In “Roll Train Roll” White tells the iron horse, “I don’t care where you’re going, I just need the ride” and he escapes to the safety and comfort of his refuge to watch the sun go down. White may never write another iconic song like “Rainy Night in Georgia” and if he doesn’t that’s okay. He’s assured his place in music history (Elvis and Tom Jones covered his songs) and The Shine serves as a capstone for his legacy — and it also lets us know that he’s got a lot more to give. Who else is writing songs about parched peanuts and blue jean jumpers?
Would I buy The Shine by a Louisiana legend? Yes, and “carry it home in a tote sack” with some polk salad.