Date(s) - June 4, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tennessee Riverboat Company
300 Neyland Dr
2023 SUNDAY BLUES CRUISES
KNOXVILLE RIVERBOAT COMPANY
The Smoky Mountain Blues Society will once again present live music with its continuation of our monthly River Cruises of 2023. This month’s performance will feature the Johnny Burgin Band on the Tennessee Riverboat on Sunday, June 4th at 4 pm – 7 pm.
Johnny Burgin performs close to 200 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. Johnny grew up in Mississippi and went to University of Chicago at 18, but ended up attending “blues university”. Johnny met a DJ on the college radio station who took him to see the Howlin’ Wolf style singer Tail Dragger on the West Side of Chicago. Tail Dragger took Johnny under his wing and gave him his first professional gigs, and from there Johnny learned quickly and went on to tour or gig with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold. He’s been praised by the Cascade Blues Association for his “stunning guitar playing– the pure Chicago styled sound”.Johnny’s played on dozens of records as a sideman and as a leader, he’s released ten CDs on Delmark and Vizztone records. His most recent efforts are Johnny Burgin Live, which features special guests Charlie Musselwhite, Nancy Wright and Rae Gordon and debuted at #3 on the Living Blues Blues Radio Chart. No Border Blues: Japan came from Johnny’s many tours and long relationships in Japan and is the first American compilation of the underground Japanese blues scene. Vintage Guitar stated: “Stellar fretwork, gloriously loose, earthy and immediate Chicago blues”. Johnny’s currently nominated for “Best Traditional Male Blues Artist” for 2023, and he was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for Howlin’ at Greaseland, a Howlin’ Wolf tribute, and by Blast Blast for Best Live Release in 2020.Joining Johnny for this show is his long-time road drummer, Stephen Dougherty, who’s also toured with Gary Primich and Bryan Lee. Swedish slide guitar queen Marie Martens will be on bass as well as featured on guitar and vocals.
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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 pm.
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