Best Blues Band: The Hector Qirko Band

Runners Up: Labron Lazenby and LA3, Relentless Blues Band, Jon Worley and the Cornbread Blues Band

Nearly 25 years in—the HQ Band will celebrate its first quarter century together this summer—and they’re still at the top of the local blues scene. (It’s not Memphis or Chicago, but check out the runners-up and you’ll see that’s no small accomplishment.) Some of the credit goes to experience, since you’re bound to learn something about playing with somebody when you do it for that long. But most of it goes straight to the players, who are among the best in Knoxville, or just about anywhere else: agile and imaginative drummer Steve Brown, rock-steady bassist Jim Williams, deep-lunged saxophonist Dirk Weddington, and Qirko, a guitarist who’s as soulful as he is proficient. (M.E.)

Runners Up: Labron Lazenby and LA3, Relentless Blues Band, Jon Worley and the Cornbread Blues Band

© 2010 MetroPulse. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.