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Q&A with Jim Roberts (& The Resonants) routed in the deep south and midwest where Americana and Blues define the landscape

For me “Blues” is about the human life experience set to music. In that sense, all musicians who play from the heart and soul are playing "the blues."

Jim Roberts and The Resonants: Front…

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Legendary folk musician Cyrus Faryar talks about Beat Generation, Monterey Pop Festival, Hawaii, and Roland Kirk

"Fortunately, music often manages to slide by and lend an open moment of simple enjoyment. I'm wondering when cell phones will be surgically inserted into our bodies with the mind-body app. Kind of like a pacemaker in the brain; just start to hum and the whole tune arrives."

Cyrus Faryar: Misty Rain…

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Q&A with Australian Ivor S.K. - one of a new generation of exciting young blues talents to emerge from Down Under.

"I think the blues represents an escape from the world. The history of the blues is incredibly dark, encompassing as it does slavery and vitriolic racism, so I’ve always been inspired by the fact that the original purveyors of the art were able to create music so joyous under the toughest of circumstances imaginable."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on May 18, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Greek musician George Stefanakis - combination of rock & classical, without excluding other musical forms

"Both literature and music are the indicator of the cultural level of a society. They participate, decisively enough, in the process of interaction between politics, society and culture. In addition, the members of a group are united emotionally and communicate more easily."

George Stefanakis:…

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Interview with Aussie Soul/Blues artist John McNamara - style and delivery that stays authentic to roots

"Playing the blues and really getting into what 'makes' blues music has shed new light on all genres of music."

John McNamara: Rollin' With The Blues

Multi Award…

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Q&A with guitarist Yamirah Gercke (Bad Ass Freaks) - give you dance grooves with sophisticated chord progressions

"I think Blues and Jazz has always had racial, political and socio-cultural implications, because It came from that type of background. I believe this type of Music gave African Americans a voice to be heard. Nowadays though anyone plays Blues or Jazz doesn’t matter what race or from what background."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on May 15, 2017 at 11:06am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian musician/producer Francesco Accurso of ToneTrade, an independent production company

"Coming out of the ghetto is a constant theme and it’s no surprise that a lot of young kids abandoned the music which is most associated with slavery and segregation. Now many black musicians are moving back to it, rediscovering their roots and perhaps paying tribute to a great musical legacy."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on May 14, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with singer Janiva Magness, one of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music

"We are strong and solid as women in the Blues. I find many very talented women coming thru the ranks and find this very hopeful."

Janiva Magness: Truth & Blue Again

Janiva…

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Q&A with legendary guitarist & contemporary blues artist Bobby Messano -- play and sing with passion

"Music has no ethnicity…we are all black, white, purple or whatever when we listen and play it…there is nothing else in the world that can cause all of those emotions to be FELT by pretty much EVERY human on the planet…You can’t have a greater impact than that."

Bobby Messano: The Top of…

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Q&A with Memphis-area musician Davis Coen - strongly rooted in blues, country and religious-based music

"Most of what’s considered blues today, I don’t regard as blues. It’s mostly blues-rock, or just rock, as far as I see. Blues followers generally seem to like it though so I try to keep opinions to myself, unless it pertains to festival line-ups that repeatedly book electric guitar and harmonica show-boaters."…

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Q&A with saxophonist/visual artist Dana Colley - one of the most original saxophonists of his generation

"Blues and Jazz were always the voices of the downtrodden. The slaves created it as a rebellious statement. They could be chained and whipped but no one could take their voices, their rhythms."

Dana Colley: Vapors of Art-o-phone…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on May 5, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Swedish duo of Lighthouse (Mats & Linda Brandemark) -- Americana and Contemporary Rock

"Music is something that easily can unite people no matter what religion, nationality, gender; it is an important universal language."

Lighthouse Sweden: Navigation On The Roots…

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Q&A with D.C. Soul-Blues band Vintage#18 (Robbin Kapsalis & Bill Holter) - classic 60’s Soul n' hot Blues

"Blues and Soul music is the theme song for a lot of what’s going on in the world; just watch a documentary of movie, you’ll hear a Blues or Soul song conveying the mood."

Vintage#18: Movin’ & Groovin’

D.C.-based Soul-Blues band…

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Q&A with poet, artist, writer Hilary Krzywkowski - she draws vibrant, self-empowering and healing images

"The socio-cultural implications must be seen firsthand in this inexhaustible collection of work, in the messages of our artists. You won’t see narrow themes; you’ll see bursts of color, a wide spectrum of shadow, a deep ocean of nuance and symbolism."

Hilary Krzywkowski: The Art of…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on May 3, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Texas guitarist Gary "Gator" Millhollon (Ray Reed & Gator) world-class musicians living and playing the Blues

"Blues brings people together and it always will."

Gary "Gator" Millhollon: Real Blues

Ray Reed & Gator are two world-class blues musicians living and playing in the DFW area of Texas. Between the…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on May 2, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Detroit area bluesman Chris Canas - Blues n' Jazz are fused together with fresh Funk and tall glass of Soul

"Well Blues and Jazz has always been pretty influential when it comes to race, politics, and socio-culture. I mean just the creation of this genre alone was an act of defiance and rebellion from the old plantation workers in the cotton fields."

Chris Canas: The Soldier For The…

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British veteran musician Gary Fletcher (The Blues Band) talks about the Blues, racing cars and Nat Adderley

"I hope that music retains some sort of value to people - both emotional of course but also regains some fiscal value too. The business model for recorded music is broken - too many people no longer pay for music."

Gary Fletcher: On The Blues Roads…

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Interview with Pacific Northwest bassist Polly O'Keary - catchy songs, scorching vocals and riotous bass

"I think the biggest change vis-à-vis women in the music scene, and in the blues scene, is that that people really and genuinely want to see us excel at things that are not traditional for us."

Polly O'Keary: Blues Fusion Callin'…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on April 27, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Brett Berns, director of BANG: The Bert Berns Story and son of songwriter/music producer Bert Berns

"The music of my father’s era was foundational – a Renaissance age that will never be repeated again. Of course, great music continues to be made. But I fear that the attention to craft and commitment to art have been diminished by technology, and it’s going to get worse before it ever gets better."

Brett Berns:…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on April 24, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Idaho-based artist Ken Zabel - his paintings explore a relationship between pop art, outsider art & surrealism

"I think the impact of rock and roll and blues music had on the culture are, the music brought blacks and whites together through their music in a way that had never happened before. Jazz music started it in the 40s' but it really changed in a bigger way when kids discovered all of the great blues artists for the first time. It was a revelation!!"…

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