The Billies take the stage Oct. 20

Northeast State welcomes funky groove duo The Billies on Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. They will be performing in the Auditorium (A202) at the Blountville campus next to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The Billies are lead vocalist Chrissie Santoni, who also plays guitar and keyboards, and Craig Smith on percussion and vocals. Based in Lancaster, Penn., The Billies have coined a unique style they call Low Country Groove. Their sound is a musical gumbo with hints of folk, Americana, country, pop, rock and a little dash of chill. Since 2006, the duo has played hundreds upon hundreds of shows in coffeehouses, wineries, farmers markets, restaurants, and college campuses.

Craig Smith and Chrissie Santoni.
Craig Smith and Chrissie Santoni.

Santoni is an award-winning songwriter, having taken 1st Place in The Unisong Songwriting Contest and 1st Runner-Up Adult Contemporary in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, both for her song Mona Lisa. From unique originals to never-heard-it-that-way-before covers, The Billies are a fresh and exciting musical duo you don’t want to miss.

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For information, visit The Billies or contact 279.7669 or e-mail For a complete roster of the five remaining concerts in the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” series go to or contact Jim Kelly.

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