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Date(s) - April 16, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bluetick Tavern
128 W Broadway Ave
Maryville, TN
United States

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society


due to performer’s illness

Shawn Holt and the Teardrops

at Bluetick Tavern, Maryville TN

On Sunday, April 16th, the Smoky Mountain Blues Society and Bluetick Tavern will be pleased to present Shawn Holt and the Teardrops.

Tickets cost $20 for SMBS members and $25 for the general public. Doors open at 5 pm and the performance will run from 6 pm – 9 pm.  Sorry no advance tickets are available.

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.


Shawn Holt commenced his professional career when he was aged 17, touring alongside his father Magic Slim and his uncle Nick Holt, as part of the previous version of the Teardrops. Following that tour, Holt formed his own outfit, Lil’ Slim and The Back Alley Blues Band,and continued learning his craft at playing the blues.

Holt became a Teardrop himself in January 2013 and toured with his father that January. During the East coast tour with Johnny Winter, Shawn’s father became very ill and ended up in the hospital in Pennsylvania…he told Shawn to carry on. The Teardrops opened for Johnny Winter in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The act was well received and Winter requested that they would continue to be his support act for the remainder of his touring commitment.

In 2013, John Primer, a former Teardrop, was the special guest on Shawn Holt & the Teardrops’ debut recording, Daddy Told Me. It was recorded in ChicagoIllinois. Primer played and sang on two of the album’s tracks, of which five overall were written by Holt. Two songs on the collection were cover versions of Magic Slim’s tracks – “Buddy Buddy Friend” and “Please Don’t Dog Me”. Another song covered on the album was “Before You Accuse Me“. Daddy Told Me was released on the Blind Pig record label.  The album reached number one on the Living Blues blues radio chart in October 2013. In May 2014, Shawn Holt & the Teardrops won a Blues Music Award for Daddy Told Me in the ‘Best New Artist Debut’ category.

Band members

Shawn Holt – vocals and guitar

Jimi ‘Primetime’ Smith – guitar and vocals

Tyson Harrington Bell – bass

Vern Taylor – drums and vocals

Here’s a video to enjoy: “Get Your Business Straight” • Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2018


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