Tabby Thomas, guitarist
Singer ~ Pianist ~ Guitarist
birth name: Ernest Thomas

Tabby Thomas

January 5, 1929, Baton Rouge, LA ~ January 1, 2014, Baton Rouge, LA

One of Baton Rouge's best-known blues musicians. ~ WBRZ.com: Tabby Thomas Obituary ~ January 1, 2014 © WBRZ

Like many unsung Louisiana music pioneers, Thomas was donned the king of one genre, but really earned his stripes with his capability to adapt easily to other genres as they rose to popularity, such as rock n roll and even dance music; and through his profound influence on countless other guitarists and blues musicians in future generations. He recorded with the legendary Excello Records imprint early on, among others, and is perhaps most known as the proprietor of Baton Rouge's most famous blues club, Tabby's Blues Box. ~ Offbeat: Tabby Thomas Obituary ~ January 1, 2014 © Offbeat

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Ernest ‘Rockin’ Tabby’ Thomas, a swamp-blues performer, recording artist and founder of what for decades was the home of the blues in Baton Rouge, Tabby’s Blues Box and Heritage Hall, died before dawn Wednesday morning, days before his 85th birthday. […] “All those guys, they didn’t have anywhere to play,” Thomas told The Advocate in 1999. “They played little cafés. People didn't pay to go see them, didn't care nothing about them. But those guys had records out all over the world. They didn't get the money for the records they made, but they kept the blues alive, plus they ignited the people overseas to know about Baton Rouge.” The Blues Box also became an informal blues school for aspiring young performers such as Houma's Tab Benoit and Baton Rouge's Kenny Neal and Larry Garner. In addition to being a club owner, Thomas made many recordings. He was among the Louisiana blues artists who recorded at J.D. Miller's studio in Crowley, a regional hot spot where Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim and Katie Webster cut their future classics.; ~ The Advocate: Tabby Thomas Obituary ~ January 5, 2014 © The Advocate



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