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Date(s) - October 1, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tennessee Riverboat Company
300 Neyland Dr
Knoxville, TN
United States


(865) 525-7827

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society will present live music with our final cruise of 2023. This month’s performance will feature the CHRIS O’LEARY BAND on the Tennessee Riverboat on Sunday, October 1st at 4 pm – 7 pm.

Chris O’Leary, a proud US Marine, has a musical background that includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of framer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together, they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has also appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Steely Dan, Albert Lee, Jamey Johnson, Warren Haynes, Michael Mcdonald and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry, Hubert Sumlin, and Richie Havens among others.
The Chris O’Leary Band’s debut CD “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for best new artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards. Their “Live At Blues Now” release also garnered them a Blues Blast Award nomination. Their latest critically acclaimed release,  “7 Minutes Late”, reached #1 on the RMR National Blues chart and was nominated for Best Contemporary Album for the 2019 Blues Blast Awards. After too much time off the road during Covid, The Chris O’Leary Band is back touring strong with over 100 shows already confirmed in 2023, with more being added daily. Chris and the band are also working hard on their latest recording, big news for that next CD is coming soon!

Band Members
Chuck Cotton- drums
Brooks Milgate- piano organ
Pete Kanaras- bass
Mike Lynch- guitar
Andy Stahl- sax
Chris O’Leary- harp vocals

Check out one of Chris O’Leary Live Videos here:


Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, ( 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.

Each voyage will also have full bar and limited food menu available onboard to buy.

For press inquiries, please contact Alisa B. Cherry,

2023 Blue Cruise Schedule

April 2nd with Biscuit Miller Band

May 7th with Shaun Murphy Band

June 4th with Johnny Burgin Band

July 9th with Laurie Jane & The 45s Band

August 6th with Ben Prestage

September 10th with Tangled in Blues

October 1st with Chris O’Leary Band