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Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies & Kenny Neal

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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:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D!!!!!!!!! !
The fire burns deep down in Tabs Cajun soul!
Really good trio of talent to team up. If you like the triple threat of blues guitar you need to check out a release on the Alligator label entitled SHOWDOWN... An award winning combo of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland. It'll blow you away from the first note you hear til the last beat is dropped. Total blues guitar ecstasy! Sadly though, Cray is the sole survivor of the trio...
bobm7713
NIce trio combination! ! ! !
Kick a** blues
Very distinctive voice, so good to see him keeping the blues alive! Take that Jayz!
Love this guy. First heard his at Jazz Fest Nawlins in 96 or 97. Was awesome. Hope to hear more and more from Tab. Thanks for sharing your soul Tab Benoit.
pisces714
Love this guy, I am a big fan of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn Jimi Hendrix. But alas this guy is not touring in New England. Live in CT would love to see him live. He is new to me but I think he is fabulous!
Damn damn damn. Tab is new to me. Great blues will keep an eye and ear out for him from now on. Put a spell on you reminded me of an Albert king show I saw a long time ago. GREAT stuff.
lol
davewd4
He's playing here in DC w/ Tommy Malone in a couple weeks...Look i n g forward to seeing them both...
wolfhunter13
Saw him in Charlotte NC a couple of months ago. His live shows sound just like the recorded songs. Not many singers can pull off a live show flawlessly. Way to go Tab
....YEA Simon...Swee t Home Chicago....
Coochieman loves these blues. Add a lil deanna bogart givin some dirty piano playin and some susan tedesche. Thats a Badass Bluess Band. This is bad as hell
mee too especially chicago blues








Mais,you do us proud here in Houma T-Boy.
I'm embarrassed that I never heard of Tab - I am stoked that the blues is sooo alive and just gets better with artists like him to keep the pulse pumpin'- you're on my list of favorite artists as of now!
Saw Tab A couple times in G-ville, HE rocks!
love tab's pickin. i dont agree he sounds anything like stevie ray though. tab is one of my favorites. but stevie ran in a one horse race.
Ya' starten to talk like us cowboyk65... y e a
'Na'wlins Jazz Fest' Tab is featured in the Blues Tent Friday May 3rd 5:35!
I been working down there you me. great riffs keep it up!!!!!!!!!
Its the 'Down da Bayou' Soul...somet h i n g innate that reverberates from his Being, God Bless you Tab for all the work on 'Save the Wetlands'! XoX
Tab was set to play a show in Bend, Oregon years ago when the fire marshal closed down the venue. He and the band played a benefit concert for the local Boys and Girls Club at a different venue at the last second. He tore it up and I've been a fan ever since. Saw him again a few years ago when he came through. Class act doesn't say enough!
Tell IT home boy! Men from la. Can sing. IT
donnglass
Blues lives
He makes ya just wanna as BB King would say...... shake your booty
tarheelcharl e y
Sure wish he would come to Carolina! If he has, and I missed him, gonna be pissed! LOL!
gmartin1051
Guitar reminds me of Stevie Ray. Most Excellent !!!
na'w orleans swamp blues.bend them strings for me now.
hell yes all of his work is excellent
AWESOME BLUES!
VOLUME ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT,, BATON ROUGE
Goose bump blues. Touch me to the bone. what else can I say, Baby You're the Greatest!
Full Tab Beniot discography available on MUVE music by Cricket. Blues lovers will be blown away by the selection available !!!!!!!
bookiebird12 3 9
An outstanding Artist
this is just about the only place I can find the music that i love. Wish there were more FM stations that play this full time.
These guy's make good music!!!
i was going to vote down in the first minute but his talet came thur.....and the bio proved inspiring. very nice cajun import
chuygomez50
one of the best blues guitarist i listen to and i love my blues
just had the pleasure to listen Tab benoit hope to hear more I found new blues to jam to.
I agree....see i n g Tab Benoit live is as pleasing as........je e z ! ! He's AMAZING!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Al Cooper / Mike Bloomfield anyone ?
stef729493
Listening to Tab Benoit and totally enjoying, next stop: Jimmie Vaughan!
always great in my book, from early stuff to nowadays. see him live if you can. every song has his telltale take-off riffs which are sooo smooth.....
This guy is very good.
dkmshop
Love discovering artists like Tab Benoit on Pandora. There is so much great music to be heard. Thanks, Pandora.
jdubbf3
As R Morgan wrote I agree that I had not heard of this cool dude until Pandora. Thanks for that.
Just love this guy along with Debbie Davies just a killer album!!
I can only say thank you to Pandora and you folks for introducing me! Tab now joins my collection of Albert King and others!
I first saw him in Denver, CO. I was absolutley amazed. Oneof my very favorites of playing that incredible blues guitar.
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