Baton Rouge bluesman Thomas passes

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Tabby Thomas

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana blues guitarist Tabby Thomas, father of Chris Thomas King and owner of Tabby’s Blues Box, a legendary home of blues music, died New Years Day, just shy of his 85th birthday.

Thomas was the inspiration for many young Louisiana blues men, including his son, Tab Benoit, Troy Turner, and more.

Born Earnest Joseph Thomas on Jan. 5 1929, the young “T-Boo” boy raised on his mother’s Victrola records and in his father’s Baptist church became “Tabby” in high school while playing quarterback on McKinley High’s football team.

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.