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Friday, March 23, 2012

Telarc release: Legacy; The Best of Tab Benoit

Telarc has assembled 14 of Tab Benoit's best tracks on one disk called Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit. This will be released on April 3, 2012. Buddy Miller's Shelter Me from Power of the Ponchatrain opens the recording with a song bred in the streets of Louisiana. Night Train, a hard driving blues rock track is a great addition and a straight forward blues rocker with some great guitar riffs and a cool overdriven grinding amp tone. A little Screamin' Jay Hawkins (I Put A Spell On You) from Homesick for the Road, is a great soulful blues interlude. Benoit's tasteful double stops and fretting hand tremolo adds effect to the recording. I've always been particularly partial to this song and I think that Benoit does a great interpretation. Still's For What It's Worth from Power of the Ponchatrain provides a great platform for Benoit to show his guitar chops. Nice and Warm from Whiskey Store, a hot slow Texas style blues, features guitar ace Jimmy Thackery as well as Benoit on guitars. This is a great track for those of use who enjoy a little uninhibited guitar playing. Muddy Bottom Blues from Wetlands, a Benoit original, is a high steppin' blues track with calls back to the players mirroring their vocals on guitar which I always like as well as some great guitar riffs blended in. Darkness, another Benoit original from The Sea Saint Sessions retreats back to the soulful blues. Benoit has a great voice to deliver a track like this and he takes out the time to play quite a deep feeling guitar solo. Comin' On Strong, a Billy Joe Shavers song from the Brother to the Blues recording features Shavers on vocals and Waylon Thibodeaux on fiddle. The Blues Is Here To Stay from the Fever From The Bayou recording and penned by Neville, Norman Caesar and Taj Mahal features Cyril Neville on drums and vocals. With that lineup you know to expect a deep heaping of New Orleans soul. Some of the most lively guitar riffs appear on this track. Medicine, the title track of the Medicine release and co written by Benoit has a lot of the grit of an older blues tune. It's a great blues driven song and a great addition to the recording with strong vocals, rhythm and some screaming guitar riffs. These Arms of Mine, of course by Otis Redding and from the Wetlands recording allows Benoit to demonstrate his soulful singing style and also gives him the opportunity to demonstrate once again his adaptive nature with his original guitar playing. Whiskey Store, title track from the Whiskey Store release and again featuring Jimmy Thackery on guitar is an opportunity for two guitar aces to push each other and they do. With Benoit playing in tandem with his singing and Thackery laying down over the top solo tracks they never step on each other and the result is terrific. New Orleans Lady from the Night Train To Nashville features Jimmy Hall on harp and vocals is a cool airplay style ballad giving the two the opportunity to harmonize on vocals and each to have his time in the sun. Bayou Boogie from Whiskey Store Live again featuring Jimmy Thackery is really a rockin boogie and just a great excuse to kick out the stops, get you movin' and play some over the top guitar riffs.

Job well done! Whether you just need a quick dose of benoit or are not familiar with his work, this is a great cd to fill your need.
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