Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tab Benoit Legacy: The Best Of: Telarc 2012

Stevie Ray Vaughn is gone and he is not coming back...

Tab Benoit is the voice of the new blues. American roots music where Creole, delta blues and rhythm and blues become one. Lineage is not questioned, authenticity is not in doubt for the only thing that matters is the music. Benoit does not play from heart nor the soul but a deeper place, an emotional ground zero of the basic human condition with the artistic expression that rarely passes by this earth for long. Benoit is different, the future of blues and the purveyor of the musical truth and the void left with the passing of Vaughn. Music you feel with your hips and hear with your feet, the essence of being alive. Soul music never sounded so good. The blues when played by Benoit is raw, real and more than music but an emotional journey of life told through song and story.

This particular release is selected from Benoit's Telarc catalog with arguably Benoit's finest 14 songs recorded over the last decade. Benoit's collections covers his vast repertoire of zydeco, creole, blues, rhythm & blues and his own rock as viewed through the highly subjective NOLA prism. The blues is indeed the place Benoit calls home. With the ability to shift harmonics on the fly, Tab Benoit has established himself as the next great American blues legend. Sometimes genius reviews itself as you would be hard pressed to find a more prolific blues artist making the same impact as Benoit. Legacy: The Best Of is simply one of those top ten desert island discs. One of the finest collections of modern contemporary blues and easily one of the best releases of 2012 across any genre of music.

Tracks: 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.

Personnel: Tab Benoit: vocals, guitar; Jimmy Thackery: guitar; Reese Wynans: hammond B3; Tommy Shannon: bass; Chris Layton: drums.