Tony Joe White is a National Treasure. The veteran southern roots performer and songwriter, now 75, was playing the music that became known as Swamp Rock over half a century ago, straight from the the Louisiana bayous where he grew up. That environment, and his love of hard-core, unvarnished blues and country music, inspired him to a career that yielded a number of songs now considered standards.
My review of Willie Nelson's latest album, an eloquent, humorous survey of the vicissitudes of aging. He turns 84 tomorrow.
Despite health rumors, age and the loss of some of his closest musical compatriots, Willie Nelson turns 84 next Saturday (April 29), a day after Legacy Recordings releases God's Problem Child, the ninth studio album he's recorded for the label since joining them in 2012.