Of all the places in Macon I’d expect to need a pair of waders, the Cox Capitol Theatre would definitely be toward the bottom of the list. But by the end of legendary Louisiana songwriter Tony Joe White’s hour-long set of growling, gritty, blues-driven swamp rock, I was glad I had chosen a seat in the mezzanine where I could enjoy the music from high above the floor where it seemed that, in the wake of the humid notes of Mississippi Delta magic pumping from the speakers, one may fall victim to a hungry gator or bloodthirsty swamp people.
Most famous for hits “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia,” the Swamp Fox is currently on tour in support of his new album Rain Crow, a very satisfying collection of new songs that shows that even several decades into his historic career, this Southern music icon still has his chops. From the moment he took the stage wielding his divinely-toned Fender Stratocaster, the audience sat enraptured as his gravelly voice – accompanied only by his guitar and a lone percussionist – took us on a tour through the humid stretches of swampy Southland that exists within the realm of this masterful musician’s art. If you missed Tony Joe this time around, make sure not to make the same mistake again. Just be careful where you sit… you might go home with redbugs.