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 will take place on Sunday, September 15th at the Open Chord / All Things Music, 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Doors open at 3:00 pm, with music from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Tickets cost $10 for members and $15 for non-members. (Members of the SMBS will receive a code by MailChimp to use for their discounted tickets.)
John Salaway is a nationally endorsed multi instrumentalist, published songwriter and producer who performs and records in many styles and with any number of exceptional artists — among them, Peter Frampton, Guitar Shorty, Anderson East, Whitey Johnson, Scott Holt (Buddy Guy band leader), Nick Nixon, Markey Blue, and Denny Laine (Moody Blues). He’s been a key figure in the Nashville blues scene for several years. In addition, for the past five years, he’s had a weekly Friday residency at B.B. King’s Club for five years and has opened up for former members of the B.B. King’s band.
Salaway’s latest single, “A Little Bit Broken,” was released by Sony Music this past spring, and has garnered extensive international airplay. See it here: https://youtu.be/5Vr-eH6SHNM
A 2019, IBC Semi-Finalist, 24 year-old Jake HaldenVang is a naturally gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter who possesses a deep passion for Roots, Blues, Soul, and R&B. Early on, he was drawn to the powerful guitar sounds of Hendrix, Clapton, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, AC/DC, SRV, Slash, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Billy Gibbons, Rory Gallagher and Albert Collins. He began teaching himself to play acoustic guitar, before buying his first Fender Stratocaster at the age of 12. He quickly developed a natural feel, as well as the passion and abilities of a seasoned player well beyond his years.
Locally recognized at age 13, Jake was chosen to represent Charlotte, North Carolina at the 2009 International Blues Challenge in the IBC Youth Showcase. He subsequently fronted two different bands, “Jake HaldenVang Band”, a four piece ensemble, and his power trio “Halden Vang.” Both have played hundreds of performances at clubs, theatres and festivals throughout the Southeastern U.S. while sharing stages with Warren Haynes, Greg Allman, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Leon Russell, Elvin Bishop, Jimmie Vaughan, Kevn Kinney/Drivin N’ Cryin, Trombone Shorty, Moreland & Arbuckle, The Holmes Brothers and Tommy Castro and many more. In addition, he’s also played as a guest guitarist with Buddy Guy, Marshall Tucker, Chris Hicks, Walter Trout, Umphreys McGee and Bryan Lee. Watch him here https://youtu.be/F-SN6IShGvg
At age 16, HaldenVang was nominated and then awarded “Artist of the Year” by the Queen City Music Awards, while his band Halden Vang also received a nomination for 2011’s “Band of the Year” by the Charlotte Music Awards. In addition to being a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he is a multi-instrumentalist who also plays bass and drums. He’s also an accomplished acoustic musician who performs as a solo artist when not fronting his individual bands.
For more information on Jake HaldenVang, go to: http://brotherhoodoftheguitar.com
For more information on John Salaway, go to Johnsalaway.com