Best of the Bayou Blues

Best of the Bayou Blues

by Tab Benoit


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Best of the Bayou Blues

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2006
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707980227
catalogNumber: 79802
Rank: 32848

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tab Benoit   Primary Artist,Acoustic 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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