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Billy Gibbons – The Big Bad Blues

August 2018 Oh my lands did summer ever get better!  Well, on its way is the new Billy Gibbons solo CD “The Big Bad Blues.”  If you don’t know who Billy Gibbons is, just stop reading right now.  Or better yet, hang in there and find out!  Billy is the guitarist for ZZ Top, and vocalist, for this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band!  They have toured the world, I mean planet earth, and are certainly k...
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Red White and Blues Jam at West End

For your July Fourth weekend, don't miss this blues extravaganza featuring 6 top local bands. There'll be lot of eats, drinks, and other summer festival goodies. West End Shopping Center Saturday at 3 PM - 10 p.m. 11215 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934 The line up includes: • Terraplane Drifters • Doug & Mike • Luke Pennington Trio • Smokin' Section • Mighty Blue • Mys...
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Tom Hambridge – The NOLA Sessions

June 2018 Well summer rolls on and the hits just keep coming!  Tom Hambridge’s new CD, ” The NOLA Sessions,” will be out soon, and he just turned the summer heat way up!  This CD features thirteen original tunes by Tom, and features some outlandish guests setting in!  The NOLA Sessions, New Orleans, Louisiana that is, is phenomenal!  Tom sings with that beautiful sticky tenor voice that never...
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Peter V Blues Train – Running Out of Time

May 2018 The Peter V Blues Train is on the tracks and you better look out! Their new CD “Running Out of Time” is out, and with eleven cuts they lay down the law! Peter Veteska, aka Peter V, started playing guitar when he scored one out of a pawnshop at age 12! Hailing from Jamaica Queens, he has an awesome four-piece band that blasts on down the tracks. He played his first gig at age fifteen. Got...
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Ilya Portnov – Strong Brew

January 2018 Ilya Portnov – “Strong Brew” CD is a clinic on what can be done on a 10-hole diatonic, and chromatic harmonicas. Tons of other stuff in there too, that I can’t really think of! Ilya grew up in Russia, lived in Brazil, and is now playing blues, and everything under the sun, in the good ole USA. This is a nine-cut debut album containing seven originals. One of the covers is a Reverend ...
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2017 IBC #33 (compilation) CD November, 2017

Here is a glorious compilation of blues from this years International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee.  This is a pairing between The Blues Foundation and Frank Roszak Productions.  You can get this at www.blues.org and it’s called “International Blues Challenge #33 CD.”  This is the 33rd year they have had this worldwide competition, and presented here are 14 of the very top contenders!  ...
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LUCKY JOHNNY and his GUITAR! Raffle winner is one happy blueser!

Grand Prize Winner of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s Custom-built Autographed Guitar Is the Ideal Recipient Veteran Deejay Johnny Mack Announced as Raffle Winner The look of surprise and astonishment on Johnny Mack’s face said it all. With his mouth agape, the look of astonishment was clear to all who watched as his name was announced. Then again, what could be more appropriate than ...
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2017 SMBS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY!

You are cordially invited to the Smoky Mountain Blues Society's Annual Christmas Party & Potluck.  This year we will be hosted by the ROYAL OAK EVENTS CENTER at the Royal Oaks Golf Course in Maryville!  Royal Oaks Golf Course & Event Center 4411 Legends Way, Maryville, Tennessee 37801 This festive event will feature entertainment from our 2018 entries to the INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALL...
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61 Ghosts – To The Edge

October 2017 I've had the great pleasure of listening to an outstanding three-piece rock/blues/ delta band called 61  Ghosts!  Their new album . . . "To The Edge,” is definitely to the edge, and in fact over it!  Featuring Joe Mazzari on vocals and guitar, Dixie Deadwood on drums, percussion, backup vocals and J.D. Sipe on bass they rock!  All music and lyrics were written by Joe and he sings the...
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Popa Chubby “Two Dogs”

October 2017 If you know Popa Chubby you know hard-driving blues and rock.  Wide open, foot on the gas.  This new album “Two Dogs,” Popa really stretches out.  With twelve cuts, all made from his home in New York, Popa brings everything from boogie music to the Rolling Stones, right back to Two Dogs!  Ace long-time friend and drummer Dave Keyes shines like the sun!  Popas’  daughter, Tipitina, pl...
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