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Tab Benoit 2024 Tour

Tab Benoit Embarks On 2024 Night Train Tour

Performs Locally: THE LYRIC THEATRE/Tue April 9

(Stuart FL) – Acclaimed Louisiana Bayou blues guitarist Tab Benoit brings his year-long 2024 Night Train Tour to The Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Ave., Tuesday, April 9. Show: 7pm. Tickets/info: (772) 286-7827 or visit www.lyrictheatre.com. Ghalia Volt, Belgian blues rock singer, guitarist, drummer and songwriter, opens for Benoit on this leg of the tour.

Tab Benoit Live! – Reviews

“The final song of the night was “Night Train” from 2005’s Fever on the Bayou which Benoit jammed on for over ten minutes with explosive guitar licks. It was a bring down the house conclusion.”


“Tab Benoit has been a frequent Lincoln visitor over the three-plus decades that he’s been bringing his brand of blues out of Louisiana. Known for his distinctive guitar tone and fiery playing, he’s a powerhouse vocalist who sounds something like Otis Redding.”


“On April 12th, 2023, blues fans filled the Intimate Tennessee venue of Hop Springs to experience the legendary Tab Benoit’s live performance…As soon as Benoit took the stage, the audience erupted in applause, ready to be taken on a soulful journey through the sounds of the Delta Blues.”


“Based on how early the capacity crowd filled The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on a Thursday night, the world still loves a great guitar hero. The good news for concertgoers who came to the legendary venue last night was they got to see two guitar masters (Tab Benoit and JD Simo) on the same bill.”


“Benoit took the stage, and within ten minutes the rain slowed to a drizzle, then stopped completely. Blues From The Top 1, Mother Nature 0…From his set opening “Why Are People Like That” to his encore “Medicine”, Benoit had the delighted crowd swinging, singing, and swaying. Benoit’s set was the perfect culmination of three fabulous days of extraordinary music at an extraordinary venue in an idyllic location”.



“Louisiana blues great Tab Benoit hit The Warehouse and was welcomed with open arms by his adoring fans, and he didn’t disappoint!,” . “His ‘swamp blues’ was right at home on this very sticky and hazy evening, done right by a legend in the making.”


Tab Benoit…Bio

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 set up is simple. It consists of a guitar, cord, and Category 5 Amplifier. The effects that you hear come from his fingers.

Born on November 17, 1967, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Benoit grew up in the nearby oil and fishing town of Houma, where he still resides today. Musically, he was exposed early on to traditional Cajun waltzes and the country music broadcast on his hometown’s only radio station. Benoit’s father was himself a musician; as such, the family home was filled with various instruments. He began playing drums but switched to guitar because the only gigs to be had in rural Louisiana were held in churches and at church fairs, and organizers would not allow loud drums to be played at these events.

In the late 80’s Tab Benoit began hanging 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 these living blues legends. He formed a trio in 1987 and began playing clubs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

In 1992 Benoit released his first recording Nice and Warm on the Justice Label. The title track became a AAA 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. Tab began playing two-hundred and fifty shows a year, a schedule he has kept up for over twenty years. He recorded four albums for Justice Records before being signed to the Vanguard label, and became Louisiana’s Number One Blues export. Vanguard allowed Tab to produce his own recordings; Tab wanted to record the sound that he was trying to create and in 1999 Vanguard Records released These Blues Are All Mine.

Tab 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. He was also on a mission in wanting to use his music and his energy to bring attention to Louisiana’s coastal erosion issues. Tab began to spend more time in the Wetlands and it was where he began to write his songs. Wetlands was the title of his first Telac/Concord International release. The record combined many musical styles that are indigenous to Louisiana, while he began to play accordion lines and washboard on guitar. Wetlands was a mile marker that definitively marked Tab’s further musical progression into his own original sound and style.

Following the release of Wetlands in 2004 Benoit founded the Voice of the Wetlands non-profit organization (www.voiceofthewetlands.org) and began to use music and gather other musicians to use their platforms for getting the message out. He put together an all-star band that featured Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich, Johnny Sansone, and Waylon Thibodeaux that became The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars have released two CDs and occasionally tour throughout the country. Even from the earliest of the Justice Records days Benoit was always reaching to create a sound that was all his own. In 2011 this all came to fruition with the release of Benoit’s CD “Medicine” which received a long list of awards voting Tab the “BB King Entertainer of the Year” at the 2012 Blue Music Awards in Memphis. Medicine was followed by Concord’s Tab Benoit’s Legacy release, a sort of “Best Of” of Tab’s music.

