An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Knox County Jug Stompers “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues”

The Knox County Jug Stompers are from right here in the foothills of East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, and they are veterans of the Blue Plate Special stage. What started out as friends jamming and sharing their love for jug and string band music quickly developed into a foot stompin’ full fledged jug band extravaganza. This song, “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues”, was originally titled “Blue Ridge Blues” and was written by Cliff Hess in 1924 under the pseudonym of Cliff Carson. It was recorded as “Blue Ridge Blues” by blind musician George Reneau and Gene Austin in April of 1924. You can learn more about the award-winning Knox County Jug Stompers and how they keep the old tunes alive at

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. Come and play your part as an audience member in the radio show that’s popular worldwide! Listen live at