Tab Benoit’s greasy rhythms, gutsy leads, gritty vocals and commanding stage presence make him one of the most exciting roots artists to witness live in person. He’s also taken on the role of label honcho and heads up Whiskey Bayou Records. Guitar Player is thrilled to work with Slim’s to present Benoit plus the Whiskey Bayou Review with Eric McFadden and Eric Johanson to one of the most celebrated venues on the West Coast.
Dig hip Tele tones? Benoit makes his thinline Telecaster sound like a hurricane courtesy of his signature Category 5 amplification. He’s also sophisticated enough to back it down to a whisper at the appropriate moments. When he does it’s awesome to hear every nuance of the strings rubbing back and forth over the fretwires as Benoit’s bends sing and cry. This version of “Darkness” at the Ogden Theatre from this past July is a great example of Benoit’s emotional range on his instrument.
Eric McFadden is a genre-defying artist in every respect. GP’s most recent coverage of McFadden was a Frets feature on his acoustic side in the September issue, but he focused mostly on his own authentically bluesy, rootsy side when recording Pain By Numbers for Whiskey Bayou in 2018. That’s what we expect McFadden to be ripping through at the Great American.
New Orleans-based Eric Johanson’s credits include playing lead guitar for funk legend Cyril Neville and Grammy-winning zydeco artist Terrance Simien. His 2017 solo debut Burn it Down was produced and engineered by Tab Benoit at his studio in Houma, Louisiana, and features Benoit on drums and Corey Duplechin on bass. Early in 2019 Johanson released Blues In My Blood, a duet record with singer Tiffany Pollack. It has earned an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Song and a Blues Blast magazine award for Best New Artist Debut Album. Dig Johanson’s slippery slide playing with Benoit on drums doing “Burn it Down” live from 2018.
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GP Presents Tab Benoit and the Whiskey Bayou Review with Eric McFadden and Eric Johanson plus special GP guest Jimmy Leslie
Wednesday, November 6
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA, 94109
7pm doors: 8pm show
Free GP magazines, Mesa/Boogie pedal raffle