Deaconbluz and the Holysmoke Band is one of the few remaining Blues bands in the southeast who play traditional Blues dance music. The band, composed of professional musicians, has been performing since 1997 under the direction of Clark “deacon bluz” White, (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.). An organic public intellectual bluesologist, he is currently directing Blues Chattanooga: Center for Blues Studies.  He is one of the producers of the annual grassroots community-based “Blues in the Knob” sponsored by the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Watch Association. He has taught at Michigan State University, Temple University, Northeastern University, Brown University and Morehouse College (his alma mater Class of 1971). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the WEB DuBois Center for African American Studies at Harvard University and the Delta Cultural and Research Center at Mississippi Valley State University.


Dr. White is a nationally known and in demand as a speaker, consultant, Blues artist and Blues music educator who teaches “Blues in the Schools” programs and consults with schools, museums, colleges-universities, senior citizen programs, recreation/cultural centers, and arts organizations. He has also produced the “deaconbluz radio show” which was broadcast over National Public Radio affiliated stations. He has been a consultant to the National Jazz Service Organization, the Pew Foundation, the Delta Blues Museum, the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Afro-American Museum of Philadelphia, the High Museum of Atlanta, The Mckenzie Foundation, Community Impact of Chattanooga/Lyndhurst Foundation, Riverbend Festival, House of Hope and the Jewish Cultural Center of Chattanooga.















vThe band has performed at such diverse venues as : The Riverbend Festival (Chattanooga),Variety Playhouse (Atlanta), The National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta), The Bessie Smith Strut (Chattanooga), The DeKalb County Blues and Jazz Festival (Decatur, Ga.), Nightfall (Chattanooga) The Philadelphia African-American Museum (Philadelphia), Blind Willies Blues Club (Atlanta), Blues in the Alley (Atlanta), the Rib Shack Blues Café (Atlanta), PALS Lounge (Atlanta), the Atlanta Blues Festival, the High Museum (Atlanta), Blues in the Knob (Chattanooga), Cooking on the Quarter Festival (Chattanooga), Da Blues Goes to College (Atlanta, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark-Atlanta University, University of Tenn-Chatt.).


An event with “deaconbluz and the holysmoke band” is truly one to remember. You will be out of your seat dancing and line dancing to the best in live Blues music. From Delta Blues to Soul Blues to Zydeco to Chicago Blues to Funk Blues to old school R and B, to Blujazz Americana, “deaconbluz and the holysmoke” band, know how to make it jump.


The “Blues in the Schools” program is designed for the general public, K-12, college and university, recreation centers, summer camps, senior citizens activity time, adult basic education and Blues Edutainment for the “at-risk” populations. The “Blues in the Schools” program can be designed to meet your curriculum requirements and resources. The program is also available when the band is on tour. We enjoy doing “Blues in the Schools” by day and gigging at night.

The Pulse:  A Blues Journey: To Chattanooga to Harvard and Back

by Eric Foster