Benoit and his manager Rueben Williams launched his own imprint, Whiskey Bayou Records. The label has thus far released albums by such established artists as Eric McFadden, Damon Fowler, Eric Johanson, Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and Dash Rip Rock. The label’s primary goal is to give voice to some artists that they feel should be recognized. In 2024 you can bet Tab Benoit will be cutting through the noise and packing houses across the US. For the last thirty-three years this American troubadour has been carving out his own path through music history.

Tab Benoit “We Make A Good Gumbo” Live (Click Link To View)


April 3 (Wed) – Hopewell VA@Beacon Theatre**

April 4 (Thur) – Rocky Mount VA@Harvester Performance Center**

April 5 (Fri) – Charlotte NC@Neighborhood Theatre**

April 6 (Sat) – Charleston SC@Charleston Music Hall**

April 9 (Tue) – Stuart FL@The Lyric Theatre***

April 10 (Wed) – Key West FL@Key West Theatre***

April 12 (Fri) – Melbourne FL@King Center For The Performing Center***

April 13 (Sat) – Boca Raton FL@The Funky Biscuit***

April 14 (Sun) – St. Petersburg FL@Tampa Bay Blues Festival

April 17 (Wed) – Wilmington NC@Kenan Auditorium**

April 18 (Thur) – Newberry SC@Newberry Opera House**

April 19 (Fri) – Macon GA@Capitol Theatre**

April 20 (Sat) – Fort Walton Beach FL@Downtown Music Hall**

April 27 (Sat) – New Orleans LA@The Fillmore*

April 30 (Tue) – New Orleans LA@NOLA Crawfish Festival

May 2 (Thur) – New Orleans LA@House Of Blues

May 4 (Sat) – New Orleans LA@New Orleans Jazz Festival

May 29 (Wed) – Fort Worth TX@Tannahills Tavern & Music Hall

May 30 (Thur) – Woodlands TX@Dosey Doe

May 31 (Fri) – New Braunfels TX@Gruene Hall

June 14 (Fri) – Salt Lake City UT@Utah Blues Festival

July 11 (Thur) – Winston Salem NC@The Ramkat*****

July 12 (Fri) – Greenville SC@Peace Concert Hall*****

July 14 (Sun) – Knoxville TN@Bijou Theatre*****

July 17 (Wed) – Virginia Beach VA@Elevation 27*****

July 18 (Thur) – Alexandria VA@The Birchmere*****

July 19 (Fri) – Phoenixville PA@Colonial Theatre*****

July 20 (Sat) – Riverhead NY@The Suffolk*****

July 21 (Sun) – East Greenwich RI@The Odeum*****

July 23 (Tue) – Truro MA@Payomet Performing Arts Center*****

July 25 (Thu) – Fairlee VT@Lake Morey Resort*****

July 26 (Fri) – Port Chester NY@Capitol Theatre*****

July 27 (Sat) – Beverly MA@Cabot Theater*****

July 28 (Sun) – Portsmouth NH@JImmys Jazz & Blues Club*****

July 31 (Wed) – Red Bank NJ@The Vogal*****

Aug 1 (Thu) – Newton NJ@Newton Theatre*****

Aug 3 (Sat) – Warrendale PA@Jergels Rhythm Grille*****

Aug 4 (Sun) – Warren O(H@Robins Theatre*****

Sept 5-8 (Thur-Sun) – Las Vegas NV@Big Blues Bender

Sept 13 (Fri) – Telluride CO@Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Sept 14 (Sat) – Telluride CO@Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Oct 19 (Sat) – Steelville MO@Wildwood Spring Lodge

Nov 8 (Fri) – Crowley LA@The Grand Opera House Of The South

Nov 9 (Sat) – Humble TX@Charles Bender Performing Arts Center

Nov 16 (Sat) – Boca Raton FL@Boca Blues Festival at Sunset Cove Amp





CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – Tab Benoit Feature/Interview

NASHVILLE SCENE – Tab Benoit Interview

SPLICE MAGAZINE – Swampland Jam Live Review

Will Johns Florida Tour Dates:

March 30th – Judson’s Live, Orlando
April 7th – 9th – Paradise Bar & Grill, Pensacola
April 12th – The Center Bar, Bonita Springs
April 13th – Ruby’s Elixir – Special guests of The Cash Box Kings for the Tampa Bay Blues Festival After Party, St. Petersburg FL
April 20th- Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa FL
April 26th – Boca Black Box, Boca Raton FL
April 27th – Earl’s Hideaway Lounge, Sebastian FL
April 28th – The Twisted Fork, Port Charlotte

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