Power of the Pontchartrain

Power of the Pontchartrain

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by Tab Benoit
     
 

Louisiana journeyman swamp rocker Tab Benoit has been churning out an album a year since at least 2002, and between them he stays on the road playing every festival, club, and bar that'll have him. It would seem inevitable that the quality of these studio recordings would decline. But, at least as of 2007's Power of the Pontchartrain, that isn't the case. IfSee more details below

Overview

Louisiana journeyman swamp rocker Tab Benoit has been churning out an album a year since at least 2002, and between them he stays on the road playing every festival, club, and bar that'll have him. It would seem inevitable that the quality of these studio recordings would decline. But, at least as of 2007's Power of the Pontchartrain, that isn't the case. If anything, this might be the best of a very good lot, as Benoit again teams with Louisiana's Le Roux group (who once backed legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and helped on Benoit's previous release) for another 52-minute wade through muggy yet taut bayou blues. Part of the reason Benoit's recent albums are so strong is that he doesn't insist on playing original material, instead cherry-picking nuggets rearranged to suit his approach. This works particularly well here since he unearths terrific, often obscure material from writers such as Julie Miller (two tracks), David Egan (two others), and even Stephen Stills (a not entirely necessary "For What It's Worth"). Everything gets run through his deep Southern groove, ultimately sounding like Tab Benoit songs, or at least tunes written with him in mind. Benoit abandons the country twang he successfully experimented with on 2006's Brother to the Blues, digging deeper into straight blues (Lonnie Johnson's "Somebody's Got to Go"), Cajun ("Sac-au-Lait Fishing," Benoit's only original here), and the deep soul ballads ("I'm Guilty of Lovin' You") he has typically included on every album. His whiskey- soaked vocals bring warmth and passion to the songs and when he lets loose on that beat-up Telecaster on the title track, the Buffalo Springfield tune, and "Addicted," he shows another side of his talents. The band stays in the pocket throughout, freeing Benoit to concentrate on singing and playing, with the result that Power of the Pontchartrain is not just another strong entry in Tab Benoit's increasingly thick catalog, but also one of his most defining albums.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2007
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408365423
catalogNumber:
83654
Rank:
42795

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tab Benoit   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tony Haselden   Banjo
Leon Medica   Bass,Bass Guitar,Leader
Jim Odom   Guitar
Nelson Blanchard   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Peters   Drums
Mark Duthu   Percussion

Technical Credits

Lonnie Johnson   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Tab Benoit   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Julie Miller   Composer
Lincoln Clapp   Mastering
David Z.   Producer,Audio Production
David Farrell   Engineer
Leon Medica   Composer
Mick Parker   Composer
Rod Roddy   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
David Egan   Composer
Buddy Flett   Composer
Randy Labbe   Liner Notes
Rueben Williams   Liner Notes,Audio Production,Management

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