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Tab Benoit Biography

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Birth Place: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Years Active: 1987 - Present
Genres: Swamp Blues, Soul Blues, Chicago Blues

Tab Benoit (born November 17, 1967 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a blues guitarist, musician and singer. He plays a style that is a combination of swamp blues, soul blues and Chicago blues. He plays a Fender Telecaster electric guitar and writes his own musical compositions. Benoit graduated from Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, Louisiana in May, 1985. In 2003, he formed an organization promoting awareness of coastal wetlands preservation known as "Voice of the Wetlands."

A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a music club and cultural center in Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. He formed a trio in 1987 and began playing clubs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He began touring other parts of the south two years later and started touring more of the United States in 1991- and he continues to this day.

He is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints.

Tab is also featured in the IMAX film, Hurricane on the Bayou.

On May 16, 2010, at the LMHOF Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, LA, Tab Benoit was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.