If you’ve been curious about long-time Knoxville blues queen Jenna Jefferson’s latest band, Jenna and Her Cool Friends, you’ve had plenty of chances to see them perform—they’ve been one of the most active acts in town for the last three years. But if, for some reason, you haven’t been able to make it out to see them, you’ll soon be able to buy the Cool Friends’ first album, I’m What You Get, a brand-new collection of 10 original blues songs.
The first chance to snag a copy will be at Relix Variety Theatre in Happy Holler on Saturday, March 8, when the band performs a CD release show.
Jenna and Her Cool Friends first came together in 2010 for what they thought would be a one-off performance on one of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s Blues Cruise events on the Tennessee River. Jefferson selected some of Knoxville’s best players—singer/harp player Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley, guitarists “Detroit” Dave Meer and Keith Ford, bassist Glyn Loyd, drummer Kevin Redding, and keyboardist Ben Maney—for the cruise, and the group is still together. (They were, in fact, named Best Blues Band in Metro Pulse’s Best of Knoxville poll in 2013.)
Admission to the CD release show is $5. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Tennessee Valley Jazz and Blues Foundation.