Tab Benoit With Mike Zito

Alternative rock killed the guitar hero, that axe man who lived on fretboard histrionics. For Louisiana's Tab Benoit, hot-stuff six-string slinging is all he knows. At 41, Benoit combines two regional styles near and dear to his heart — the incendiary sting of Texas blues with the more laid-back, sultry, and Cajun-infused swamp blues. But make no mistake: Benoit isn't mired in any idealized past. While he exemplifies the cool-cat sting of Albert Collins and the Big Easy assurance of Slim Harpo, Benoit's sound is still current. With Benoit, it always feels like Saturday night in the Deep South, and that's exactly what you can expect this weekend.

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