swamp itself.