Tab Benoit has taken an old-fashioned route in his Blues career. Like Rory Gallagher in the 1970s, and Joe Bonamassa today, Tab releases high-quality albums then tours relentlessly to play the music to his people, and the result is a rock-solid fan base that doesn’t depend on radio stations and record companies to keep on coming back. Tab plays a Deep Southern Blues that has it’s roots in the Delta and in the Swamp, but he knows how to rock an audience, whether at a Festival or an intimate club gig.
Tab’s version of ‘Shelter Me’;
Since then, Tab has won numerous Blues Music Awards, including the ‘BB King Entertainer of the Year’, and toured widely in The States and Europe at Festivals and as a solo artist. His work in conservation, as founder of ‘Voice of the Wetlands’, also won awards, and he featured in the I-Max film ‘Hurricane on the Bayou’ about the aftermath of Katrina. Tab makes a good case for protecting the unique Louisiana wetland environment, which is being lost at a rate of acre an hour, and also for promoting the rich culture this place has brought us. We wouldn’t have ‘Swamp Blues’ without it!