Tony Joe White - Scratch My Back
Today's post is inspired by the great post at Funky 16 Corners about the great Tony Joe White, whose '60s recordings for Monument are a great amalgam of swamp pop and blue-eyed soul. I'll defer to Larry's post for details about White, but I'll jump in with today's selection, which he mentioned in the post but didn't provide a link for. Quite a few artists covered Slim Harpo's "Baby Scratch My Back," ranging from Clifton Chenier's zydeco take ("Just Keep On Scratching," featured in Brainfreeze) to Oliver Sain's early '70s funk version for A-Bet. White's version of the tune ups the swamp quotient and is, in my opinion, the best of the covers. As the wah-wah infused groove pushes along White grunts and groans in a manner to eliminate any doubt that may existed from Harpo's record as to what "back scratching" entails.
(EDITOR'S NOTE - Thanks to the sole commenter on Saturday regarding the use of ZShare for file preview and download. I would like to hear from more of you as to whether you like the change or not - the fact that there have been over 300 downloads in the last three days seems to suggest it's going well!)