About Us

Juke Joint Drifters idea first came about when Guitarist Blake Campbell was traveling with roommate and drummer at the time Seam McElroy to Austin, Texas to see Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton Known as Double Trouble Stevie Ray Vaughn’s bassist and drummer. The two had made a pit stop at Beale street in Memphis where Campbell saw a Juke Joint sign outside a club and said” Juke Joint Drifters …That would be a cool blues name”. Campbell had already started wanting to take his music in another direction and not get stuck in a rut of just doing Stevie’s Stuff in their tribute band. Blake would later say “ I LOVE SRV but I’m Blake Campbell”
Campbell would meet manager/vocalist Jeremy Copeland for the first time at local venue The Prince summer of 2010, after a mutual friend suggested they might want to work together. Copeland had seen Campbell play a few months earlier fronting the Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute band “THE SRV EXPIERENCE” The two set up a time to meet at Campbell’s residence where they talked about musical influences and ideas jamming till daylight. They began a friendship but their personal life would prevent them from doing anything. it would be 2011 before they crossed paths at a Blues Jam in Knoxville where they did their rendition of Elmore James’ classic “Dust my Broom”. The two would meet the following week at the jam again this time with Kevin Lambert who had played the role of Bass player Tommy Shannon with Campbell in the SRV Expierence. They played a set together before they would be asked to stay on stage as Spotlight guests Tommy Santelli and Micheal Allman performed Santelli had toured with AMERICA and Bruce Springsteen. Allman is son of Greg Allman of the ALLMAN BROHERS BAND. As they left the stage they were approached and booked the following Halloween at a well known Knoxville venue whose booking agent was in crowd. The Booking agent asked Copeland “Who do you want me to Book you guys as?” With a quick glance at Campbell looking for the go ahead nod the band was born…..” Mam, We are THE JUKE JOINT DRIFTERS. The two would go on to play the gig with Kevin Lambert on bass and a local drummer by the name of "MeatBall".
They would soon hire Glenn Embry on drums a southern rock drummer who had just left the Michael Allman Band and moved back to Tennessee. they would in April of 2012 start running their own Blues jam at a local venue called Bullfeathers where they would add Andy Lewis to the band on Bass.At this point they started writing originals and working with Davey Lewis brother of Andy who also played guitar. Summer of 2012 they would win Battle of the Bands with a perfect Score at Indian River but Davey would decide to leave the band because of prior commitments and Glenn would move back to Michigan. This is when Kevin Reding would be added to the band as drummer. December 2013 they would add Jonny Monster to the band as a second guitar player, and the current lineup was born. The band is in process of recording their debut album with part being recorded at the Legendary Sun Studio!! Stay tuned the JJD story is just beginning.................


Blake Campbell

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Jeremy Copeland


Andy Lewis


Kevin Redding

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Eric Longmire