Power of the Pontchartrain

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408365423
  • Catalog Number: 83654
  • Sales rank: 39,976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Make No Sense - Mark Duthu (4:23)
  2. 2 Good to Ya, Baby - Mark Duthu (4:43)
  3. 3 Shelter Me - Mark Duthu (5:06)
  4. 4 Power of the Pontchartrain - Mark Duthu (6:07)
  5. 5 For What It's Worth - Mark Duthu (5:19)
  6. 6 Midnight and Lonesome - Mark Duthu (5:05)
  7. 7 Sac-Au-Lait Fishing - Mark Duthu (3:56)
  8. 8 Somebody's Got to Go - Mark Duthu (4:19)
  9. 9 I'm Guilty of Lovin' You - Mark Duthu (4:18)
  10. 10 Addicted - Mark Duthu (4:59)
  11. 11 One Foot in the Bayou - Mark Duthu (4:21)
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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
Stephen 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bayou Blues Master

    Guitar wizard Tab Benoit blends Louisiana bayou blues, funk, country, and even zydeco to create his unique version of the blues. He does an incredible cover of Steven Stills's "For What It's Worth" on this album which is one of his best. Like blues masters Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa, he gets little recognition or radio play, but his talent as a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist are enormous. Highlights include "Nice and Warm" and "Good To Ya Baby", but like all of his albums, all the songs are well written and perfectly arranged. Unlike some blues masters, his voice is soulful and pure, with a gritty quality that lends itself perfectly to his personal style of the blues.

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