Get ready Bristol – Louisiana’s favorite guitar slinger is bringing his Cajun-infused blues to the Paramount stage this summer! Benoit is a 3X Grammy Nominated, 4X Blues Music Awards "Entertainer of the Year" and 5X “Contemporary Male” Blues Music Award Winner.The late B.B. King said, “If you really want to know how to play the blues? Watch Tab Benoit.”
Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export. He grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, Benoit hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club in nearby Baton Rouge. Playing guitar alongside Tabby 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. The nightly impromptu gigs inspired Benoit to assemble 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. He tours the country and is a highlight at the annual New Orleans Jazz Fest. He’s having a blast bringing joy to blues fans everywhere, with catchy common-man lyrics irresistibly wrapped in the rhythms of a music born to turn even the hardest times in life into a celebration.