Tab Benoit (#1501)

Benoit, an iconic Louisiana guitarist and songwriter, delivers his signature swamp-blues-meets-Chicago-blues sound in a high-energy performance at the 2010 W. C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival.

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Tab Benoit's guitar playing has elicited comparisons to heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins, and even Jimi Hendrix, but despite the hype, this Houma, Louisiana, native has done his best to remain true to his downhome Cajun roots. In his performance at the 2010 W. C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, using a Fender as battered and bruised as the life of any hard-driving bluesman, Benoit gives a stand-up-and-dance performance. His set opens with “Why Are People Like That?” and “One Foot in the Bayou.”

In an interview, Benoit, talks about the casual way in which he became a full-time musician. “I went to school to be a pilot and was flying airplanes — and people just kept calling me to play for them and asking me to play more and more. It got to the point to where I could see making more money playing music than I could working as a pilot.”

Benoit is joined on stage by fellow axeman Joe Louis Walker (who is featured in another Jubilee - Summertime Blues program)for a number that has the crowd on its feet.


This program was recorded at: 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival