Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White slices some Deep Cuts.
Tony Joe White slices some Deep Cuts.

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With Blood Country (formerly Chili Cold Blood),9 p.m. Saturday, August 2, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

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Not just an electrifying performer, Tony Joe White is also one of the great rock and roll writers of the past 40 years, registering cuts with everyone from Elvis to Tom Jones. He was a favorite of sultry UK soul queen Dusty Springfield, and even had a hit when Brook Benton covered his impeccable "Rainy Night in Georgia." In Houston, White was part of the famous 1973 Jerry Lee Lewis/Huey P. Meaux sessions at Sugar Hill Studios for Lewis's smoking 1973 release Southern Roots. Now 65, the king of swamp-rockin' is back with a hot new album, Deep Cuts, which has drawn rave reviews across the music press. Produced by son Jody, the album takes White into new and interesting territory with manic bursts of techno shock that work perfectly with his always-­blistering guitar licks, junkyard-dog tone and hounds-of-hell voice. Still a road warrior after decades in the rock and roll rat race, White likes to turn it to 11 and blow the woofers, and this show is guaranteed to test the low end of the Continental's PA.

 
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