Als „neuer Vertreter der alten Schule” bezeichnet sich Tab Benoit selbst. Der Gitarrist und Sänger wurde in Louisiana geboren, lebt in New Orleans und begeistert seit zwei Jahrzehnten mit seiner authentischen und dabei höchst modernen Blues-Variante. 2007 erhielt er gleich 2 Auszeichnungen: Den B. B. King ‘Entertainer of the Year’ und bei den Blues Music Awards den 'Best Contemporary Male Performer'.
Auf Medicine haben sich sechs der besten heutigen Root’s Musiker zusammen gefunden und bieten eindrucksvolle und tief gehende Root’s Musik. Mit von der Partie: Anders Osborne, Ivan Neville, Brady Blade, Corey Duplechin und Michael Doucet. Eine energiegeladene Band, hipper und grooviger als alles, was Tab Benoit bisher gemacht hat.
Ein 100%-iges musikalisches Wundermittel: Genial und hilft gegen alle Wehwehchen. Tab Benoits Medicine heilt garantiert jeden Herzschmerz. Ein geniales Produkt – hilft gegen alles, was dir fehlt.
You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Tab Benoit’s amazing new Medicine, 100% pure musical snake-oil. A melodic potion that provides immediate and satisfying relief for all aches and pain. Benoit’s Medicine is a guaranteed cure for heartache. It’s the genuine article – this Medicine is for whatever ails you.
Medicine, Benoit’s seventh solo release on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, successfully joins two gifted guitarists / songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. The 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne (his song “Watch the Wind Blow By” was recorded by Tim McGraw in 2002, hitting No. 1 on the country charts for two weeks and selling over three million albums, and Keb’ Mo’s 1999 GRAMMY®-winning album Slow Down, featured two songs he had co-written).
“Anders and I have been friends for years, and we have a very comfortable relationship,” says Benoit, a GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter, as well as a guitarist and singer with a repertoire that ranges from swamp-pop classics to gritty blues and rootsy jams. “Songwriting needs to feel natural. It needs to flow easily. When he and I went out on the bayou, we came back with seven songs! Anders also played most of the rhythm parts on the album. He does a good job of not stepping on what I’m doing and making it fit the song.”
In an unusual twist, Osborne (who also co-produced the album) uses B. B. King’s famous guitar “Lucille” on Medicine. “He played half the album on that guitar, basically anything that’s not slide guitar,” Benoit says.
Medicine showcases a lean, energetic young band, and vibe-wise it’s hipper and groovier than anything Benoit has ever done before. The recording also spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville (son of Aaron Neville and nephew to members of the Neville Brothers), drummer Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews) and bassist Corey Duplechin (Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band). Fiddler / singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks.
Medicine was recorded at Louisiana’s legendary Dockside Studio (B. B. King, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco), located on a 12 acre estate in the heart of Cajun country on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou, and engineered by David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Gov’t Mule). The award-winning music producer / engineer worked with Benoit on three earlier releases (Fever for the Bayou, Power of the Pontchartrain and Night Train to Nashville). “When David’s in the booth, I don’t have to worry,” says Benoit. “He’s always comfortable with the way I work. We have a lot of fun and like to joke around.”
Medicine is more than another strong entry in Benoit’s increasingly impressive discography – it’s one of his most defining albums. “Magic happens when you least expect it,” says Benoit. “Most of the stuff here was played live – these are mostly first takes. When it came down to playing, we weren’t trying to structure things. We were open to the moment.”
If music has the power to help relieve pain and suffering, then Tab Benoit’s Medicine might be just what the doctor ordered.
,,Benoit ist ein wandelndes Blues-Lexikon: traumwandlerisch sicher spielt er
Chicago-Blues (,,A Whole Lotta Soul") an, zitiert ein paar Takte aus der lebendigen Swamp-Tradition seiner Heimat Louisiana (,,Long Lonely
Bayou"), bevor er sich an der Ballade im Stil von Salomon Burke versucht (,,Nothing Takes The Place Of You")." (Stereo, August 2011)