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Tab Benoit

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Tab Benoit makes his home near New Orleans in Houma, Louisiana. Born November 17, 1967, he's one of a handful of bright rising stars on the modern blues scene. For most of the 1990s and into the 2000s, he's worked each of his records the old-fashioned way, by playing anywhere and everywhere he and his band can play. Unlike so many others before him, Benoit understands that blues is not a medium in favor with 50,000-watt commercial rock radio stations, so as a consequence, he's combined each of his releases with as many shows as he can possibly play. Since the release of his first album for Justice, Benoit has taken his brand of Cajun-influenced blues all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Nice and Warm, his debut album for Houston-based Justice Records, prompted some critics to say he was sometimes reminiscent of three blues guitar gods: Albert King, Albert Collins, and Jimi Hendrix.

Although the hard-working, modest guitarist scoffs at those comparisons, and doesn't think he sounds like them (and doesn't try to sound like them, either), Benoit doesn't appear to be one who's easily led into playing rock & roll instead of his down-home blend of swamp blues and East Texas guitar-driven blues. Talk to Benoit at one of his shows, and he'll tell you about his desire to "stay the course" and not water down his blues by playing items that could be interpreted as "alternative" rock. Despite the screaming guitar licks he coaxes from his Telecaster and his powerful songwriting and singing abilities, Benoit's laid-back, down-to-earth personality off-stage is the exact opposite of his live shows.

Benoit's releases include Nice and Warm (1992), What I Live For (1994), Standing on the Bank (1995), and Live: Swampland Jam (1997), all recorded for Vanguard. Benoit then moved over to the Telarc label for These Blues Are All Mine (1999), Whiskey Store (2002, with Jimmy Thackery), Wetlands (2002), and The Sea Saint Sessions (2003). In 2004, Benoit released Whiskey Store Live, recorded with Thackery on the support tour for Whiskey Store. Fever for the Bayou was released on the Telarc label in 2005, a year that also also saw Voice of the Wetlands come out on Rykodisc. Another album from Telarc, Brother to the Blues, appeared in 2006. Power of the Pontchartrain and Night Train to Nashville followed in 2007 and 2008, respectively, while 2011 saw the release of Medicine, which featured seven songs co-written by Benoit and Anders Osborne among its 11 tracks. Considering that many of Benoit's records have surpassed the 50,000 mark, he seems well on his way to a career that could rival the kind of popularity the late Stevie Ray Vaughan enjoyed in the late '80s. ~ Richard Skelly & Al Campbell, Rovi
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Awesome!,,,,
CAN'T WAIT FOR JAZZ FEST!!!!
Great music.
bryan.grabow s k i 8 3
Fantastic
Rockin'
nothing like cold beer blues
He's the best guitar player never herd better from him I always liked the song (Nice And Warm)
kvons1
Superb BAYOU blues man
Tab benoit
Tabbed benoit
missy1919
Makes me want a cigarette... . and I don't even smoke!
kehew1
Perfect with 15 year old scotch...... l i g h t snow falling..... h o t tub....sitti n g watching the birds and deer at the feeders....a n d life is good in Iowa!!
vegaschevygu y
Now that's the blues...
MAKES ME WANT A COLD BEER!
Great music.
dezzer1
Very versatile doesn't seem to follow or copy any one blues legend but has every quality any of them ever had; very talented musician and writer!
bigunderboss
This guy is awesome. Saw him a few years ago in St. Paul Minnesota. Simply a pleasure to listen to. Nice and warm baby.
Sounds like a younger B.B. King, don't you think?
Welcome Home Tab...Glad you had fun in Fla.&on the Blues Cruise, but will be glad to see you back in Mandeville, La. and the Crescent City!
Music to get lost to Sweeeet
Tab is mix of snooks eaglin and john foggerty with something more.
My Louisiana boy here will be at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, Dallas TX, in a couple months!
you need to come to chicago and put the nah? na ? na sayers down
come to the house of theblues and play in chi town ?
wow we wow wow
u sure u ain't Black:)!!
swart514
I have seen him twice in DesMoines Iowa at the Gas Lamp blues bar Great performance both times.
I gotta find a way to go see this guy!
Yankee that I am, all this time I thought his name was pronounced BenOYT and i just heard the other day that it is actually pronounced BenWA. Much better :)
Question for Tab fans. Many years ago I frequented a bar(Whits lounge) in Lafayette and befriended a guitar player in the Van Preston and the Night Rockers band.His name was Poochie Benoit.. Any kin?
wonder how a crab claw would work?
Heard that he picked his guitar w/a nacho chip in OH-That's Funny!
This northern boy just cant get enough of this man music! Coming to Kalamazoo Mi. this summer at the State Theater. Got to go got to go
nicko252008
ROCK ON!!!!
The definitive version of this song sprang from the guitar and soul of Buddy Guy. That said, Tab is the real deal.
Belated happy bday Tab...you sure can bend those strings. I love SRV and you play well enough to make me a fan... Ps Albert Collins
Did this tune Also. You do the song justice.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAB!!
Reading some of these comments...l i g h t e n up! Tab works REALLY hard. I'm sure he gets tired and has bad days like ALL of us do sometimes. He has NOT FORGOTTEN where he comes from. In fact, he's an activist to SAVE the WETLANDS...D A T is where he is from. Please, don't trash Tab!
The last post from Kat wasn't from Kat. I'm Wendee...did n ' t know that Kat was logged in.
Volunteered at the Voice of the Wetlands Festival-Oct . 1 1 t h - 1 3 t h in Houma, La. My way of saying thanks for entertaining my inconsolable Husband during his Chemotherapy . My beloved Husband is no longer alive, he died last year. My gratitude and admiration for Tab and saving our Wetlands is more alive than ever. One has to turn their negatives into positives to survive such a tragedy. Being a part of the Fest provided me the chance to do that...and have fun!
I didn't even know you could comment here, forum-like. this bickering is so pathetic it's funny…arguin g on a Pandora delta blues grassfed rooted artists' station.
come on people.
Tab will be in Lake Charles, La @ Luna's Live Nov 2nd....love his passion and a show everyone should witness live !!!!
Good guitarist!!! Really like this!
Screw the 50,000 watt idiots...You Tube...Face Book.... Pandora...pr i v a t e shows...and Festivals have made them and their tired Classic Rock format as obsolete as cassette tapes.
If you get chance to see him live Do it , puts on a good show
The Delta Blues King!
Wow, there is passion here about whether Tab has the chops or not and I would say he does. I am hard to please where modern blues are concerned and if you listen with your ears and heart you will hear Louisiana and Texas in his music. It has a lazy river feel that fits right in. Let's not forget it is the love of music that makes us all want to comment here. Personal attacks are counter productive.
Love this. Great guitar and vocals.
I like this sound!
Dearest Tyslandinfo:
I'm in complete agreement with you...Eclect i c Taste is the mark of a TRUE 'Music Aficionado', I personally Love Mr.Groben and I believe if God had a singing voice it would sound exactly like Andrea Bocelli. The BLUES however...it s just American it encompasses OUR Struggles and for those who Love it OUR understandin g of each other. XoX
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