In this article Id like to discuss some tips on how to play Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White.
Tony Joe White also wrote the hit song Rainy Night In Georgia. You may be more familiar with the song Polk Salad Annie because Elvis Presley and Tom Jones both recorded the song.
Polk Salad Annie was almost a flop when first released. It took nine months to enter the charts and the record label considered it history. But folks in Texas kept wanting copies to buy, record stores were calling and orders had to be shipped from Nashville. When a guy in LA got hold of it, things started to happen for the song.
As you'll see when you check out the demo clip or the free tabs, this song is played using only E, A, G chord.
In the beginning, the partial formation of the E chord is slid up and down the fretboard using the index and
ring fingers only. During the break, two minor variations of the E chord are used.
I go into more detail on these slides and chord variations in the full version tutorial available from the link below.
You can use all downstrokes for the verses. When you hit the chorus, I use a dn-dn-up-dn-up-dn-up-dn-up - slide-dn-dn-up-dn-up-dn-up-dn-up .. the slide meaning a 1/2 step slide into the A7. And then the last half of the chrorus can be played using downstrokes as you get back into the intro.
I hope you found this how to play Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White useful and informative.