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Power of the Pontchartrain

Tab BenoitAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Power of the Pontchartrain 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Midnight and Lonesome 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sac-au-lait Fishing 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000Q9OD1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the idea of blues from the bayou takes on a whole new meaning. Guitarist Tab Benoit has seen and experienced the suffering first-hand this past year as his home-state of Louisiana struggles to clean up and rebuild. Armed with gritty guitar chops, a powerful vocal attack and insightful songcraft, this self-proclaimed new kid from the old school bears witness the best way he knows how delivering a passionate and heartfelt brand of Louisiana blues that connects audiences worldwide to the plight of his beleaguered homeland.

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Tab Benoit's album titles leave little doubt as to where he's from or the music he plays. Brother to the Blues, Fever for the Bayou, Wetlands, and now Power of the Pontchartrain exude the sweaty Louisiana swamp, blues, and R&B inherent in their names. But that only tells part of the story--the rest is in the grooves where Benoit's distinctive, grainy voice and tough Telecaster leads bring soul, grit, and intensity to a sound already infused with an earthy sensibility. There's more of the same on this disc, but that's no criticism. Benoit generally sticks with others' songs here, yet he unearths hidden gems. Julie Miller's "Midnight and Lonesome" is dragged into the murky swamps as a driving ballad with eerie qualities that live up to its name. Miller and husband Buddy are also credited with the righteous-yet-rugged gospel of "Shelter Me." "Somebody's Got to Go," originally by Lonnie Johnson, gets a crisp, frisky makeover, and even Buffalo Springfield's crusty "For What It's Worth" takes a swim in the muddy waters of Benoit's home state, with a little help of some altered, post-Katrina lyrics. The guitarist lets his Cajun influences fly on the bouncy rhythms of "Sac-Au-Lait Fishing," the album's only original, and shifts into pleading Otis Redding mode for the aching blues ballad "I'm Guilty of Lovin' You." The Chicago-by-way-of-the-Delta shuffle of "One Foot in the Bayou" is also an apt description of Benoit's approach. He touches on a variety of Americana styles, yet always keeps part of himself planted firmly in the wetlands of his roots. --Hal Horowitz

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As always.... July 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Every time you buy a Tab Benoit's CD you can be sure that you will not be disappointed. And, as always, the brand new "Power of the Pontchartrain" confirms that rule. Excellent material played extremely well by Tab and the accompanying band. This time the "Louisiana's Leroux" are the supporting band and this is not irrelevant to the great final result. In fact the band spent several years, as explained in the linear notes, with one of the greatest Louisiana blues player of all time Mr. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The album is really very good and I would take the risk to say that from my point of view this is Tab's best effort so far. Tab's voice sounds great as always and the guitar playing is absolutely fantastic throughout the entire CD. The excellent and clean production and sound of Telarc Blues deserve a mention too. All the eleven songs in the menu are very strong and you will not be tempted to use the skip bottom of your CD player at any time, however I believe that a special mention is deserved by the great cover of the Stephen Stills' classic "For what it's worth", by the deep blues "Midnight and lonesome" that for me is the best cut of the bunch, and by the two mid tempo "Somebody got to go" and "Addicted". Very highly recommended for all the blues lovers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tab Never Disappoints July 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I never worry when I buy a Tab Benoit CD because his material is consistently good and his style doesn't change much over time. He is a superb rhythm guitarist and songwriter and a great live performer. His Louisiana style of blues is on display again with Power of the Pontchartrain. Besides the title cut, my favorite tune is Sac-Au-Lait Fishing, which makes you want to get up and dance. I also like One Foot in the Bayou. All in all, a great CD if you like a New Orleans style blues band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock out!! July 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Popped this into my CD player in the car the minute I got it and 5 minutes later was actually saying "Holy Smokes!!" outloud. Like all his music this CD is a knock your socks off collection of music. We saw him in person this summer and he is fabulous. Got called back for 2 encores and the crowd was screaming for more. He's the greatest guitar player I've heard since Stevie Ray Vaughn and he sings too!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is a must have!! July 25, 2007
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Once again Tab Benoit has outdone himself! His artistry shines on this album like never before! Gritty, haunting blues in Midnight And Lonesome, High steppin, foot tappin sounds in Sac Au Lait Fishing, and heartfelt pain in I'm Guilty of Lovin You. I have been a diehard fan of Tab Benoit for many years and must say this is one of his best efforts yet. I can hardly wait to see him live on stage again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just The Best Blues Guitar Around July 15, 2007
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Folks, if you haven't had the opportunity to hear and/or see Tab Benoit, then you're missing one of the greatest blues guitarist's in today's world. This man has IT! His music is as infectious as his love for the bayous of Louisiana and the blues greats he has played with and learned from. Treat yourself to some great music when you sit back and crank it up listening to Tab sing and just wear out that Fender of his that's shown on the allbum cover. Enjoy!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cajan Blues At It's Best September 15, 2007
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If you like the blues, Tab Benoit's project "Power of the Pontchartrain" is destined to become a permanent fixture in your CD player and mp3 playlists. From the opening guitar riff on "Don't Make No Sense" to the groovin' shuffle of "One Foot In The Bayou", this wonderful piece of earcandy will keep your toes a tappin'.

