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. ~ Tabby Thomas Obituary ~ January 1, 2014 © WBRZ

Rueben Williams, his former manager, posted on Facebook. “He was an inspiration to so many and the reason for a lot of people's start including Tab Benoit, Troy Turner, his son Chris's and many others. He left us with great Louisiana music and unbelievable stories.” ~ WAFB 9 News: Tabby Thomas Obituary ~ January 1, 2014 © WAFB 9 News

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“It was during the time when disco had pretty much dried up all the gigs for south Louisiana blues musicians. They didn't have any place to play. My dad had the idea for it to be like a blues social club, and that's what it became,” said Chris Thomas King, one of Thomas' sons and himself a successful musician, in an interview earlier this year. Tabby's Blues Box quickly became the go-to spot for blues lovers looking for the real deal, old-fashioned blues room. “Just about everybody came through Tabby's,” Thomas said in an October interview. “I had a lot of friends I had met when I was touring all over Europe in places and they start coming by to see me. It made the place famous. Everybody knew Tabby's Blues Box.” ~ NOLA: Tabby Thomas Obituary ~ January 1, 2014 © NOLA

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