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Tab Benoit Takes Awards In Stride

Of the Oakland Press

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Louisiana blues guitarist Tab Benoit doesn’t hide his pride in being named the Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year at this year’s Blues Music Association Awards.

“You never expect ’em, but it always feels great,” says Benoit, who released a live album, “Night Train to Nashville,” in April. “The one thing about the blues community is you know they’re actually listening.

“With the Grammys it’s more about name recognition, but with the blues awards you know that everybody that’s voted on those awards knows you and has listened to you. I love that part of it. It means it’s real.”

Benoit, who’s active in the Voice of the Wetlands conservation organization, also turned 40 this year. But in his chosen field, he has no problems with getting older.

“I’ve been a young guy in a genre of mostly older people,” he explains. “In the blues world, you get more respect as you get older, I think. It’s not like pop, where if you’re not young, you don’t count.”

Tab Benoit performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 26) at Callahan’s, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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