"I'm ready for some blues" he said as he took the stage. "This cold weather has got me down" he continued with a big smile on his face, as he launched into the song Nice & Warm (from his 1992 debut album of the same name). He followed with Muddy Water's Long Distance Call. Tab also had a great extended solo on Albert King's recording of Laundromat Blues (from his Standing on the Bank album). There was a nice medley of Jambalaya and Iko Iko -- some good ol' swamp blues which displayed his Louisiana roots.
Near the end of his show he did some nice solo country blues ala Lightnin' Hopkins and Lightnin' Slim. During his first or second song he broke a guitar string but kept right on playing. This happened again a few songs later and turned out to be a regular occurrence that night. I think he broke a string about every other song. He just took this in stride with a good natured smile and friendly attitude. It's no wonder he has such loyal fans...he reaches right out and touches you with his down home friendliness and superb guitar playing. He will be back in June and I'll be there too.
E-mail Ray Stiles at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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