Tab Benoit: Medicine (Telarc)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tab Benoit: Nothing Takes the Place of You
Tab Benoit: Medicine (Telarc)

Soulful blues with a dark bayou twist is Tab Benoit's musical style, but he also locates lyrics in this world, whether it be a relationship going to hell (“We've been fighting over nothing”) or the Louisiana environment on the same path (“Whatcha gonna tell the children/trees/spirits when the heart of the bayou bleeds”).

A great band (Ivan Neville on Hammond, drummer Brady Blade, fiddle player Michael Doucet), too many workmanlike songs in the middle, but the quieter final third is exceptional (Nothing Takes the Place of You and Next To Me are somewhere between mature Otis and story-telling Springsteen).

The tough title track (which musically references a bayou Hendrix) is about "medicine" but he's equally at home on the slower numbers (Sunrise which follows Medicine is a standout soul-blues). 

And there is his brittle, blunt, soul-filled and/or tough guitar everywhere.

Pick up the Tab. He's important.

Like the sound of this, then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

Mike - Nov 19, 2013

From the track Nothing Takes the Place of You, this sounds like an album to look out for and being Telarc, the production will be really good. Where can you get the album from? GRAHAM REPLIES: Simple: type in "tab benoit" to amazon.com and (under music) he'll come up, also check elsewhere for other albums by him [search function, type in his name]. We've been onto this guy for a loooong time.

post a comment

More from this section   Blues articles index

Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator/Southbound)

Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator/Southbound)

The remarkable thing about Chicago's Alligator label – and singer-guitarist Ellis who started his career on it three decades ago – is just how consistent the quality of their... > Read more

Watermelon Slim: Up Close & Personal (Southern/Yellow Eye)

Watermelon Slim: Up Close & Personal (Southern/Yellow Eye)

Not only does white bluesman Watermelon Slim sound like the blackest 1940s blues player that ever was, but he's also has had an extraordinary life. Believable if you read it in a novel, but all... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Amanda Cheng of Wax Chattels

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Amanda Cheng of Wax Chattels

Auckland's Wax Chattels -- the “guitarless guitar music” trio of bassist Amanda Cheng, vocals/organ Peter Ruddell and drummer Tom Leggett -- not only have an impressive and powerful... > Read more