These Blues Are All Mine

These Blues Are All Mine

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by Tab Benoit
     
 

When it comes to rocking the blues bayou style, guitarist/singer/songwriter Tab Benoit wins the cookin' contest. Maybe it's because his Louisiana blues dig mighty close to the Texas border. The late Lone Star guitar giant Albert Collins is obviously Benoit's man -- "Travelin' South," "Lights Are On But Nobody's Home," and "Don't Lose Your Cool" are among the Master of… See more details below

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When it comes to rocking the blues bayou style, guitarist/singer/songwriter Tab Benoit wins the cookin' contest. Maybe it's because his Louisiana blues dig mighty close to the Texas border. The late Lone Star guitar giant Albert Collins is obviously Benoit's man -- "Travelin' South," "Lights Are On But Nobody's Home," and "Don't Lose Your Cool" are among the Master of the Telecaster's signature tunes that Benoit covers here. The New Orleans-based blues stylist may let his fingers do most of the talking, but Benoit's becoming more comfortable singing these days. On an acoustic version of Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth," his languid southern voice comes off spiritualized without being self-conscious. Benoit's "These Blues Are All Mine" brings out the best in his vocalizing and picking. Notes flow hot and salty while he testifies to the loneliness of a long-term commitment to the blues. With this new release, Benoit has found a healthy balance playing fluff-free old school blues with just enough rock influences to keep the classroom alert, even riveted. When it comes to rocking the blues bayou style, guitarist/singer/songwriter Tab Benoit wins the cookin' contest. Maybe it's because his Louisiana blues dig mighty close to the Texas border. The late Lone Star guitar giant Albert Collins is obviously Benoit's man -- "Travelin' South," "Lights Are On But Nobody's Home," and "Don't Lose Your Cool" are among the Master of the Telecaster's signature tunes that Benoit covers here. The New Orleans-based blues stylist may let his fingers do most of the talking, but Benoit's becoming more comfortable singing these days. On an acoustic version of Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth," his languid southern voice comes off spiritualized without being self-conscious. Benoit's "These Blues Are All Mine" brings out the best in his vocalizing and picking. Notes flow hot and salty while he testifies to the loneliness of a long-term commitment to the blues. With this new release, Benoit has found a healthy balance playing fluff-free old school blues with just enough rock influences to keep the classroom alert, even riveted.

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All Music Guide - Bob Gottlieb
This is a strong statement by Tab Benoit announcing his true arrival; although he only wrote five of the 13 songs on this disc, he stakes a legitimate claim to all of them with some of his most inspired playing and singing ever. His backing group sounds great and keeps up with him over the entire disc. He is one of a handful of performers -- Tabby Thomas and Johnny Jenkins also manage this -- with that rare ability to combine aggressive blues with the rhythms and sounds of the dark standing waters and Spanish moss-draped trees of the Louisiana swamps. Listen to the spin he puts on the Hank Williams classic "Jambalaya." He injects just a tad more blues and zydeco seasoning to take the song to a different level without messing with the basic ingredients that made it a standard. He does some equally good and interesting things with songs from Albert Collins and Willie Dixon, among others. However, when he plays his own songs, he rips apart the room and leaves it all out there for us to see. Feel the anguish and pain that run rampant in the title cut, "These Blues Are All Mine." Neither his voice nor his guitar leave room for any doubt about how he is feeling. As tormented as he is in "These Blues," feel the joy of a life lived in the swamp that percolates through "Crawfishin'." Listen to him rave in "Bayou Boogie" -- this is one happy and satisfied man. This is definitely one hell of a keeper.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1999
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707954624
catalogNumber:
79546
Rank:
9579

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tab Benoit   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Michael Bolotin   Track Performer
Robbie Parrish   Drums
Allyn Robinson   Drums
David Lee Watson   Bass
Marc Adams   Organ,Piano
Rueben Williams   Guitar

Technical Credits

Phil Ochs   Composer
Tab Benoit   Producer
Andy Bradley   Producer,Engineer
Denny Purcell   Mastering
Kenny "Blue" Ray   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Art Tipaldi   Liner Notes
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Robert Hakalski   CD Package Design
Ramon Morales   Engineer

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