Jan 20, 2018
About This Episode
This episode features Tab Benoit, a
Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. A guitar player since his
teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music
club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge, Louisiana run by
guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful
Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club,
Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues
The nightly impromptu gigs were
enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down
bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and
leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road
in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since.
More than just an acclaimed
bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a
driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working
to save Louisiana’s wetlands.
Also on this episode, Hope Country –
a band started by Brent Johnson in 2011 to create an environment
and place of hope. Born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Brent
had a desire to see the world and travel at an early age. He began
playing in bands at 17 and has since toured in over 40 states as
well as all over Canada. With an emphasis on strong songwriting and
storytelling lyrics, Hope Country has developed into a prime
example of modern-day Americana.
About Michael Perry
Michael Perry is a New York Times
bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn,
Perry’s bestselling memoirs include
Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and
his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through
Philosophy. His first book for young readers, The Scavengers, was
published in 2014 and first novel for adult readers, The Jesus Cow,
was published in May of 2015.
Raised on a small Midwestern dairy
farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a
ranch in Wyoming, then wandered into writing. He lives with his
wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the
local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig
farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,”
performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long
Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down
Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never
Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues.
Learn more about Michael and where
to get his publications at www.sneezingcow.com.
Follow Michael Perry
Other Ways to Stream