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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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Tab didn't write put a spell on u did he awesome playing though
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The Hell with the rest ,this guy can play!!! Play TAB play show em how we do it in the cajun land
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boogiespeed
you wanna see the man on a set of drums some night... it will blow you away. I have been fortunate to attend 3 live concerts (and 2 after show parties) and can attest that this man is b.a.d. As in b**chin.... And he gives a damn about America as well. If I had a son, he'd be Tab Benoit -LoL !
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joe6888
i first heard why do people have go be like that (Brother to the Blues) about 6 years ago and it stopped me in my tracks. immediately searched itunes store and bought several tunes. jambalaya, crawfishin, bring it on home to me, i heard that lonesome whistle blow, these arms of mine...are just a few gems this soulfull bluesman plays and sings.
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would love to see him in concert-love it in my soul-moves me
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It's that blackwater soul like J.J. Grey. They be brothers of the country ghetto!
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Love this guy the raw sound is just great
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Rusty Cooley is better
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Great feeling the song
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magic voiceguitar wizard
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Never Heard Of Him Before That Was Awsome...
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Was not expecting this one on here ( But maybe I may hear more Tab Benoit on Warren Storm radio then Tab Benoit radio ( just saying baby
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Brings a lot soul back to the blues. Thank you Tab.
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Can't say enough good about this young .man stay the course Tab and always do it your way/
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Sqeedaly licks. Bites like an old gator.
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Love this song is what you need to put to woman that don't know what that want
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The future of blues looks good with the likes of this guy.
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The best ones rarely get the love they deserve.
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How many can play. Like this
Super
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marthai
Makes me feel it!
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Kool Blues....... .
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Great Sounding Great Beat Tab Benoit is Awesome Sang It BRO tear Um Up Bro
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Great stuff Benoit,keep up the good work
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Awesome
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Saw tab in Hartford Ct. Had the best time. A real blues man with a great personality that warms you up.......... . . A n all night of requests at Infinity-cou l d not have been better. Keep it UP!!!!
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I'm in love...
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Tab plays with my old friend Jimmy Thackery, we go back to the days on the Road Ducks farm, with Jay Nedry, Robbie Melchoir,Roo t Boy,.....he makes me cry because to access's that certain place in my heart, the key is the screaming guitar..
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Great sound great beat by Tab Benoit
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I'm an old blues man from New Orleans. This guy has it going on. Great licks!!
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For a coonass! the boy is one of Akind from this part of Louisiana and I'm from Houma, la. Ted is you feel it keep playing it. The song darkness is the s**t.
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i live in N.O.La ... never heard of him until now ...
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sandymousawp a t r i c k
id love to see him live but a dvd would work for now, where can I get one
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He takes me home, know what I mean, Vern?
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seen him twice in small venues. If you are a blues fan, he should be on your short list to see live
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Have seen Tab almost a dozen times. Drank with him between sets a few times. Great guy. One night he played a full set on the drums for us.He's a real talented guy.
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cheskaseifer t
Way undang paglanngas
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Will have you rocking and tapping your foot all nite long!
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Saw him at the Big Blues Bender in Vegas this past Sept and he was terrific. . . definitely a new favorite !
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Been to a ton of blues shows and festivals , Tab is seriously one of the best in the bizz.
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oh, yeah
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Caught him LIVE a couple of times and have four of the CDs. In his live shows at times the band will leave and he will go solo. Outstanding! !
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mwwoods917
Joan baeź
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AWESOME MUSIC, NOTHING LIKE THE BLUES SANG LIKE THAT, AWESOME, AWSOME
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playing your music on Pandora.. happy Birthday!! �� great soul!!
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I guess not liking Tab Benoit because you don't like Darkness is sorta like not liking Led Zeppelin because you don't like Stairway to Heaven. I really didn't like that song, at all. Muddy Bottom Blues, though, is a quite enjoyable song.
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Classic
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oh yeah
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Excellent blues guy!
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Brings back the good times
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TAB AND CHIEF MONK MAKE THE BEST MUSIC!
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