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Blues Cruise No. 3: Bridget Kelly Band

June 30, 2019

The Bridget Kelly Band has been inspired by classic & electric blues, they have placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The powerful and sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines classic urban blues with riff-driven rockin’ blues guitar; held together by a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Tim Mulberry on drums and Mark Armbrecht on bass. The Bridget Kelly Band (BKB) has been performing at clubs, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States, and performed at the “Women in Blues” Showcase in Memphis during the 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC). BKB is excited to announce the release of their newest CD “Blues Warrior (2018)…an album that tackles tough subject matter ranging from homelessness and domestic violence to human trafficking and drug addiction. The Bridget Kelly Band is also excited to announce the addition of their newest band member and former tour drummer for the Black-Eyed Peas — Mr. Tim Mulberry.  Plans are in the works for a new album to be released in 2019.

As IBC Semi-Finalist in 2015 and 2016, the group continues to gain serious media attention. The Bridget Kelly Band recently ranked #3 in a “Women in Music” poll sponsored by Blues-E-News magazine in the summer of 2015. The band’s last two albums climbed to #1 on the RMR Electric Blues Album Chart. In 2016, their “Outta the Blues” CD spent 6 weeks at #1 and was the #4 Electric Blues Album of the year in 2016.  In 2017, the group’s “Bone Rattler” CD was #1 for 24 weeks on the RMR Electric Blues Album chart (June through December); and made the prestigious Living Blues Radio Chart in June of 2017.  The band’s music has received regular airplay on Sirius-XM radio (B.B. King’s Bluesville) and syndicated blues radio shows around the globe.

Bone Rattler was the group’s 4th album (released on Alpha Sun Records in May of 2017) — an eclectic 2-disk, 22 all-original song CD, covering a wide spectrum of Electric Blues and Blues-Rock styles.  The Bridget Kelly Band had a blast on their 2017 tour to promote the new album “Blues Warrior” (2018), which climbed to #1 on the RMR State of Florida music chart and #3 on the RMR “Blues Rock” album chart in June of 2019. The Bridget Kelly Band wowed audiences in the clubs and concert settings across the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Alabama. The band received standing ovations at Buddy Guy’s Legends, Northwood Blues Festival and the Nickel Plate District Blues Festival for their killer live sets that rocked capacity crowds. The Bridget Kelly Band is currently recording tracks for an album that will be released in the Spring of 2019.

  • International Blues Competition IBC Semi-Finalists (2015, 2016)
  • Ranked #3 “Women in Music” poll Blues-E-News magazine (July 2015)
  • #1 charting RMR “Electric Blues” Album in 2016 (Outta the Blues CD) — 6 weeks at #1
  • Outta the Blues was the #4 Electric Blues Album of the year in 2016
  • #1 charting RMR “Electric Blues” Album in 2017 (Bone Rattler CD) — 22 weeks at #1
  • Living Blues Radio Chart (June, 2017), with airplay on Sirius-XM radio, B.B. King’s Bluesville and syndicated blues radio shows around the globe

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society promotes seven blues cruises every year from April to October. The Star of Knoxville Riverboat is an authentic paddle-wheeler United States Coast Guard. The main deck is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year-round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available.

If you’ve never been in one of these cruises, you should definitely try to experience one.

Here are the upcoming cruises:
July 21, Mojo Tweed
August 18, DieDra and The Ruff Pro Band
September 22, Jonny Monster Band and Filibilly
October 20, Mighty Blue

Boarding at 3 pm, cruising from 4 pm to 7 pm on the beautiful Tennessee River!

Tickets $16 for members, $20 for non-members, $25.00 day of show.

Call 865-525-7827 for TICKETS or Online at Tennessee Riverboat

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society strives to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and its heritage, and, by so doing, to help foster unity among people of all ages, races, creeds, and economic levels.

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