Brother to the Blues

Brother to the Blues

by Tab Benoit


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Brother to the Blues

Tab Benoit has been doing his brand of bayou-fed blues-rock for some time now, and while it is tempting to call Brother to the Blues a departure, it is really only a subtle one, straying as it does to the country side of things, but again, only a little bit, and there is probably little-to-no-chance that Benoit will turn into a hat act with a big belt buckle anytime soon. True, he covers Hank Williams here ("I Heard That Lonesome Whistle," with some vocal help from Jim Lauderdale), a touchstone for country if ever there was one, but he also pulls off a passable version of Sam Cooke's soulful "Bring It on Home to Me," takes a North Mississippi country blues approach on "Moon Coming Over the Hill" (featuring some cool Cajun fiddle from Waylon Thibodeaux), and ratchets into familiar swamp rock territory with the hard-charging opener "Pack It Up," and the impressive, wry "Why Are People Like That?," before tying everything together with the set ender, "Can't Do One More Two-Step," which somehow manages to be swampy, rocky, country, and bayou blues all in one package, as well as giving Benoit plenty of room to trade guitar runs with Thibodeaux's fiddle slides. But there is a little bit of a change going on here -- if you listen closely you can hear string band-style banjo on several tracks -- and one wonders what Benoit has in mind for his next step down the road. There are a thousand ways to the river, as they say, but in the bayou the river is everywhere at once. There's a little bit of that feel here.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408363924
catalogNumber: 83639
Rank: 993

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tab Benoit   Primary Artist,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jim Lauderdale   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Billy Joe Shaver   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Waylon Thibodeaux   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Tony Haselden   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Leon Medica   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Nelson Blanchard   Piano,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Group Member
David Peters   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Little Johnny Taylor   Composer
Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Tab Benoit   Composer,Producer
David Farrell   Engineer
Jeff Pollard   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Randy Labbe   Producer
Gonzalez Chandler   Composer
Rueben Williams   Management

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