The Sea Saint Sessions

  • 2003
  • The Sea Saint Sessions
  • Tab Benoit
  • Telarc Records


I was not familiar with Tab Benoit’s music until seeing him (multiple times) on the 2006 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. He was dynamite: inspiring, humorous, self-effacing, energetic, and very, very talented: powerful voice, infectious songs, fantastic guitar playing, and a superb band. On arriving home I immediately bought several of his albums, of which this is one. No regrets!

The 11 songs are a mixture of rock and Louisiana Cajun blues, mostly penned by Benoit. His cover of the Willie Dixon/Howlin’ Wolf tune, “Howlin’ for My Darling,” lays the gumbo on Chicago blues. Benoit’s voice is in top form, and his mastery of the six-string ax is front and center. Several vocal duets, including one with Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers, are top of the line. There is not one bad cut on this album; it’s a stirring Southern stew of tasty treats.

One warning: do not Listen to this album while driving your car. You will not be able to sit still. It’s made to be savored while dancing, or eating jambalaya and drinking beer. Kudos and 5 stars; get it, it’s hot.