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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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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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JOIN US Sunday September 30, for the 4-7 pm Cruise on the Tennessee River!  Nobody sleeps when Albert Castiglia is in town! After 27 years of house-rocking studio albums and smack-in-the-mouth live shows, the Florida band leader is the acknowledged master of blues guitar and gives it to you straight. Castiglia hit the international radar when Junior Wells invited him into his band for several worl...
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Mighty Blue is 2018 Blues Cruise No. 2 on June 24

JOIN US Sunday June 24, for the 4-7pm Cruise on the Tennessee River!  Enjoy a 3 hour cruise on the Tennessee River with this great group of musicians.  Boarding begins at 3pm sharp. Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, (http://tnriverboat.com/blues-cruises-2/) and by calling (865) 525-7827.  Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door.  Smoky Mountain Bl...
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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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