Since the early ’90s one guitar slinger from the bayous of southwest Louisiana has steadily put out his brand of soul-powered blues injected music. Tab Benoit continues delivering on his latest release from Telarc Blues, /fontfamily> Fever For the Bayou/fontfamily>.
It’s easy to tell upon one listen that you are in the hands of a master player who’s expertly taken the swamp flavored sounds of his Houma, LA surroundings and once again transported this feel to the studio live with no overdubs. This allows Benoit to take his message through his music directly to the masses avoiding the sterilization so prominent in a lot of today’s music.
One very important message he conveys
musically and written in the CD insert is his undying love
for the southwest Louisiana swamplands now in danger of
being lost by yearly coastal erosion. So passionate Benoit
is about this issue that he started the Voice of the
Wetlands project where he currently performs duties as
Another familiar guitar picking style of Benoit appears on the James Moore (Slim Harpo) classic "Got Love If You Want It." Benoit introduces the song with his scratching method beautifully fitting it into the context of the tune.
My favorite has to be "I Smell A Rat." Benoit’s hot and slow grinding picking form takes you into the song and doesn’t let go. Being a long time listener, this is something I’m accustomed to.
usually does on his releases we’re treated to an acoustic
number just featuring vocals and guitar. This time out,
Clarence William’s "My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It" shows up
in all its fine glory. Elmore James even makes an appearance
in Benoit’s superb rendition of his "I Can’t Hold Out."
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