Note from the President

Hello Blues Lovers!

I know everyone has seen our recent 2021 music schedule, and I’m so excited that live music will be part of our lives again! I especially can’t wait to get on the river for our Blues Cruise series, our first show at Ijams Nature Center this summer, and our Membership shows at Bluetick Tavern, which are always fun events!

I want to focus on our T-shirt contest for a moment. If you are an artist, or knows an artist, this is a fun and perfect way to get your artwork to the public, and help the Blues Society at the same time. The deadline for entries is June 4.  Let’s see your best artwork East Tennessee! See the details on FaceBook or our website!

In closing, I’d like to say let’s never take each other for  granted, and cherish the good times that live music can bring us together in love and happiness! Peace!

Michael James, President

Smoky Mountain Blues Society

T-shirt Design Contest


The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. We want to update our T-shirts to celebrate and we would like to invite you to help us by entering our 25th Anniversary T-shirt Design Contest.


One year free SMBS membership

2 tickets to a Blues cruise

2 Penn Station meal tickets

2 free t-shirts using your design


—The design must be the entrant’s original work.

—The design should emphasize the 25th anniversary of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society.

—Entrants must fill out this form (see below) and e-mail it to Alternatively, entries may be sent by mail to Marilyn Finley, P.O. Box 7219, Maryville, TN 37802. All entries must be received by 6 pm on June 4, 2021.

—Entrants may submit more than one design, but each design must be e-mailed or mailed individually with a separate completed contest form. The Board of Directors will select the winning design as soon as possible after June 4 and the winner will be contacted. For questions, you may email Tom Hurwitz at


All submissions must be created solely for the SMBS and must be the artist’s original work. By submitting a design or drawing to this contest you transfer an irrevocable license to the SMBS to use the winning design including rights to reproduce the design in any manner or media, modify the design, display the design in any manner on t-shirts, mugs, any and all promotional or other materials including electronic media. You agree that no further payment of any type is due to the artist for any reason. SMBS does not transfer any rights to its name or existing logos to any artist contestant except for the purposes of entering this contest, except that Smoky Mountain Blues Society grants the artists the right to include their designs in their portfolios as a sample of their work, but for no other purposes. If no winning design is submitted, the SMBS is not obligated to award a prize.


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Click Here for entrance form.

Hart Fund

The Blues Foundation preserves blues heritage, celebrates blues recording and performance, expands worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensures the future of this uniquely American art form.
The Blues Foundation is honored to present this virtual benefit for the
HART Fund hosted by Dr. Janice Johnston and Dr. Kathy Bolmer.

Tune in this Saturday for a virtual HART Fund benefit featuring an
amazing lineup of blues artists!

Saturday, February 13th
8:00pm – 9:30pm EST
Streaming on The Blues Foundation’s Facebook and YouTube

Click the logo to be directed to the page    

The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund provides financial assistance to blues musicians and their families in need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney, and liver testing via blood work.

The Blues Foundation strives to help blues artists stay healthy during this stressful time. You can make a donation to the HART Fund by clicking the button below.   Donate to the HART Fund
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Smoky Mountain Blues Society Presents


Free Online Streaming Event

Click here to see the show.

On Sunday, November 22, at 4 PM The Smoky Mountain Blues Society and Open Chord will present our second online event. It will feature two very special East Tennessee blues bands: Mojo Tweed and Dirty Doug and Jonny.

Mojo Tweed was founded by a group of friends who had a mutual appreciation for a variety of blues, funk and R&B. The name was derived from a desire to play their instruments through small tweed tube amps and to evoke a sense of Mojo or Voodoo. The majority of its members have been playing music together for 20 plus years in a variety of bands and several different settings. They favor sounds with a classic New Orleans vibe and blend their own original songs with classic tracks by Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. It’s music made to be enjoyed when accompanied by good friends and good food in a casual setting. Suffice it to say that their approach takes its cue from a New Orleans slogan that refers to “Social Aid and Pleasure Club,” and indeed, that’s the feeling that Mojo Tweed are out to replicate. The band includes: Steve Michel on guitar, Bill Johnson on guitar, Nicole Robinette on piano, John Mahaffy on bass, Danny Michel on drums, and Paul McQuade on harp.  Mojo Tweed’s FaceBook page is:

Dirty Doug & Jonny is a musical project based in Knoxville, Tennessee. The core of the group consists of “Dirty Doug” Harris on vocals and harmonica, along with Jon “Jonny” Mason on guitar.  Backing up DD & J will be Bobby Brown on drums, Mark Caldwell on keys and David Yocom on bass. The music they perform is reminiscent of old rough cut country blues, but electrified courtesy of a rhythm section and full band accompaniment. It’s a sound that translates into dirty, funky, blues rock with extended jams. Drawing from a variety of influences including Howlin’ Wolf, Gov’t Mule, Tom Waits, and Albert King, their songs reflect Harris and Mason’s dark and twisted sense of humor, seeped in the two’s old school southern musical background. Currently, Dirty Doug & Jonny are in the studio working on an EP set to be released in late 2020. They plan to follow that with a full-length album in spring of 2021. Stay tuned!  Dirty Doug and Jonny’s Facebook page is:

Details on how to view this event will be posted the morning of the event on the Open Chord website.  This event will be available on both Open Chord’s Facebook page and YouTube.

Due to Covid concerns, no one other than the bands and their support teams will be admitted to the venue.  The event is free but tips will be gratefully accepted with a live link during the performance.

Thanks again for helping keep the Blues alive in East Tennessee!

Alisa B. Cherry

SMBS Publicity manager