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Premiere: Tony Joe White back to the swamp in 'The Middle of Nowhere'

Premiere: Tony Joe White back to the swamp in 'The Middle of Nowhere'

Swamp-rock master Tony Joe White is back with a new album, “Rain Crow,” scheduled for release May 27, and The Times is premiering a characteristically sultry and atmospheric track, “The Middle of Nowhere.”

Over a loping drumbeat, throbbing bass and eerily distorted guitar, White, who wrote the songs with musician-actor Billy Bob Thornton, conjures pictures from a backwoods gathering as he sings, “I could ride on the tailgate of my daddy’s truck/he would take me to the river I could hear the boys cuttin’ up.”

The tale, White says, was inspired by a man with Down syndrome he knew...

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