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Power of the Pontchartrain

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Don't Make No Sense
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Good to Ya, Baby
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Shelter Me
5:07  
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Power of the Pontchartrain
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For What It's Worth
5:19  
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Midnight and Lonesome
5:06  
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Sac-Au-Lait Fishing
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Somebody's Got to Go
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I'm Guilty of Lovin' You
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Addicted
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One Foot in the Bayou
4:21  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 52:40

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Excellent!

crystalblues71

Been a fan since '98. His tone has improved with each disc.Killer cuts off this disc.Feels like your on the Bayou eating some crawfish with a old friend.

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Great SHowman

REWichmann

I have seen Tab live twice in small settings, and he is the real deal.

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

shc03

Unlike one of the previous reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed this album and the more I hear Tab Benoit, the more I like him with his rather unique mixture of blues, country, cajun and swamp music. Great musos in the band too! I think Brother To The Blues is better, but this is not far away. Well worth the download from my point of view.

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Good Swamp Music lives on

Average-Nights-Jack

Tab provides another very good release of quality Swamp music, more bluesy than cajun, more N'Awlins than Memphis and it stands up extremely well against his other CD's. He has a good voice to complment his terrific guitar playing. Well worth the download.

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Excellent exploration!

BluesFan

Tab continues to expand and to explore his brand of blues. Excellent!

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Not His Best

Electricblues

Not his typical hot guitar or canjun vocals. I would pass on this one.

They Say All Music Guide

Louisiana journeyman swamp rocker Tab Benoit has been churning out an album a year since at least 2002, and between them he stays on the road playing every festival, club, and bar that’ll have him. It would seem inevitable that the quality of these studio recordings would decline. But, at least as of 2007′s Power of the Pontchartrain, that isn’t the case. If anything, this might be the best of a very good lot, as Benoit again teams with Louisiana’s Le Roux group (who once backed legend Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and helped on Benoit’s previous release) for another 52-minute wade through muggy yet taut bayou blues. Part of the reason Benoit’s recent albums are so strong is that he doesn’t insist on playing original material, instead cherry-picking nuggets rearranged to suit his approach. This works particularly well here since he unearths terrific, often obscure material from writers such as Julie Miller (two tracks), David Egan (two others), and even Stephen Stills (a not entirely necessary “For What It’s Worth”). Everything gets run through his deep Southern groove, ultimately sounding like Tab Benoit songs, or at least tunes written with him in mind. Benoit abandons the country twang he successfully experimented with on 2006′s Brother to the Blues, digging deeper into straight blues (Lonnie Johnson’s “Somebody’s Got to Go”), Cajun (“Sac-au-Lait Fishing,” Benoit’s only original here), and the deep soul ballads (“I’m Guilty of Lovin’ You”) he has typically included on every album. His whiskey- soaked vocals bring warmth and passion to the songs and when he lets loose on that beat-up Telecaster on the title track, the Buffalo Springfield tune, and “Addicted,” he shows another side of his talents. The band stays in the pocket throughout, freeing Benoit to concentrate on singing and playing, with the result that Power of the Pontchartrain is not just another strong entry in Tab Benoit’s increasingly thick catalog, but also one of his most defining albums. – Hal Horowitz

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