Tab fans know that his blues is rooted in country and cajun. His signature Telecaster Thinline tone often sings like a fiddle. This collection of tunes taps his country side while bringing out at more disciplined, chops-oriented approach to some well-crafted songs. Backed superbly by Louisiana's LeRoux band, he delivers 13 great tracks. The production is first-rate, as is the song sequencing.
The first 3 tunes take you through 3 styles: Freddie King' "Pack It Up", Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home To Me", and the title track, "Brother To the Blues." This one may rattle some Tab fans heads as a straight country ballad. But it's solid and sincere, and it works. (Bring It On Home is one chorus too long - especially as track 2 - but that's minor nit.)
Guessing that most Tab fans have seen his live shows, the Hank Williams' "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow" will recall his between-set solo section, as will the original fingerpicked "Moon Coming over the Hill"
The highlight is the original "Somehow" - a slow blues burner that channels Ronnie Earl and some tasty chords over soulful vocals.
I have just about everything this guy has recorded and see him live as often as I can. He's the real deal, and this record makes it clear. This CD delivers!