Before I draw a conclusion as to whether or not I like any particular Album or CD, I like to listen to it at least 3 or 4 times. By doing so, I have found that the music is allowed the opportunity to grow, and like a Movie you watch a few times, you catch something you might of missed with the first viewing. Having the opportunity to listen to Tab Benoit's "Brother to the Blues" as often as I wanted, was nice but totally unnecessary, because just one listen was all I needed to know that this latest offering from Tab Benoit was something special.
My excitement over "Brother to the Blues" was such that I could not keep it to myself and I took the Cd to an outing one weekend and let a few of my Blues Lovin Friends have a listen. Usually the case at friends outing, the music is more then often secondary, a pleasant overtone to the evening. Such was not the case for "Brother to the Blues", as almost immediately this Cd was turned up and intently listened to. Conversation was kept to a minimum as the magic of "Brother to the Blues" was allowed to absorb.
Tab Benoit's "Brother to the Blues" takes us on a wonderful journey in which we get a smorgasbord of Styles, from R & B, Country, Funk, Straight Ahead Blues, and of course Tab's signature Bayou Cajun Beat thrown in. There is a little something for everyone on "Brother to the Blues", Slide Guitar, Organ, Violin, and More.
Although all the tracks on "Brother to the Blues" were very enjoyable to listen to, some that stood out for me were, Bring it on Home to Me (Sam Cooke), Brother to the Blues (Edwin E. Rodwell), I Heard That Lonesome Whistle (Jimmy Davis/Hank Williams), Pack it Up (Gonzalez Chandler), and Moon Coming over the Hill (Tab Benoit). Picking a favorite song is not possible since the caliber of each is just to high.
For those of you whom are fans of Tab Benoit, "Brother to the Blues" will only make you appreciate this Artist even more.
Tab Benoit's "Brother to the Blues" is a Five Star production and certainly destined to be remembered as one of his best.
John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)