Date(s) - April 7, 2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tennessee Riverboat Company
300 Neyland Dr
2024 SUNDAY BLUES CRUISES
KNOXVILLE RIVERBOAT COMPANY
The Smoky Mountain Blues Society will once again present live music with its first River Cruise of 2024. The inaugural performance will feature the Corey Dennison Band on the Tennessee Riverboat on Sunday, April 7th at 4 pm – 7 pm.
Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, (tnriverboat.com) and by calling (865) 525-7827. Tickets are just $20 for members in advance and $25 for non-members. SMBS Members should call to claim their discount (865) 525-7827. Members will be receiving discount code by email.
Boarding begins at 3:15 pm.
Corey Dennison BIO
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Corey Dennison spent a majority of his childhood moving about Tennessee and Georgia. As a young boy, Corey heard the powerful, soulful sounds of the Blues on late night radio programs and recalls being captivated by the music. He received his first guitar at the age of 6 and began to imitate the music of artists such as Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins and Albert King. Corey immediately felt a strong connection to Soul music. “I just loved the way Soul music made me feel from my head to my toes. I remember humming along to songs from Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield & Sam Cooke.” This marked a lasting impression on his musical style and is clearly visible today in his soulful vocals and fiery guitar solos.
Corey found his musical calling while hanging out with his harp playing uncle. “My Uncle snuck me into clubs where I saw some of the greatest Blues cats of all-time, Albert King, Albert Collins and Junior Wells. This is where it became clear to me; I wanted to be a Blues Man.” He spent 12 years honing his skills as a sideman for Carl Weathersby, a mentor beyond the music: ” Pop has really showed me the real me and have helped me in a lot of ways. Showed me what to do what not to do. I wouldn’t know anything if it was not for Carl and my brothers-in-arms.” Playing with Weathersby blessed Corey with opportunities to share the stage with such musical greats as The Kinsey Report, Robert Blaine, Chico Banks, The Steepwater Band, Jimmy Johnson, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks And John Mayer, Gerry Hundt, Nick Moss, Lurrie Bell, Carlos Johnson, Bill Dickens, and Buddy Guy.
Long-awaited by loyal fans, The Corey Dennison Blues Band debuted in Chicago in early 2013, storming the stages of Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s, and Leroy’s Hot Stuff. In late 2013, Corey’s always entertaining stage presence prompted the release of “Live in Chicago,” a thrilling document of a typical night in a Windy City blues club. The album left little doubt that the Blues had found its premier young lion in Corey Dennison. After spending much of 2015 storming both sides of the Atlantic with harmonica master Sugar Blue, Corey is back in Chicago and The Corey Dennison Band is now part of the legendary Delmark Records family. Look for the studio debut early in 2016!
Critics and radio polls responded favorably as the album garnered glowing reviews and constant worldwide airplay, netting chart positions on the Roots Music and Living Blues Radio Reports. Nominations followed suit, with a nod for Best Emerging Artist from the Blues Music Awards, a pair from Blues Blast Magazine, and Grammy balloting. The strength of the band’s repertoire is matched only by the charisma of the stage show; it’s not uncommon to see Corey belting out the blues, unamplified, in the heart of the audience while the band steps in time to the groove. It’s not novelty for these musicians and entertainers, however, it’s exactly where they want to be!
Check out one of Corey Dennison’s Live Videos here:
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