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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: 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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