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Southern singer and songwriter Tony Joe White has an impressive career stretching back to the late 1960s.

He's been covered by Elvis Presley and Tom Jones, written songs for Tina Turner, worked with Mark Knopfler and released 25 studio and live albums over the past 40-plus years. His most recent outing, Hoodoo, was released on Yep Roc Records in September and the 70-year-old musician says it is inspired in part by the sounds of nature heard at his riverside home just outside of Nashville. He plays World Café Live next Thursday, November 14th, and joins us for Free at Noon the following day.

Recent Release: Hoodoo
Release Date: Yep Roc Records
Label: ATLANTIC / ADA


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The Head & The Heart Free At Noon is SOLD OUT. Watch today's Free At Noon with Head & The Heart! Watch Here

The six members of indie-folk breakouts The Head and The Heart first connected in the open mic scene of Seattle, Washington. Their performances and home-recorded demos generated enough of a following that prominent independent label Sub Pop Records released their self-titled debut album in 2011, as well as their sophomore outing, Let’s Be Still, which just came out on October 15th. The record is filled with moving Americana arrangements, striking vocal harmonies, and lyrics that range from introspective to topical. The band considers the new one the first proper showing of its sound – as frontman Josiah Johnson told Rolling Stone, it’s the first record they made as a unit, and it showcases a refined musicianship and chemistry they gained from over two years touring together. The band is in town for back-to-back sold out shows at Union Transfer this month, but you can catch them next Friday, November 8th, for the Free at Noon concert.


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Recent Release: Let's Be Still
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Label: Sub Pop

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