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Songbirds' blues jam

Do Mondays give you the blues? Chattanooga bluesman Rick Rushing has a cure: live music.

Rushing hosts an ongoing Monday night blues jam at Songbirds Guitar Museum, an open invitation for local musicians to jam onstage with other musicians. From all accounts, there have been some magical moments — and the stage is set for an especially inspiring show on Nov. 11 when AJ Ghent returns to Chattanooga to join in on the action.

Ghent has been playing the steel guitar since an early age and has mastered the art of making his guitar sing. Mixing in blues, soul and gospel, he has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers, fronted a band with the late great Colonel Bruce Hampton and toured as an opener with his own band and the Zac Brown Band, just to name a few.

Born into a family known for "sacred steel" style music, Ghent is part of a musical legacy and he carries that torch properly. He has even added his own unique twist by playing his steel guitar while standing up, something most steel guitar players do not do. And not only does his guitar sing, Ghent has a soulful voice as well. He is the total blues-and-soul package and he will bring all these skills to Songbirds for a night that is not to be missed.

Let Ghent and Rushing lead your soul into a night of red-hot blues and we promise you'll forget about your worries for the rest of the week.

New-music playlist:

  • "Turn the Light" by Karen O & Danger Mouse
  • "Light Years" by The National
  • "Clovers" by Barrie
  • "When We Were Kids" by The Twotakes
  • "High and Dry" by Phillip LaRue
  • "Bags" by Clairo
  • "Natural Affair" by The Growlers
  • "Sail Away" by Tunnel Vision
  • "Saying Goodbye" by J.S. Ondara
  • "In A Van" by Saintseneca
  • "All Said and Done" by Sturgill Simpson
  • "Wolves" by Ryan Bingham
  • "It Ain't Easy" by AJ Ghent
  • "Sunny Days" by Allen Stone
  • "Green Eyes" by Joseph
  • "Bury Me" by Monday Night Social


Stay tuned for these upcoming shows:

Atlanta-based alternative rock band The Twotakes is out on tour with South Carolina-based hard rock band Seven Year Witch and they will stop in Chattanooga on Thursday 11/7 for a show at Songbirds Guitar Museum.

Mixing elements of ska, reggae and surf rock, Southern California's Tunnel Vision will return to the Chattanooga area on Thursday 11/7 for a show at JJ's Bohemia.

Ryan Bingham will bring his mix of Southwestern-influenced roots rock and Americana to the stage of The Walker Theatre for a special performance on Saturday 11/9.

Winner of 2018's Road to Nightfall, Cleveland, Tennessee's Monday Night Social just released their debut album, and the folk-rock outfit is set to headline Songbirds Guitar Museum on Friday 11/22.