Other SMBS Program Postponements or Cancellations May Follow.
Murray Kinsley has announced that he’s been forced to cancel his concert which was originally scheduled to take place on April 12 at Bluetick Tavern in Maryville at the conclusion of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s 2020 membership drive. The artist’s decision was made out of an abundance of caution in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Regarding this year’s Blues Cruises, the Smoky Mountain Blues Society board of directors will be monitoring the changing situation and will notify of any shows that have been postponed or cancelled as soon as a change in schedule occurs. Our first Blues Cruise on April 19 has been cancelled and we will see if another date can be scheduled.
All Blues Society members and media representatives will be notified once a final decision is reached.
“Like others in our community and around our nation, we are feeling the effect of this terrible virus that has upended life as normal. This was a difficult decision,” said Smoky Mountain
Blues Society president Don Linde. “We realize that these are difficult decisions that are being made by artists and organizations. We have always believed that music was the surest antidote to get us all through tough times and personal difficulties. This is no different, but indeed, it is a situation that none of us have ever faced before. However, we are confident that once this crisis passes — and it will — that we will once again be able to join together and celebrate the music, the fellowship and the life we have come to know and appreciate here in East Tennessee.”
Linde then added this: “In the meantime, please accept our sincerest wishes for maintaining your well-being and that of your family and your friends. Stay strong and care for one another. We will be back in touch very soon.”