Considering the storied musical history of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, being elected to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame is no small feat. That’s just the beginning of the accolades that Delta blues ace Tab Benoit has racked up over a 30-year career. A masterful guitarist with a soulful voice to boot, Benoit’s talents have taken him around the world, and onto stages with peers like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and a bunch of different Neville brothers. A five-times-over Blues Music Award winner, Benoit is also an environmental activist who’s worked tirelessly to protect Louisiana’s threatened coastal waters through his Voice of the Wetlands organization.
— Dan Nailen