TYRON BENOIT BAND
From bawdy, hard-driving music, frequently punctuated by the distinct Louisiana stamp of dance-floor packing accordion… to tender songs about loss and life with the purr of an acoustic guitar
Tyron hails from Houma, Louisiana, where music and culture are plentiful.
"Growing up around the house, I remember hearing a lot of classic country: George Jones, Hank Williams (Sr. and Jr.), Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Ernest Tubb. Going to my grandpa's house is where the Cajun and Folk influences came from. He was a fantastic fiddle and harmonica player. But when we left the house, it was Led Zeppelin, Toto, and Steely Dan. Everybody was into classic rock, and it was good!"
Tyron had other obligations before focusing on music in his adult life - including a combat tour as a US Marine in Operation Desert Storm. Serving the country put distance between Tyron and a career in show business, but once he returned home, he moved to New York City to study acting. It was in his small West Village apartment where the idea of playing music was planted.
He began writing and playing songs over a speakerphone with his
brother Tate, who was living in Colorado. The two wrote a set of
originals, and Tyron eventually moved to Colorado to join him. The pair began playing locally, becoming a hometown favorite, performing regularly at Herman's Hideaway. It wasn't long until Tyron on guitar, Tate on bass, and a revolving door of drummers named themselves "Too Fish" and headed out on the road, playing blues and rock clubs throughout the Midwest and Rockies.
Tyron returned to New Orleans, Louisiana in
2003, two years before one of the biggest
natural disasters in American history came
roaring ashore... Tyron got involved in the
rebuilding of a city ravaged by Hurricane
Katrina, with many neighborhoods without
power for weeks on end due to the flooding
damage. And during this season of heavy
work, the conversation on the job sites often
turned to music. Using generators to power
amps and guitars - in unfinished houses and
buildings, Tyron began holding jam sessions with other contractors. They even called themselves the Bywater Rock Group. It only grew from there...
"When I moved back to New Orleans, I really began to branch out musically, still fueled by that searching. I put myself in situations where I would learn or grow from it. I was super thirsty for exploring beyond the boundaries of what we had played on the road. I started playing with many other musicians and bands: reggae, funk, rock... whatever and wherever I could grab a bite of something, I was trying to get a taste. I even had an opportunity to lead a band for Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. He is a true legend, and I knew I was now part of New Orleans musical history."
Tyron is firmly at home now, with a growing list of gigs, venues, and festivals where he can be seen and heard. He has released the album, "Waiting on Friday," in May of 2022 and has just finished up his next album with some of the best studio masters in the business. Since the beginning of 2023, Tyron and the band have played the French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, One Square Mile Music Festival in Texas, Sunbanks Music Festival in Washington State, the Silver City Blues Festival in New Mexico, and a wide array of other dates and locations... The response - from the sound crews, to the talent buyers and festival organizers, to the crowds - has been overwhelming!
"At his best, Benoit works the territory of vintage Zachary Richard or Wayne Toups: hard-driving, arena-ready rock that keeps the Louisiana elements up front"
"Tyron Benoit’s music is just as diverse as Cajun culture. When you listen to the band’s music, there’s a dash of Zydeco, a pinch of rock, and a sprinkle of Americano. It’s culture that drives his passion, and as they say, there is no place like home."
THE HOUMA TIMES
"Rouse’s, the Gulf Coast’s largest independent supermarket chain, will launch their new 2021 Holiday campaign for TV and radio featuring Benoit’s original song, “Feels Like Home.”
AMERICAN BLUES SCENE