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SMBS Annual Holiday Party

December 8, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm at the Open Chord This festive event will feature entertainment from our entries to the 2020 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE! Music starts at 4 pm featuring: Few Miles On (Band) Bonfire Blue (Youth Band) Cover charge is $10 to non-members, and to show our Great Appreciation to our members, free admission. All the proceeds benefit the Musician’s Travel...
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Shawn Holt and the Teardrops at Barley’s Maryville

Smoky Mountain Blues Society and Barley's Maryville present Shawn Holt and the Teardrops Shawn Holt, the son of legendary blues icon Magic Slim, is bringing the tradition of authentic soul-searching Chicago Blues to downtown Maryville. The high-energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 y...
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SMBS Presents a Remarkable Double Bill: Two Superb Blues Guitarists, John Salaway and Jake HaldenVang

In keeping with their mission to bring the best of Blues to East Tennessee, the Smoky Mountain Blues Society will offer Blues lovers an exceptional double bill featuring two of the most exciting guitarists on the scene today -- John Salaway and Jake HaldenVang. Each artist brings a remarkable resume, ensuring that this show will be one of the most talked about of the entire year. The concert wi...
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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...
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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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2020 Blues Cruises

  Lineup for the 2020 cruise season. Don't miss it! April 19 Andy T May 17 Peter Karp June 28 Stella Vees July 19 Few Miles On August 23 Austin Walkin' Cane September 20 Mojo Tweed October 18 Chris O'Leary
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2019 Membership Campaign Kickoff

Our annual Membership Campaign Drive will begin on Sunday, February 24 with a great concert featuring the Ghost Town Blues Band at Barley’s in Maryville. Doors open at 3pm and music will begin at 4 pm, until 7 pm. The cost of the show is $7 for Active Members and $10 for non-members. We are so excited and proud to bring this awesome Blues entertainment to East Tennessee! Please consider joining...
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Blues In The Schools News

Blue Barry here. I’ve been pretty busy with the BITS (Blues in the Schools) program since September and schools got cranked up again.  It has been a great pleasure to play with a harmonica student of mine as well.  Fifteen year-old Ben Kreider has been helping me out on harmonica, guitar, mandolin, and genuine love for music. We started out with a couple of shows at Whittle Springs Middle School i...
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