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Comprehensive 16 track collection pulled from Benoit's Five Vanguard albums. ''What I like is he captures a real blues feel in his playing and singing, and adds a bit of Louisiana hot sauce on it.'' - Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top.

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What's best about Best of the Bayou Blues is Tab Benoit's spankin' electric guitar tones and lean 'n' nasty licks on numbers like the ode to Cajun living "Voodoo on the Bayou" and the stinging, vibrato-drenched epic "These Blues are All Mine." This collection of Louisiana-themed tunes plucked from Benoit's five early Vanguard albums relate to the singer-and-six-stringer's swampland raising. They also showcase his versatility--veering from his customary plugged-in blues framework to a gentle acoustic take on the Delta classic "Mother Earth" to a roaring zydeco romp through Clifton Chenier's dancehall anthem "Hot Tamale Baby." Willie Nelson guests on "Rainy Day Blues," trading vocals and blending his nylon-string guitar with Benoit's Telecaster. A brisk jaunt through Hank Williams's "Jambalaya" seems more lagniappe than main course, but when Benoit's guitar comes crying into the soulful, homesick "Nice and Warm"--which plays out like a page written in this road warrior's diary on an especially lonely night--he more than compensates for the few slights among these 15 tunes. --Ted Drozdowski

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listen  1. Voodoo on the Bayou 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Jambalaya 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Rainy Day Blues 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Gone Too Long 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen13. You Got What I Want 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. These Blues Are All Mine 7:01$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000GFLJJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit ... Read more in Amazon's Tab Benoit Store

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Tab Benoit is a great blues artist!
Elizabeth D Francis
This guy is so good I just wished I lived in the US, so I could see him live.
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A good high-quality recording of a fantastic guitarist/singer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul G. Long on November 12, 2006
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This maybe the perfect bayou blues CD and Tab Benoit delivers all these songs with finesse and energy. There are classic tracks - Drowin' on Dry Land, Jambalaya, Rainy Day Blues and Hot Tamale Baby. His self-penned titles all have classic blues appeal - all tracks are great. I love Nice and Warm; Gone too long; Crawfishin'; These blues are all mine. This CD is pretty much a best of and every track is guaranteed to raise your pulse. This guy is so good I just wished I lived in the US, so I could see him live. I also have his Fever for the Bayou CD, and I sense that Tab Benoit has a great sound - The Blues are here to stay. Tab Benoit has a great voice and he sure knows how to play a well worn guitar. Love the blues and you will love this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thom M. Reed on February 11, 2010
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Watch this guy. He's amazing. I just recently got turned on to him and now own a few of his CDs and I want more. The covers are great on this and his originals are sweet and edgy. Billy Gibbons described this guy as traditional straight up classic blues man with a generous dose of cajun hot sauce. Billy knows right.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Grainger on November 12, 2006
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This album highlights Tab at his best and includes a great selection of sounds from his previous albums. Some new songs and some old and traditional make it a spicy mix to suit the blues ear. No matter which type of blues genre you are into this can't fail to please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By katfur on December 24, 2011
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If you are looking for a great album of blues, this is a must for your collection. Nice music for get togethers with friends or even if doing chores around the house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Roberts on November 25, 2007
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The Cajun side of blues. Lived in Tab's hometown for a year and know what he sings about. Good guitar and a beat that makes you tap your feet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RagenRat on March 28, 2014
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Best of the Bayou Blues
Ever listened to Tab Benoit? Like the blues? If you do? You've got to own this CD right here<<<<<< You have also got to listen to
Homesick for the Road, what more can I say I'VE GOT TO STOP TALKING AND START LISTENING LOL
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Compilation albums can be hit and miss, but this collection of the early works of Louisiana guitarist Tab Benoit pretty much hits the mark. The album covers Tab’s first run of albums from 1992 to 1997 and truly does represent some of his best recorded output. All of his albums during this period are represented including several live cuts. Tab wears his Cajun roots on his sleeve making blues music with plenty of grit and feel. Pair this album up with “Legacy The Best Of Tab Benoit” and you have a great two CD overview. The latter album covers the years after this one. Both are highly recommended if you are just discovering Tab or if you want a cool overview of his career.
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By LarryJ on January 28, 2014
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I had no idea who Tab Benoit was. I listened to a short blurb of his music and I was hooked. If you like the blues you'll love Tab Benoit.
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