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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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My favorite blues player alive today... man this guy's got soul!
rfp 71 dark skinned man Cyril Nevil, seen him at HOB w/SRB, man is a legend... played like it was 18... loved it...
If you ever get a chance to see this man live, DO IT!!! A true master of his craft... Brilliant!
Seeing him at Dosey Doe's Music Hall, just north of Houston was the best show ever!
Saw Tab in H-town he was awesome! Met him off stage and he was very humble. See in San Antonio in July!
roco.6078
get on down then... talk to me... that's right.
Did he get his first name from reading too much into things, especially guitar parts and or band members.
rfp. 71 the dark skinned man singing w/ Tab at Jazz Fest 2014 in the Great Cyril Neville. He IS a Voice of the Wetlands Allstar! He also plays w/Royal Southern Brotherhood. . . Y o u should check them out! Cyril also records on the side, Magic Honey is an amazing record...Swa m p F u n k at its Very Best!
This man is great! Remember seeing him a few times when I lived in New Orleans
rfp.71
Not trying to be racist but who was the dark skinned man singing with Tab at Jazz Fest 2014. He was tearing it up. Not the Chief and I have tried google to find out who he is. I think Tab was playing with the Voice of the Wetlands or something. Don't be hating on me. In New Orleans, not everybody dark skinned person can trace their lineage to Africa.
celdredge5
I had the pleasure of seeing Tab in Telluride, Colorado at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival a couple of years ago. He was amazing! I've been a fan ever since. Thanks Tab!
If you love him on Pandora....h i s LIVE SHOW will blow your mind!!!
This is my first time hearing Tab Benoit and I believe I'm in love with his music....tha n k s PANDORA, you all are AWESOME! ��
Love this guy, never heard of him before, thank you Pandora.
mcd96
I just heard Tab for the first time ever on Pandora. That's some sweeeeeeet blues, baby! I didn't hear the monster licks like SRV or Bonammassa, but I've only heard one tune so far.
This is the the kinda blues that will pull emotion from you.
A new blues hero next to Clapton & Vaughn - oh yeah
Jelaniejohns o n 3 4 - - - gary clark jr ?
Who is that new guy from Austin who does blues/rock?
milosdad
love the tone of his guitar.
nuclearshopp e r
This is Blues. Nuff said.
The man is "Blues" talented!
Thank you Tab!
future.solid
I hear SRV in his soul, voice, guitar
First time for me to listen to this awesome sounding blues man! I love him already!
bendyke
Tabs the man! Rockn blues. Nice to hear real music is sill made. Thank you!
THANK YOU TAB! YOUR SET AT JAZZ FEST WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! NOW, CAN'T WAIT FOR THE REPUBLIC SHOW ON FRIDAY!
HE IS UNIQUE & ORIGINAL.... . . . . . . . . H A T S OFF TO .....THOSE BLUES-XXXOOO O O O O O O O O O O O O O
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
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