Date(s) - May 7, 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 Shaun Murphy Band on the Tennessee Riverboat on Sunday, May 7th at 4 pm – 7 pm.
Shaun Murphy found my way to the Blues stage at the first Ann Arbor Blues Fest, in 1969, and was completely smitten. Getting to play at such an important milestone festival had my head spinning. That was my awakening to the Blues, and I couldn’t have been among a better line-up: Big Mama Thornton, Luther Allison, Son House, Muddy Waters, BB King, Freddie King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and the list went on and on.
Solidified into the Detroit music scene, I found my calling, but it was to be a bit elusive. While I continued my music education over the years, I was also free to pursue another of my loves, acting, where I was able to snag two different life-changing musical plays: Hair and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road.
Having been in Hair afforded Shaun the opportunity to land a recording contract with Motown Records – Rare Earth Records, along with Meatloaf, to record our duo album Stoney And Meatloaf.
Right after the recording of the record, “Stoney and Meatloaf”, Motown moved out to Los Angeles taking me with them. After a short stay in LA, I got back in touch with Bob Seger’s manager, Punch Andrews, and it just so happened, Bob was, again, looking for a singer. So I headed back to the music scene I was so familiar with, Detroit.
Starting with the recording of Katmandu, under the pseudonym, Stoney. I was in Detroit and, again, working with Bob and his band; The Borneo Band, along with some of the Silver Bullet boys, Chris Campbell, Alto Reed, and Drew Abbott, and throw in a couple of Tulsa boys: Jamie Oldaker and Dick Sims, along with my pal Marcy Levy (Marcella Detroit).
When Bob Seger decided to take some time off the road, I was contacted again by my old friend, Marcy Levy, (of Leon Russell and Eric Clapton fame) that Eric Clapton was doing a record with Phil Collins producing, and would I be interested in coming to Montserrat to record the backing vocals on his ‘Behind The Sun’ album.
The experience was thrilling; to get back to my roots, and with the ‘guitar god’ himself. I, of course, said yes! We recorded this great record, and after the first song, Eric asked me if I’d like to do the tour, it was too good to be true!
Check out one of Shaun Murphy Band Live Videos here:
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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