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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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SMBS Presents Brandon Santini

Brandon Santini is closing out the 2019 membership drive - all members get in free! There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that...
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SOLD OUT – Coco Montoya & Tinsley Ellis

Blues Rock Titans Coco Montoya and Tinsley Ellis appearing at the Open Chord The old Willie Dixon adage, "blues is truth," perfectly describes the searing, contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Taught by the "Master of the Telecaster," Albert Collins, but with a hard-edged sound and style all his own, Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and ...
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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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Sara Jordan Birthday Bash

Annual fundraiser celebrating the life and musical contributions of much beloved BLUES DIVA, Sara Jordan. Bands donate their talents for a great cause! Before her untimely death in May 2001, Sara Jordan was known as Knoxville’s “Queen of the Blues”. With a big earthy voice and the stage presence to go with it, she lived and breathed the Blues. She performed in several bands – The Delta Flyers, ...
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2018 BLUES CRUISE NO. 7: PETER KARP

SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, on the STAR OF KNOXVILLE RIVERBOAT!  YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THE FINAL 2018 BLUES CRUISE! “Peter Karp is a star. From his muscular slide guitar soloing to his observational and oh-so-true songwriting, and, most of all, that soulful expressive voice of his, dripping with innuendo. Dude’s entertaining as hell.” Goldmine Magazine Accolades aside, Karp is a storyteller who als...
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