Thinking about the approach of Winter weather always reminds me of the title of one of my favorite songs. Even though the subject matter of Tony Joe White’s “Cold Fingers” has nothing to do with frigid weather and the numb digits it creates, the song still seems to pop into my mind whenever I start shivering.
This isn’t the first time I’ve featured Tony. The Louisiana blues legend also made an appearance over three years ago, when I wrote about pokeweed and how Tony had turned the rural staple into his best-selling record, “Polk-Salad Annie.” (Video below.)
In that piece I reminisced about childhood trips to the country, but it was during the time of the year when wild greens are gathered for food. For some reason I don’t remember us making so many jaunts when the weather turned cold. Maybe because we stayed inside and tried to keep our fingers warm.