Pay particular attention to Tab's covers of Buddy Miller's "Shelter Me" and the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth". Knowing the passion Tab has for his beloved Louisiana you can feel the desperation and angst still present in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

The band on this project "Louisiana's Leroux" is exactly the right ingredient to make this recipe work. Their craftmanship takes the listener on a journey of multiple grooves and feels that makes the music seamless and fun. If you're looking for something that moves you "Power Of The Pontchartrain" is what the Dr. ordered.

Brett Zion
General Manager
The Solid Rock Radio
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tab Benoit - Power Of The Blues September 3, 2008
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Louisiana blues ace Tab Benoit recorded this album using another Louisiana legend Leroux as his back up band for the album. The title track tackles the subject of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and it's effect on the city of New Orleans. Tab is in fine form throughout this album. His guitar playing is crisp and clean and his voice is as gruff and soulful as ever. Benoit has been churning out his special brand of Cajun blues for well over a decade now and it is a formula that he continues to improve on . Highlights include "Don't Make No Sense", "Power Of The Pontchartrain", "Midnight And Lonesome", "Sac-Au-Lait Fishing", and "One Foot In The Bayou". Tab also covers a cool version of Stephen Still's "For What It's Worth" with lyrics as fitting today as when they were written 40 years ago. This is yet another solid release from Benoit that follows in the tradition of his earlier albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foot thumpin' Blues!!! May 6, 2011
By PJ
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After hearing the theme song to "Sons of Guns" and then seeing a video online of Tad doing it live, I wanted to hear more. I fell in love with his sound. Reminds me of John Fogerty and I love this kind of music. I am pleased with the purchase and will most likely be purchasing more of his albums. The fact that Tad is doing work to help the environment that has taken a beating in recent years down in Louisianna, speaks volumes about his character as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Tab is a wonderful artist! Listen to him once and you will ...
Tab is a wonderful artist! Listen to him once and you will want to hear all of his music!
Published 2 months ago by Ronald G. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
Power of the Pontcchatrain true to form for Tab. Wonderful songs. Great CD well worth enjoying for years to come
Published 5 months ago by Charles Nelson Needham
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUTHERN MAN
HOLD ON THE WHEEL , THIS CD IS ROCKIN , I LOVE IT FIRST CLASS VENDOR AND WILL BE IN MY COLLECTION A LONG TIME
Published 9 months ago by ONE WAY RIDER
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Cajun Blues Player!
I lived in Louisiana for many years and also met Tab years back at Blues festivals. He is a very nice guy and a great blues player. I hope he always doe's well with his music!
Published 15 months ago by Royce D Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Benoit really hits home with this fantastic collection of blues tunes arrangements, including the classic "Shelter Me" among other classic greats. Read more
Published 16 months ago by CamperMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Power of the Pontchartrain
I really dig Tab and really haven't had any issues with any of his material. This really is a great album, with great written and covered material. Read more
Published 19 months ago by cosmiccowboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Tab Benoit
Very good CD love it, if you like the blues this is a must have! Thank You,again very good CD
Published 19 months ago by Douglas Stephan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is just good music, plain and simple. It has blues, a touch of Zydeco and some very catchy guitar riffs. I keep going to it to listen every day!
Published 19 months ago by Jthom1957
5.0 out of 5 stars Power of the Pontchartrain
Another music he wanted to listen and wanted to have that's why I ordered one for him and his happy with it.
Published 21 months ago by shiningstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey man, play dat song
I knew of him before, but thank god for "Sons of Guns" bringing Tab out from the shadows. He is the Real Deal. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chris Martin
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