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Best of the Bayou Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Tab Benoit's funky, ragged blend of Louisiana swamp blues and East Texas guitar, with hints of funk, soul, and country thrown in to give the gumbo just the right spice, has served him well since he burst on the scene in the early '90s. Since Benoit hasn't essentially changed his sound since, this collection of sides made up largely from his early releases for Houston-based Justice Records all of Benoit's Justice albums have been reissued by Vanguard Records in recent years makes an ideal introduction to what this guy is all about, and although Best of the Bayou Blues covers a five-year span from 1992 to 1997, the tracks all fall together in a completely coherent sequence....
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Tab Benoit's funky, ragged blend of Louisiana swamp blues and East Texas guitar, with hints of funk, soul, and country thrown in to give the gumbo just the right spice, has served him well since he burst on the scene in the early '90s. Since Benoit hasn't essentially changed his sound since, this collection of sides made up largely from his early releases for Houston-based Justice Records all of Benoit's Justice albums have been reissued by Vanguard Records in recent years makes an ideal introduction to what this guy is all about, and although Best of the Bayou Blues covers a five-year span from 1992 to 1997, the tracks all fall together in a completely coherent sequence. Opening with the Benoit original "Voodoo on the Bayou" from 1992's Nice & Warm and running through several originals and some interesting covers including country-funk takes on Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" and Willie Nelson's "Rainy Day Blues", this set spotlights Benoit's southern Louisiana take on contemporary blues. He also delivers a stomping version of Willie Dixon's classic "The Seventh Son" and turns zydeco for a fiery live take of Clifton Chenier's "Hot Tamale Baby." Initially one is drawn to Benoit's laser-guided guitar tone, but he is also a fine and soulful singer, and there is more than a little country in his approach as well. What makes him stand out in the crowded field of contemporary blues guitar wizards is the fact that he is fully grounded in the Louisiana bayou region, and he embraces local musical traditions while also bringing a distinctly modern vision to what he does. Benoit knows what he wants to do, he knows where to draw inspiration, and with his strong guitar playing and warm, flexible vocals, he knows how to make it happen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707980227
  • Catalog Number: 79802
  • Sales rank: 19,648

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Voodoo on the Bayou (3:21)
  2. 2 Drownin' on Dry Land (6:42)
  3. 3 Somehow (3:28)
  4. 4 Jambalaya (3:41)
  5. 5 Nice and Warm (7:18)
  6. 6 Rainy Day Blues (3:48)
  7. 7 Gone Too Long (4:29)
  8. 8 What I Live For (4:27)
  9. 9 Mother Earth (3:49)
  10. 10 Crawfishin' (4:22)
  11. 11 Standing on the Bank (5:32)
  12. 12 The Seventh Son (3:21)
  13. 13 You Got What I Want (4:08)
  14. 14 Cherry Tree Blues (6:49)
  15. 15 Hot Tamale Baby (5:32)
  16. 16 These Blues Are All Mine (7:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tab Benoit Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Chubby Carrier Accordion
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Ray Allison Drums
Steve Bailey Bass
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Paul English Piano, Hammond Organ
Derek O'Brien Rhythm Guitar
Allyn Robinson Drums
Greg Rzab Bass
David Lee Watson Bass
Reese Wynans Piano, Hammond Organ
Doug Therrien Vocals
Marc Adams Piano, Hammond Organ
Kenny Arnoff Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Clifton Chenier Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Tab Benoit Composer, Producer
Andy Bradley Producer
Randall Hage Jamail Producer
Tom Vickers Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Annotation
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
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