Blues society raffles custom guitar

Knoxville, TN – Smoky Mountain Blues Society, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, is giving everyone an equal opportunity to win a custom built signature guitar from Rigney Custom Guitars, an instrument that is not only one of a kind, but one which also bears the signatures of an amazing array of iconic Blues artists — Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi, among them.

The guitar will be raffled off from July 1-September 30, 2017 with the drawing scheduled to take place on October 15 aboard the Star of Knoxville during the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s monthly Blues Cruise. Raffle tickets cost $20 each with a maximum of 500 tickets offered for sale.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Blues in the Schools, one of the fundamental outreach programs provided by the Smoky Mountain Blues Society. The program, which was initiated in 1995, is offered free to schools and other youth-oriented organizations for the sole purpose of exposing young people to Blues music and to educate them about the importance Blues music plays in the overall umbrella of traditional American music. In 2016, the program reached over 1,400 children in East Tennessee, students ranging in age from Elementary School to High School.

Artists who have signed the Smoky Mountain Signature Guitar to date: Ronnie Baker Brooks, Buddy Guy, Nick Moss, Carlos Johnson, Mike Ledbetter, Susan Tedeschi, Coco Montoya, Corey Dennison, Derek Trucks, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Ori Naftaly, Jellybean Johnson, Pat Travers, Jerry Hunt, Maurice John Vaughn, Mac Arnold, and Tinsley Ellis.

Tickets, complete list of the Raffle rules, and a calendar of events are available at the Smoky Mountain Blues Society website: smokymountainblues.org.