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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: Kara Grainger Band

May 19, 2019 Kara Grainger's music career began in a small suburban town of Sydney Australia and since then has taken her on an incredible journey throughout the globe.  Combining tasteful blues and slide guitar, soulful vocals and a heartfelt approach to songwriting,  Kara's truly unique sound will leave you uplifted, inspired and always wanting more. At the age of 16 Kara joined with her bro...
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Devan Jones & the Uptown Stomp kick off the 2019 Blues Cruise Season

Devan Jones & the Uptown Stomp will be starting the 2019 Blues Cruise season on April 28. Cruise along the Tennessee River (Loudon Lake) and enjoy listening to amazing blues music! Devan Jones brought the Uptown Stomp together as a band in early 2013. The primary sound started as Swangin' Blues, Ragtime and Jazz from the 1930s through the 1950s. While continuing to evolve, Devan Jones &a...
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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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Boz Skaggs – Out of The Blues

June 2018 Every once in a while you hear a magical name reappear and you say “What?  Well all right!  Thank you!”  It just happened when I got a copy of the new Boz Skaggs CD “Out of The Blues,” to review!  Boz Skaggs has been around for five decades now, and so have I, and he’s back and strong as ever, and back into the blues!  I remember when he did “Buddy Can You Loan Me a Dime” way back i...
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Vintage #18 has GRIT!

Here’s one you need to check out.  Vintage # 18’s new CD “GRIT.”  From the International Blues Challenge performance to their first CD, this band rocks!  Vocalist Robbin Kapsalas can kick the blues all over town with ease.  With a strong and powerful voice, she just lays it out there for you.  Born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta she knows how to sing!  Lead guitar player Bill Holter is as good a...
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