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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