All About It
For over 25 years, the Cotton-Eyed Joe has served as the hottest night club in all of East Tennessee. In fact, this year it won the ACM (Academy of Country Music) award for Club of the Year! The Joe is already awesome, but it’s about to get a whole lot better! From complete renovations to new offerings, such as valet parking, the Joe will have a totally updated atmosphere, perfect for concerts. All of these changes are made possible thanks to the Joe’s new owner, Chuck Ward. He’s been in the real estate business for 30 years, and he’s ready to give the club a much needed facelift.
Part of the Joe’s renovations include brand new flooring, dance floors, lighting, and pool tables. Coming soon, they will have updated restrooms, and a stage for their world-famous performances!
Arriving at the Joe has never been better because the valet parking services have been enhanced. An all new menu will be making its debut sometime soon at the Joe. It will be filled with usual bar food, plus many delicious fresh food choices.
FREE dance lessons are held at the Joe from 7-9pm on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday’s lessons consist of two stepping and line dancing, and Sunday’s lessons are line dancing. CEJ is always teaching new and exciting dance moves!
Over the years, the Joe has housed many incredible performances. Artists include Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, Dan + Shay, Montgomery Gentry, Brothers Osborne, Aaron Lewis, Joe Nichols, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Old Dominion, Chase Bryant, Tyler Farr, Morgan Wallen, Maddie and Tae, Bret Michaels, Colt Ford, Gary Allen, Lauren Alaina, William Michael Morgan, Chase Rice, Michal Ray and many more!
18+ are always welcome at the Cotton-Eyed Joe! CEJ has weekly specials, too, so club-goers can have a good time while also saving some cash.
Each week, more than 3,000 people occupy the Joe’s 25,000 square foot building and dance on the 2,500 square foot dance floor.
One of the coolest features about the Joe is how it’s decorated. For example, the DJ booth is an actual semi-truck! The rest of the building is filled with signed photos, Western gear and much more.
The National Anthem is played EVERY NIGHT, followed by the club’s theme song, Cotton-Eyed Joe.
Other than dancing and drinking adult beverages (21+), there are many other fun things to do. From video games to pool tables, it would be impossible not to have a good time. The Joe also has games like Jenga, darts and foosball. CEJ even has a shoe shiner who comes in on the weekends! Dare to be a cowboy or cowgirl by riding the mechanical bull.
Joe’s Closet is a shopping center located inside the Joe, where t-shirts, hats, koozies and more can be found. This is also the place for coat checks, and where concert tickets can be purchased.
In 2017, Chuck Ward, a real estate investor, decided to purchase the Cotton-Eyed Joe. He has an extensive 25+ year promotion and production background; he has also managed a restaurant and was a bartender at one point in time. He claims that all of these events led him to taking on the Joe as his new project!