Tony Joe WHITE – The Heroines 2004

Tony Joe WHITE – The Heroines 2004
Recorded at Church St. Studio, Franklin, Tennessee.


For The Heroines, Tony Joe White invited some of his favorite female friends to the party. Unlike Hollywood movie stars, White likes his costars within spittin’ distance of his own age. Shelby Lynne’s lines in “Can’t Go Back Home” fit like a glove; her voice is reminiscent of White’s own, like someone simultaneously whispering sweet nothings and the secrets of the universe into your ear. Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Jessi Colter also join the swamp fox on a record that provides plenty of what one tune aptly calls “Back Porch Therapy.” The Heroines manages to tweak your libido and save your soul, magically, at once. ”
By Michael Ross.
On “The Heroines,” Tony Joe White, the swamp fox, rides high again. Two of the tracks are songs from his excellent 2001 effort “The Beginning.” “Ice Cream Man” sounds as excellent as when it rode into my personal top ten in 2001! The new version has a more full band sound and pours on the smoking White guitar. “Rich Woman Blues” is another excellent track that smolders with White’s growl-sing blues groove, “Got a telephone call this morning, My baby wrecked her Mercedes Benz, she totaled out her Mercedes Benz, I said long as you’re alright baby, that’s all that matters, let them tow the thing on in.” One of my favorites is the duet with Jessi Colter, “Fireflies in the Storm” with its searing slow burn, “Out of the shadows the wildness begins, we wait for morning & darkness moves in, but there’s a light that keeps shining warm like fireflies in the storm.” “Chaos Boogie” is a great rocking TJW track that sets your toe to tapping. The duets with Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Tony Joe’s daughter Michelle are all excellent. The set begins & ends with two brief guitar instrumentals. “The Heroines” continues Tony Joe White’s artistic peak, some 30 albums into his career. Enjoy!
By  Lee Armstrong.
Tony Joe White- Vocals, Guitar
David Ralicke- Saxophone, Trombone
Jessi Colter- Vocals, Guitar
Carson Whitsett- Hammond B-3 Organ
Jack Bruno- Drums
Marc Cohen- Drums
Jennifer Lynn Young- Fiddle, Cello
Michael Bolger- Trumpet
Michelle White- Vocals, Guitar
Steve Forrest- Bass Guitar
Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne
01. Gabriella 1:49
02. Can’t Go Back Home(with Shelby Lynne) 4:23
03. Ice Cream Man 4:28
04. Closing In On The Fire(with Lucinda Williams) 4:29
05. Back Porch Therapy 4:17
06. Playa Del Carmen Nights(with Michelle White) 4:37
07. Wild Wolf Calling(with Emmylou Harris) 4:08
08. Rich Woman Blues 4:56
09. Robbin’ My Honeycomb 5:10
10. Fireflies In The Storm(with Jessi Colter) 4:18
11. Chaos Boogie 5:38
12. Gabriella’s Affair 1:26

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