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Date(s) - January 15, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bluetick Tavern
128 W Broadway Ave
Maryville, TN
United States

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society



at Bluetick Tavern, Maryville TN

On Sunday, January 15th, the Smoky Mountain Blues Society and Bluetick Tavern will be pleased to present Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames! This is a killer veteran all-star, real deal Chicago blues band at its house rockin’ best, led by the Hound Dog Taylor and J. B. Hutto influenced guitarist, Dave Weld.

Winner of the 2001 Chicago Blues Competition, Finalist of The International Blues Competition, Blues Blast nomination for Best Rock Blues Album, RAMI Winner for Best Blues Band!

Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames, an authentic blues band, high energy with versatile talent, variety, and a cohesive show that includes original driving blues, rock blues, boogie, R&B and Soul. The originals are classic in nature, the standards are revitalized with striking three-part vocal harmony, three vocal stylists, Passionate slide guitarist, Dave Weld schooled from Grammy Winning Master J.B. Hutto, along with blues diva and two time Rami winner Mona Rose (Monica Myhre) on Lead Vocals, a Rock Tight Rhythm Section Jeff Taylor on Drums and Blazing on Bass, Ron Simmons.

Born in Chicago in 1952, Dave Weld was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78’s. In high school the Stones, Clapton and Mayall first came out but Dave traded those records for Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, and BB King.  After high school Weld moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter, Grant Green and others in the New York jazz scene. Also he drove to Nevada and met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown.

Weld bought Hound Dog Taylor’s first Alligator album, heard Howlin Wolf over the radio in the desert one night, packed up and drove back home in his 67′ Ford, and made it with $10 to spare.

Dave found out the West side of Chicago in the black hood was friendlier than the North side, and started sitting in at clubs, and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor’s band, Brewer Phillips, Ted Harvey, at Sweet Peas on 43rd St.

Weld moved to the 1815 Club on W. Roosevelt, owned and operated by Eddie Shaw who had Howlin Wolfs band, the Wolf Pack. Dave stayed there and played in the band with Chico Chism, Lafayette Gilbert, Hubert Sumlin, Detroit Junior, and Eddie Shaw. The going rate was $15 per night, but Dave played there with Otis Rush, Maxwell St. Jimmy, Guitar Junior, Jew Town Burks, Doug Macdonald, Boston Blackie, Tail Dragger, Little Wolf, Big Bad Ben, Little Aurthur, Johnny Littlejohn and more.

Tickets cost $20 for SMBS members and $25 for the general public. Doors open at 5 pm and music will begin at 6 pm to 9 pm.  Sorry no advance tickets available.

Watch Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames – Route 66 Festival Joliet IL – Live Video

Bluetick Tavern has a wonderful selection of food, beer, and liquor available to purchase and is located on 128 W Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37801

Media should contact Alisa B. Cherry for more information —