One of the most impressive guitarists to emerge from the rich bayous of southern Louisiana in recent years, Tab Benoit’s guitar tone can be recognized before his Otis Redding-ish voice resonates from the speakers.
He doesn’t rely on any effects and his setup is simple. It consists of a guitar, cord and Category 5 Amplifier. The effects that you hear come from his fingers.
In 1992 Benoit released his first recording Nice and Warm on the Justice Label. The title track became a radio hit and Benoit’s touring career kicked into high gear. Nice and Warm prompted comparisons to blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins and even Jimi Hendrix.
Benoit began playing 250 shows a year, a schedule he has kept up for over 20 years. He recorded four albums for Justice Records before being signed to the Vanguard label and became Louisiana’s No. 1 blues export. Vanguard allowed Benoit to produce his own recordings; Benoit wanted to record the sound that he was trying to create and in 1999 Vanguard Records released These Blues Are All Mine.
Benoit’s music evolved again after he signed with the Telarc International/Concord Music Group in 2002. He began to strip it down to a three-piece group where he found more freedom as a guitarist.
Wetlands was the title of his first Telarc/Concord International release. The album combined many musical styles that are indigenous to Louisiana, while he began to play accordion lines and washboard on guitar. Wetlands definitely marked Benoit’s further musical progression into his own original sound and style.
He put together an all-star band that became The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, which has released two CDs and occasionally tours throughout the country.
Benoit recently launched his own imprint, Whiskey Bayou Records and the label has released albums by Eric McFadden, Damon Fowler, Eric Johanson, Jeff McCarty and Dash Rip Rock.
In 2019 Benoit hit the road for a major U.S. tour, the Whiskey Bayou Revue featuring Benoit and several of his label’s artists.
Indie blues singer/guitarist Greg Sover continues to impress along with his bandmates; bassist Garry Lee, guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling.
The release of the band’s debut album Songs of a Renegade and sophomore follow-up Jubilee have successfully charted on Roots Top 50 Blues Rock stations. The group’s next album Parade is scheduled for a January release.
The band represented the Phoenixville Blues Society chapter and appeared in Memphis in January 2019, reaching the semifinals for the second year in a row at the International Blues Challenge. Over 200-plus bands from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom competed.