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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 fourth album, Double StrikeDouble Strike features Benjamin singing half of the songs and Nick Nixon singing the other half. Double Strike presents the Andy T Band at its best, before and after Nixon left the group in 2016 due to health issues.

Talamantez, a Los Angeles native who moved to Nashville in 2008, has been a gigging musician since his teens. After performing part time while he worked in the aerospace industry for 23 years, Talamantez took the full-time music plunge in 1997. His first seven years of touring musician included two years with Smokey Wilson and five years with Guitar Shorty. He toured internationally with other major blues acts.

Band Members:
“Andy T” Talamantez – Guitar/Bandleader
“Alabama Mike” Benjamin-Vocals/Harmonica“Alabama Mike” Benjamin-Vocals/Harmonica
Doug Swanson – Bass
Jim Klingler – Drums

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society promotes seven blues cruises every year from April to October. The Star of Knoxville Riverboat is an authentic paddle-wheeler United States Coast Guard. The main deck is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year-round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available.

If you’ve never been in one of these cruises, you should definitely try to experience one.

Here are the upcoming cruises:
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

Boarding at 3 pm, cruising from 4 pm to 7 pm on the beautiful Tennessee River!

Tickets $16 for members, $20 for non-members, $25.00 day of show.

Call 865-525-7827 for TICKETS or Online at Tennessee Riverboat

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society strives to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and its heritage, and, by so doing, to help foster unity among people of all ages, races, creeds, and economic levels.

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  1. Rec’d invite to Mar 24 Brandon Santini member appreciation event. It was also asking that Dan Dulik and I renew our membership. Tried getting name of membership chair but seems no board members listed on website.
    Dan and I attended the Royal Oaks event supporting bands going to blues competition. We learned at that time that our membership had expired. We paid to renew that day and gave donation to enter. You are welcome to call me at 865-776-2611

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