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Blues Bayou

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On his new CD, Brother to the Blues, Louisiana bluesman Tab Benoit gets a little help from guitar greats Jim Lauderdale and Billy Joe Shaver. No slouch himself, Benoit piles on the riffs and licks, bending notes in time with the veterans' weathered voices and Waylon Thibodeaux's Cajun-seasoned fiddle. This time out, Benoit's usual swamp boogie meets a new friend in classic country. The lonesome twang of Hank Williams and George Jones can be heard in several songs, and the spare arrangements reinforce the back-to-the-basics approach. Benoit even laces Sam Cooke's gospel-shaded "Bring It on Home to Me" with Louisiana spice. Still, Benoit is at his best when he growls the blues. He simmers onstage, where his regional drawl somehow manages to seep into his instrument.
Sun., July 9, 8 p.m.

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