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Blues Cruise No. 5: Austin Walkin’ Cane

August 23, 2020

Austin Walkin’ Cane is a blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitar impressario who performs across acoustic, solo, duo and electric band mediums. He has toured Australia, Colombia, Nepal, France, Germany, England, and Wales. He has also crossed the United States, perhaps most notably from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar and suitcase in hand.

Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation he had since birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out, “Hey Walkin’ Cane, got some spare change for a brother?!” Austin subsequently took the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger and without need of a cane.

Austin Walkin’ Cane’s most-recent work, “One Heart Walkin,'” was nominated for Best New Artist Album by the The Blues Foundation as part of its 36th annual Blues Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the one of the highest accolades afforded blues music performers.

“One Heart Walkin'” is the latest incarnation of Walkin’ Cane’s synthesis of original compositions with roots music cultures, combining and transcending the troubadour traditions of Delta blues, Memphis blues, Chicago blues, and Bourbon Street jazz.”

AWC original songs are co-written by Austin with collaborator, guitarist, and grade-school friend, Chris Allen. The albums of Allen/Charanghat originals have come to life with the help of legendary producer and bassist Don Dixon.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society promotes seven blues cruises every year from April to October. The Star of Knoxville Riverboat is an authentic paddle-wheeler United States Coast Guard. The main deck is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year-round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available.

If you’ve never been in one of these cruises, you should definitely try to experience one.

Here are the upcoming cruises:
September 20, Mojo Tweed
October 18, Chris O’Leary

Boarding at 3 pm, cruising from 4 pm to 7 pm on the beautiful Tennessee River!

Tickets $16 for members, $20 for non-members, $25.00 day of show.

Call 865-525-7827 for TICKETS or Online at Tennessee Riverboat

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society strives to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and its heritage, and, by so doing, to help foster unity among people of all ages, races, creeds, and economic levels.

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