FAME Review: Tab Benoit - Legacy: The best of Tab Benoit
Tab Benoit - Legacy: The best of Tab Benoit


The Best of
Tab Benoit

Telarc Records - TEL-33301-2

Available from Concord Music Group.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This Louisiana Bluesman, who just won numerous honors at the 2012 Blues Music Awards, including the Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year and the B.B. King Entertainer of The Year, is known almost as much for his environmental work with Voice of the Wetlands as he is for his musical contributions with his own band. His music is the Blues steeped in and filtered through the swamps of Cajun country where he was raised -- they are an inseparable whole. Whether it is fighting for protection of the wetlands or his music he approaches it with an intense commitment, and he is a staunch fighter for doing it the correct way. His music is driven by a raging guitar that also at times is a delicate instrument. He has one of the finest voices both in how he expresses his thoughts as a songwriter—he wrote six of the 14 songs—as well as in the delivery of the songs.

His impressive career with Telarc is well catalogued on this disc from 1999's Homesick For The Road right through Medicine, the winner of the BMA award for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, 2011. The disc is well sprinkled with special guests going from the expected Jimmy Thackery, Anders Osborne, and Cyril Neville to the unexpected, Billy Joe Shaver and Waylon Thibodeaux. It is a good honest sampling of his music. This is bluesman that brings a lot more to the table than perhaps the typical she left me and I'm sad mentality; he takes on the large issues are interconnected with how we live our lives, that affect each of us in ways we don't always realize—the destruction of the wetlands in Louisiana and the effect they had on the people there and how that affects us here, the land, the oil spill, the resulting pollution and much further. A stand out disc that that has a lot to offer.

Track List:

  • Shelter Me
  • Night Train
  • I Put a Spell on You
  • For What It's Worth
  • Nice and Warm
  • Muddy Bottom Blues
  • Darkness
  • Comin' On Strong
  • The Blues Is Here To Stay
  • Medicine
  • These Arms of Mine
  • Whiskey Store
  • New Orleans Ladies
  • Bayou Boogie

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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