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Tony Joe White - Australian and NZ Tour 2013

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American singer-songwriter-guitarist Tony Joe White (aka "The Swamp Fox") is heading downunder for a series of concerts in Australia and New Zealand from 7th March until 1st April, 2013.

To his fans he needs no introduction however if you don't know him, he's kind of hard to classify. Youtube lists his music genre as Blues, Country, Bayou. His music has also been described as "swamp music and "swamp rock". Whatever you want to label it, it's the kind of music that stays with you and doesn't wear out its welcome no matter how many times you listen to it.

Tony Joe White grew up on a cotton farm in Louisiana and has often quoted Lightin' Hopkins amongst others as influencing his music. His best known song is Polk Salad Annie from way back in the 60's. Rainy Night in Georgia and Steamy Windows are also his compositions although Brook Benton and Tina Turner's versions respectively are better known. Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Etta James, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, and Dusty Springfield have all recorded his songs.

He's an excellent storyteller and spins some amazing tales ranging from haunting to jaunty. His website currently has a free download on offer of "Season Man" from his album The Shine.

His tour of Australia and New Zealand starts in Victoria, swings through New South Wales, New Zealand, South Australia, back to Victoria and then back to New South Wales for the Deni Blues & Roots Festival and East Coast Blues & Roots Festival. He has a loyal following so book early if you want to see this master of cool. Tickets are available from his website and also through the venues.

Concert dates are:

Victoria:

7th March
Caravan Music Club
Oakleigh

8th March
Thornbury Theatre
Thornbury

9th March
Theatre Royal
Castlemaine

10th March
Substation
Newport

NSW:

13th March
The Basement
Sydney

14th March
Coogee Diggers
Sydney

15th March
Hurlestone Park
NSW Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club

16th March
Lizottes Newcastle
Newcastle

17th March
Lizottes Dee Why
Dee Why

New Zealand:

20th March
TSB Theatre
New Plymouth

21st March
St James Theatre
Wellington

22nd March
Hawke's Bay Opera House
Hastings

23rd March
Clarence Street Theatre
Hamilton

24th March
The Powerstation
Auckland

South Australia:

28th March
The Governor Hindmarsh
Adelaide

Victoria:

29th March
Boogie Festival
Tallarook

NSW:

30th March
The Deni Blues & Roots Festival
Deniliquin

31st March & 1st April
East Coast Blues & Roots Festival
Byron Bay

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When: From 7th March to 1st April, 2013
Where: Various venues Australia and New Zealand
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