Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Growing up in Louisiana, Benoit assembled his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since.

In 2002, Benoit released his album, Wetlands, which is arguably the most authentically Cajun installment in his entire ten-year discography. Later in 2002, Benoit released Whiskey Store, a collaborative recording with fellow axemaster and Telarc labelmate Jimmy Thackery. In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) in Memphis.

 

An environmental activist as well as a stellar blues musician, Benoit has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade. He serves as president of Voice of the Wetlands, an environmental organization he co-founded in 2003. In 2010, Benoit received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

 

Medicine, Benoit’s latest release on Telarc, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. The 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne. Engineered by David Z, Medicine spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville, drummer Brady Blade and bassist Corey Duplechin. Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks. Get your tickets now as this event always sells out!

 

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The Cass Clayton Trio and John Stilwagen will be opening for Tab Benoit. Cass is known for her big, bluesy voice and broad, 3-octave vocal range that comfortably goes from Blues/Rock to R&B, Soul and edgy Country sounds alike. Early influences of old-school blues, gospel, R&B and jazz can be heard in her vocal style, song choices and lyrics. Regardless of the genre in which she is singing, she feels most connected to the blues vocalist tradition. 

 

Dann Burke is lead guitarist for Hogback Blues Band, co-fronted by he and Cass. He has been playing lead guitar and fronting bands for over 35 years. Dann’s style is clean and pedal-free with no tricks – just tasteful guitar licks that enhance the music and a tendency to choose “space” instead of over-playing. 

 

“The Long Island King of the Keys”, John Stilwagen moved to Colorado in 1993 and brought with him his diverse style, which extends from classical to rock, country, funk, ragtime and, of course, blues! He and Big Jim Adam were 2011 International Blues Challenge Finalists in the Solo/Duo category.