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SMBS Membership Drive with Brandon Santini

Brandon Santini is helping kick-off our 2019 membership drive. 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 include James Cotton...
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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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Alive After Five with the Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling

Chicago guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nick Moss is a bona fide bluesman down to his soul, a 30-year veteran of gigging in Chicago’s rough and tumble West and South side blues clubs under the tutelage of some of the city’s greatest blues luminaries. Blues Revue says, “Nick Moss is at the top of the blues world…ambitious and intense…He can play traditional blues with the best.” New Jersey’s Den...
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Alive After Five with Cheryl Renee and Wendel Werner

When Cheryl Renée and Wendel Werner got together again to perform at AA5 last February, they picked up right where they left off back in 2002 when they performed one of the wildest shows in AA5 history. Back then, Cheryl was living in Knoxville and known as Knoxville’s most uppity Blueswoman, combining an acrobatically soulful voice with her equally amazing prowess on the piano. Not long after tha...
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Alive After Five with the Wallace Coleman Band

A native of Morristown, TN, Wallace Coleman was captivated by blues music as a young boy listening to Nashville’s WLAC on the radio.  He left Tennessee to find work in Cleveland, Ohio, and was playing harmonica in Guitar Slim’s band when he caught the ear of Robert Lockwood, Jr., stepson of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. He played in Lockwood’s band for ten years and performed on the Grammy-no...
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