Home > Archive by category "News"


SMBS Presents Mississippi Heat at Barley’s Maryville

Led by harmonica master and songwriter Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is “Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound” as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas. MISSISSIPPI HEAT’s name is a reflection of Pierre’s reverence for Mississippi’s blues culture and music. The band’s conviction is that there is no deeper music than Delta-inspir...
Read More

SMBS Presents Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points at Barley’s Maryville

Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Artist and winner of the Windy City Blues Challenge, Liz Mandeville has a powerhouse voice, great songs (original & covers). She's a wiz on guitar & Louisiana Rub-board! Liz has Etta James’ versatility, Tina Turner's showmanship, Bette Midler's vintage look and humor and Aretha's big, soulful alto. Her guitar playing borrows from Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, Li...
Read More

What does the Hart fund do?

The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with se...
Read More

SMBS Competition for 2020 IBCs

BLUES MUSICIANS COMPETE FOR CHANCE TO HIT BEALE STREET! THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLUES SOCIETY, as an official Affiliate organization of The Blues Foundation, proudly invites the music loving public to its annual presentation of the East Tennessee Regional portion of the 36th  International Blues Challenge (IBC).  The event will begin at 4 pm at the Open Chord on Sunday, August 11. Applications ar...
Read More

Membership Campaign Update

All people who joined the SMBS as new members from February 24 up to March 24 and did not receive your meal ticket from Penn Station please see Tom Hurwitz at the t-shirt table at the break on Sunday's free member show with Brandon Santini at Barleys in Maryville. Tom will call the new members who were not at the show starting on Monday. Reminder that this is a free show for members. Non-member...
Read More

MusicFest at West End

  Don't miss this FREE blues extravaganza featuring five top local bands. There'll be lot of eats, drinks, and other summer festival goodies. West End Shopping Center Saturday July 13 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 155 Westend Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934 The line up includes: • Barry Faust and Ben Kreider - 3:00 • Rey Pineda and Natalie Rogers - 4:00 • Mighty Blue - 5:00 •...
Read More

Entertaining at veterans home rewarding to harmonica player

Last week, my friend and bandmate, Rey Pineda, called and asked if I would join him in entertaining the patients at the Ben Atchley State Veterans Home. I readily accepted the invitation and was really excited about going. Rey decided that we would treat them to an evening of traditional blues. As a harmonica player, I couldn’t have agreed more. This was my first visit to the home so I didn...
Read More

Barry’s Corner Blues CD Review

Blue Barry Faust is a charter member of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society. He has been performing in Knoxville for more than 20 years. A former member of The Bluesblasters, and The Delta Souls, and currently playing with Terraplane Blues, Barry is a blues scholar that no one can rebuff. He's truly a bonafide bluemeister. Read all about what he has to offer in his CD review columns. LATEST REVIEW...
Read More

LUCKY JOHNNY and his GUITAR! Raffle winner is one happy blueser!

Grand Prize Winner of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s Custom-built Autographed Guitar Is the Ideal Recipient Veteran Deejay Johnny Mack Announced as Raffle Winner The look of surprise and astonishment on Johnny Mack’s face said it all. With his mouth agape, the look of astonishment was clear to all who watched as his name was announced. Then again, what could be more appropriate than ...
Read More