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SMBS Announces 2020 Riverboat Cruise Schedule

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 bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the must elegant dinner and ent...
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Blues Cruise No. 7: Chris O’Leary

October 18, 2020 Don't miss the last Blues Cruise of the season, featuring Chris O'Leary! Chris’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. During the six years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris ha...
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Blues Cruise No. 4: Few Miles On

July 19, 2020 Few Miles On is a self-described "Southern Blues Groove" band made up of veteran musicians with different backgrounds from Detroit, Chicago and Nashville with one thing in common: they are all from blue collar, working class families. Drawing from that shared life experience they found a recipe to blend it into a musical style like no other band. Two words: Power Trio. Their origina...
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Blues Cruise No. 5: Austin Walkin’ Cane

August 23, 2020 Austin Walkin' Cane is a blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitar impressario who performs across acoustic, solo, duo and electric band mediums. He has toured Australia, Colombia, Nepal, France, Germany, England, and Wales. He has also crossed the United States, perhaps most notably from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar and suitcase in hand. Austin ...
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Blues Cruise No. 6: Mojo Tweed

September 20, 2020 Come hang out with us and this awesome band playing some New Orleans Funk! These guys are a blast to watch and the music is awesome. It's one big jam session whenever they play! MOJO TWEED came together from a group of friends who like playing a variety of blues, funk and R&B . The name came from their desire to play through small tweed tube amps and to evoke Mojo or Voo...
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Blues Cruise No. 3: Stella Vees

June 28, 2020 The Stella-Vees Blues Band plays Chicago and West Coast style blues reflecting influences of legendary blues musicians like T-Bone Walker, Hollywood Fats, Magic Sam and Little Walter.  If you like straight ahead, no effects pedal Blues, you have come to the right place. Winners of two of Kentuckiana's Blues Society’s “Best Unsigned Blues Band Competition” in Louisville, KY, The S...
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Blues Cruise No. 2: Peter Karp

May 17, 2020 Accolades aside, Peter Karp is a storyteller who also happens to be an assertive singer, an insightful songwriter, a spellbinding performer, and a searing slide guitarist. Fortunately, those distinctions aren’t mutually exclusive. Nor is it a contradiction to call Karp both a master of the blues and an Americana aficionado. In Karp’s case, all these threads are bound tightly together...
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Blues Cruise No. 1: Andy T Band

The first Blues Cruise of the season will be on April 19th with the Andy T Band! The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike is a potent blend of blues talent. The group pairs veteran Nashville guitarist Andy Talamantez and tenor vocalist Alabama Mike Benjamin with some of the best musical talent in Nashville. “Alabama Mike” Benjamin made his recording debut with the Andy T Band on the group’s fo...
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Previous Shows of 2018 Blues Cruises

The James Armstrong Band started the 2018 Blues Cruises series on May 20. More than 130 guests cruised along the Tennessee River (Loudon Lake), enjoyed listening to the amazing blues music and danced vigorously for 3 hours. It was a great time to relax and breathe the fresh lake air and enjoy the company of likeminded blues aficionados. This is an event where you can mingle with some of the bes...
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