Tony Joe White at the Hi-Tone Friday 

Tony Joe White is a one-man genre, the first and perhaps only progenitor of a particular, potent strain of swamp rock, which he alone seems to have the musical gifts to play: a deep voice that has gained grit over the years, a guitar filtered through an arsenal of old fuzz boxes, a scowling harmonica, and an eye for backwoods characters.

"Swamp rock is kind of bluesy, but you can dance to it," White says, in his signature baritone with a laid-back Louisiana accent ...

Read Stephen Duesner's story on Tony Joe White, who performs at the Hi-Tone tonight.

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