Tab Benoit (#908)

A bayou-born guitarist brings Cajun rock and blues to Jubilee.

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Louisiana bluesman Tab Benoit, whose songs have been featured on Northern Exposure, Melrose Place, Party of Five, and Baywatch, brings his brand of Cajun rock and blues to the Jubilee stage. The program, which was taped at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY, also includes an interview with Benoit.

Born and raised in the Bayou State, Benoit first picked up a guitar on his 9th birthday and was soon playing for church and fair audiences. He found his calling as a teenager, when he discovered the blues and became a regular performer at the legendary south Louisiana club Tabby’s Blues Box. He landed a recording contract in 1992, and his first album, Nice and Warm, sold 200,000 copies—an impressive number for a debut blues album.

Since then, Benoit has recorded What I Live For, Standing on the Bank, Swampland Jam, These Blues Are All Mine, The Sea Saint Sessions, and Wetlands. A contemporary blues work infused with Cajun and zydeco sounds, Wetlands won him awards for Best Blues Artist and Best Blues Album from Offbeat, the New Orleans and Louisiana music magazine.

Band members include drummer Darryl White, who has performed or recorded with such notables as Etta James, James Thackery, the O’Jays, and the Temptations, and bass player Cal Dufrene, a veteran performer who has worked with Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux, among many others.