The Smoky Mountain Blues Society presents a special performance by Frank Bang and the Cook County Kings on Sunday, September 24 aboard the Star of Knoxville Tennessee Riverboat.
Bang and the Cook County Kings’ latest album The Blues Don’t Care was released during the summer of 2016. It marked Bang’s first true blues recording of his 25 year career.
Bang, who was born and raised in Chicago, worked his way up through the ranks to play with blues legend Buddy Guy for five years. “It all came full circle when I joined Buddy Guy’s band at the end of 1999,” Bang recalls. “It was an incredible experience, playing with Buddy every night for five years. Touring every summer, seeing the world, playing with your idols and inspiring the greats that inspired me was an amazing experience.”
In fact, it was the love of Chicago Blues that originally led him to work at Guy’s iconic club, Buddy Guy’s Legends.
“I started there in 1991,” Bang recalls. “I did everything from change the merchandise, to paint the place. I even cooked brunch two Blues Festival weekends with Sam Guy, Buddy’s brother.
Between Buddy Guy, Magic Slim, The Teardrops and Legends, my life was changed forever.”
That ought to be evident when the Smoky Mountain Blues Society presents its performance by this revered blues veteran.
The Riverboat, located just one-half mile east of Neyland Stadium at 300 Neyland Drive next to Calhouns, begins boarding at 3:15 pm and departs at 4 pm for a three hour cruise to 7 pm cruise down the beautiful Tennessee River, with live entertainment from the band, a cash bar and food options onboard.
Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, (http://tnriverboat.com/blues-
cruises-2/) and by calling (865) 525-7827. Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Smoky Mountain Blues Society Members can enjoy a special discount. Each voyage will also have a limited food menu and full bar available. More information at www.smokymountainblues.org.
The year’s final Blues Cruise takes place on October 15 featuring renowned Memphis-based harpist John Nemeth.