Written by Eddie Ferranti
ImageIt is really nice when you get the red carpet rolled out from start to finish at a gig. Rose and I experienced that at the Dosey Doe Big Barn in The Woodlands, Texas when we went to see Tab Benoit.

Steve Said and company welcomed us with open arms, fed us some most delicious talapia and then Tab did all the rest like he has done many times before.

This guy, for one, never seems to age for someone in their mid-40’s. He looked fit and ready to rattle the roof flanked by the jolly mound that is Corey Duplechin on bass and Trey Laundy slammin’ the drums. What you get at a Tab Benoit show is a ragin Cajun mix with amazing range from zydeco, deep swampy bluesey soul, rock and a dash of country tossed in for good measure.

Early on he set the table for the evening with a mind-bending scorching version of Buffalo Springfield’s classic “For What It’s Worth”! The trio seems to know each others’ every move and together they move at a battle tested beat that is a beauty to behold in the tight confines of Dosey Doe.

Benoit developed his style by playing in the blues dives of Southern Louisiana, where he still calls home today.  TB has been a champion leader in the fight to help preserve the coastline of his beloved state through Voice of the Wetlands and for that he should be applauded.  His Cajun accent is most interesting especially when he has a few cocktails like he was being served by the audience.

ImageHis banter was like nothing I’ve ever seen in the past and, at times, it carried on a tad too much, but it was all in good fun. Telling tales of using oyster shells for rocks growing up, the killer venue Rock ‘N Bowl in Nawlins and New Orleans Saints stories of earlier years were classics indeed.

There is no denying that he loves what he does-which makes his enthusiasm contagious. Toss in the antics of rubber faced Duplechin and you have the makings of a blistering hot good time for 2+ hours!

Benoit is from the school of less-is-more guitar playing and has stated that the majority of his nearly 20 albums to date are done in one take or two. Dosey Doe is welcoming him back in July and HMR highly recommends catching this fine fellow. He’ll blow you away in more ways than on…God Bless all who support live music!