LIVE: Tab Benoit @ Cohoes Music Hall, 7/20/18
Review, photographs and video by Rudy Lu
A stuffed alligator is prominently displayed on the stage with Tab Benoit. That alligator gives you a strong idea of what are about hear and see, as Benoit brought his bayou-soaked trio to the Cohoes Music Hall with his Louisiana brand of blues for the second time in eight months.
Benoit plays the blues with conviction, making his guitar cry and weep to the Albert King/Roy Buchanan classic “Drowning on Dry Land.” He also played zydeco, using his guitar as a rub-board on Buckwheat Zydeco’s “Hot Tamale Baby.” Country was represented by the old Hank William’s tune ”My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It.” And after all, Louisiana is ground zero where all those cultures and musical styles melted together, isn’t it?
In between tunes, the guitarslinger entertained the audience with his amusing stage banter and ended a humorous conversation with, “I will tell the folks back home that Yankees can sing.”
Ultimately though, Benoit is a blues musician, saving his hit, “Medicine,” for an encore.
Opening the show was the Misty Blues Band, who, just the week prior, had been selected to represent Greater Nippertown at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January – for the second consecutive year.
The band played a broad spectrum of the blues culminating with a medley of Louis Armstrong’s “St. James Infirmary” and Cab Calloway’s “Hi De Ho,” as bass player Bill Patriquin doubled on trumpet. Frontwoman Gina Coleman showed her talent and versatility by playing guitar and drums, as well as singing lead vocals.