"Blues has made me more centered, and playing it has mellowed me and evened me out."
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans:
Eclectic American Roots ‘n’ Roll
Guitarist/songwriter BRAD VICKERS learned on the job playing, recording, and touring with America's blues and roots masters:…Continue
"Music has always been a major force in tackling social, and political issues."
Brad Heller: Eclectic Rock Sentence
Whether with his backing band, The Fustics, or performing as an acoustic artist, Brad Heller has established himself as a credible force among current songwriters. Honing his craft for over a decade and a half the Wilmington, North…Continue
"Everybody gets the blues once in a while, no matter whom you are…"
JP Soars: The Deepest Cut of Blues
Born in California and raised in Arkansas, JP Soars has called South Florida home since 1985. John Paul Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences.…Continue
"But the fact is that musicians have always been at the front of social and political issues. Because of the nature of our creativity we are sensitive to racial and social issues, and I believe it is up to us to speak out for what we believe: for me it is Equality, Respect, and Social Justice."
Jimmy Carpenter: Soul Doctor & His Sax
"I miss hearing music on the radio that was performed 100% by humans. I personally get excited by new music that makes you question if it was recorded in the 60’s or 70’s. There is a warmth, an ease, a human approach to that sound."
Moonshine Society: Sweet Thing
Locally in Washington, DC, the band of Moonshine Society gives a big nod to Aesop’s…Continue
"The Memphis sound continues to generate fans today because it is authentic. It is original. It is a combination of blues, folk and gospel and comes from the tribulations of African Americans through the years. People feel the real deal when they hear it."
Vaneese Thomas: Rootsy & Gospely …Continue
"Blues doesn’t have many boundaries. There are common forms but also other ways to express the sound and feeling. The irony is that most blue music make people happy when they hear it. The music is always evolving but the roots of the sound are simplicity and emotion."
Altered Five Blues Band:
Blues Power, Ten Thousand…Continue
"The blues is in fact a state of mind. Otherwise you just play music."
Al Cook: Nothing But The Blues Roots
Al Cook (born Alois Koch) grew up in Vienna, Austria. The visit of the Elvis movie Gold from a hot throat at the age of fifteen awoke in him the desire to make music. He started teaching himself guitar, piano and singing. After first…Continue
"Poetry’s roots are lyrical and this continues to expand and illuminate as can be seen in the cultural preeminence of hip-hop. Music is the blood flow of our cosmic existence on terrestrial earth."
Todd Swindell: Harold Norse Blues
Todd Swindell is writer and archivist based in Sonoma County, California. As a close friend of Beat poet Harold…Continue
"Destroy all egos and attain emptiness."
Tate Swindell: The Sūtra of The Beats
Archivist, Poet and Photographer, Tate Swindell is the founder of Unrequited Records, which specializes in poetry records released on the vinyl format. The latest release was an album of rare Gregory Corso readings from the late 1970s that included previously…Continue