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|Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies, Kenny Neal|
Homesick for the Road
Genres: Blues, Pop
Perhaps taking their cue from Alligator's 1985 Showdown! with Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland, Telarc brought together three fairly young veterans on the contemporary blues circuit for this session. Tab Be... more »
Perhaps taking their cue from Alligator's 1985 Showdown! with Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland, Telarc brought together three fairly young veterans on the contemporary blues circuit for this session. Tab Benoit, schooled in blues in Baton Rouge, steps forward to sing and play guitar on Willie Nelson's "Nightlife," Jay Hawkins's well-worn "I Put a Spell on You," and his own "Down in the Swamp," supported in all three places by Kenny Neal on rhythm guitar. Neal, a member of a prominent Baton Rouge blues family, provides vocals and solo guitar for his lament "I've Been Mistreated," a rendition of his father Raful's "Luberta" (where the elder contributes a spot of singing), and several more album tracks. Also in the thick of things is Debbie Davies, who worked with Albert Collins before carving out her own niche. Her singing and guitar are out front on four Don Costagno songs and parts of three other tunes. Furnishing the grooves behind Neal, Davies, and Benoit is Ronnie Earl's old Broadcasters band. The three guitarists and their backup players are all good musicians and the material is for the most part OK. But nothing here, nothing at all, is memorable or distinctive. This album is recommended to loyal fans of the headliners. --Frank-John Hadley
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Dr. M. Villanueva | Albuquerque, NM USA | 09/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD as a fluke -- I saw it in the bin, scanned it ... for a quick cursory listen and was immediately struck by its vitality. Took it home where it quickly became one of my favorites. This CD has many virtues: 1. The trio do sound like they have been playing from grade school; they sound good -- very, very good. 2. There is an excellent range of R&B here: rocking, driving ballads, to rhythmically slow, soulful tunes. 3. This just R&B at its best: The bass lines are wonderful, driving, and musical. If you are familiar with some of the more intricate bass lines from the Blues Brothers>Ray Charles> Shake Your Tail Feather> Donald Dunn, you get the idea. Most excellent bass work here. However, the one thing (4) that makes this CD stand head and shoulders above many others is the sound engineering. I am no audiophile, but this CD is about the best mastered R&B CD I have heard. In fact, I have been using this CD (and couple of DVDs) to help me select a new AV receiver. Frankly, in all 4 show rooms I have visited to audition B&K, Marantze, Arcam etc., the startled, impressed reaction by each sales person when hearing this CD tells me my sense of the quality of sound engineering is right. My other DVDs / Cds gained no such unsolicited praise. Someone clearly put serious effort into the sound on this CD If you have a good system, this critter will rock you. If not, it is still excellent. Excellent music, masterfully engineered; what more could one want?"
howard lee teitel | GLENDALE, NEW YORK United States | 07/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ANOTHER TRIO OF BLUES ARTISTS BANNING TOGETHER FOR ANOTHER BLUES CD,GOOD SOLID MIX OF SONGS,FROM COLD COLD FEELING TO I PUT A SPELL ON YOU ITS GOOD LISTENING FOR THE BLUES LOVERS WHO ENJOY GOOD SONGS AND SINGING AND NOT ALOT OF WAILING GUITARS"
Homesick For The Road
sgoldcoast | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia | 07/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"3 great artists, one great CD. I bought this because I think Tab Benoit is one of the best, but the combination of Tab, Debbie Davies and Kenny Neal is to be recommended. I note that it was made 10 years ago - what is the chance of another one?"