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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 (September 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bayou Breeze
2. Louisiana Sunshine
3. Clean Water
4. Fight For Your Right
5. Kiddin' Me
6. Lightning And Thunder
7. Make A Good Gumbo
8. Weary Silent Night
9. Me Donkey Want Water
10. Heart Of Stone
11. Louisiana Man

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Celebrate the bayou while helping to save it! Acclaimed blues guitarist Tab Benoit is joined by Louisiana All-Stars including Dr John, Cyril Neville, the Meters rhythm section and others on this hot and spicy New Orleans blues party! A portion of proceeds from the sale of this CD go to "Voice Of The Wetlands", a non-profit organization battling cultural and coastal erosion. Ryko. 2005.


Telecaster-slinging South Louisiana native Tab Benoit is one of the brightest rising stars of contemporary blues. But he's stepped outside that promising career here, gathering a stellar ensemble of fellow New Orleans musicians (including N.O. legends Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Meters bass player George Porter, Jr., fellow bluesman Anders Osborne and fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux) to forge a musical plea about the fragile eco-system that is the increasingly depleted wetlands surrounding their hometown. But in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the chorus of the otherwise savory, funk-charged opener "Bayou Breeze"--"Don't let the water wash us away"--now seems like a haunting, unheeded warning recorded eight months before disaster struck. Elsewhere, Dr. John injects some potent venom into "We Ain't Gonna Lose No More (Without a Fight)," taking to task an administration that's ignored the urgent needs of his homeland in favor of misadventure in Iraq. While songs like "Louisiana Sunshine" continue to focus largely on environmental concerns that grow more urgent with every tropical storm that gathers in the Gulf, it's also an album rife with New Orleans' cross-cultural musical joie de vivre, as witnessed by Benoit and Osborne's Cajun-seasoned "We Make a Good Gumbo" and the slinky African rhythms of Monk Boudreaux's "Me Donkey Want Water." Proceeds from the album's sales support a relief fund benefiting Louisiana victims of Katrina. --Jerry McCulley

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on October 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are a "true" Tab Benoit fan this is not what you are looking for. It is, however, a great all around "Lousiana Blues" (not cajun) CD. I prefer Tab and Tab alone! Enjoy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert m. romero on May 19, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good sample of Louisiana music. Made me look at the individual artist list of music. Wished they had a few more up beat songs.
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