Tab Benoit: The Sea Saint Sessions (2003)
Mr. Benoit began recording a bit over ten years ago with the Vanguard Releas Nice and Warm, which included the incendiary slow blues title track. He recorded four more discs for the label before moving to Telarc Blues in 1999. After two well received discs since then, Benoit joined forces with Jimmy Thackery for the 2002 Whiskey Store , where he and Thackery reprised "Nice and Warm."
Mr. Benoit has taken his regular touring group into The Big Easy Recording Studio (AKA Sea Saint Studios) for a set of loosely composed and arranged originals and blues standards. The Sea Saint Sessions is a refreshing take on the blues power trio. Benoit’s guitar is spare and raw and the studio people resisted the impulse to overproduce this recording. The results are immediate and real. The songs range from R&B ("Baby Blue") to standard 12-bar ("Monk’s Blues") to the straight zydeco ("Boat Launch Baby"). It is really the last of these that is the most revelatory. Without accordion and washboard support, this brand of zydeco is electric with excitement. Barry White plays a spankin’ Cajun beat. Benoit’s voice is refreshing as well, that Louisiana patois thick as gumbo. I for one would like to hear Mr. Benoit make an entire recording of zydeco!
It is rumored that Tab Benoit will rejoin Jimmy Thackery for Whiskey Store Live. This should be great fun.
Track Listing: Baby Blue; Boat Launch Baby; Sufferin
Personnel: Tab Benoit
Record Label: Telarc Records