Baton Rouge Blues
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
Baton Rouge born Tab Benoit brought his style of Cajun blues to the Railhead last night. Ever since his first cd, Nice And Warm, came out in 1992, Tab has continuously toured, gaining more and more exposure. Songs featured on hit TV shows such as Melrose Place, Party Of Five, and Northern Exposure didn't hurt. His good looks and adept playing even landed him an appearance on Baywatch Nights.
Benoit greeted his fans with a down home taste of Louisiana with the song Travelin' South. He and his Cajun trio sounded their best on 29 Ways, Hot Tamale Baby, and Jambalaya. The latter turned into a medley which included "Iko-Iko" and "When The Saints Go Marching In." And when Benoit sang the title track to his 1999 release, These Blues Are All Mine, I couldn't help but feel that those blues were mine too. Song after song, no matter what Tab played, Louisiana was always kept close to his heart.
The music brought me back to my time at Mardi Grais. Back to the good time feelings and party atmosphere. Hearing artists like Benoit I can't help but think how great it would be to see them on their home turf. Hey! Isn't Jazz Fest soon?
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