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Q&A with guitarist John Campbell of ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? - the top Jimi Hendrix Tribute band in Europe

"That music would unite people with the message that Jimi Hendrix tried to promote Love, Happiness, and Peace!"

John Campbell: Are You Experienced?

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? Are widely acknowledged as the top Jimi Hendrix Tribute band in Europe. They were formed in 1996 by guitarist John Campbell. John (an ardent longtime Hendrix fan)…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 6, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Cuba-born pianist and composer Elio Villafranca - collaborated with leading jazz and Latin jazz artists

“Jazz has always been in the middle of racial political, spiritual, and socio-cultural struggles. Jazz in my opinion is the most inclusive form of music that exist. Jazz also offers a very unique and particular way of freedom of expression, which has been from it beginning a powerful tool for musicians all around the world to express their views about everything such as, social inequality, racial and gender discrimination, cultural differences,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 6, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith - one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time

"Blues music is at the heart of our very rich heritage of growing up in the United States. There is a lot of noise and distraction nowadays to confuse and waste the only thing we really have, which is time, and a limited amount of it, at that. Don’t waste it! The impact of Blues is elemental and powerful. It began, and is, Black, African-American music, but it is embraced and preserved by everyone, now."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 5, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Texas-based Scott "Janky" Lindsey - music with lopsided, janky sound focused on having a good time

"I feel blues these days is really too broad. Most of what people refer to as the blues is nothing more than rock and roll. Contemporary blues for the most part has become too predictable. The important thing about the blues is to make it your own. This is very, very challenging."

Janky: The Power of Texassippi Groove

Texas-based…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 4, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with pianist/singer Al Copley (co-founder of Roomful of Blues): energy, versatility and impeccable harmony

"Now today the whole world appears to have no answer, no hope, no solutions. So, it's like we are all slaves, but are we going to give up and roll over, or will we keep singing those Blues away? I had no idea what Big Joe Turner meant when he said to us (I was 25 years old) "Don't the Blues make you feel so happy?" Now I know. It's living in spite of trouble, not looking for it nor griping."

Al…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 2, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Czech multi-instrumentalist Jan Korinek - groove with pure blues roots into a soul-jazz-funk feeling

"I think I would want to change the level of patience and sense of subtleness of both the listeners and musicians. These days you have to be a bit more "extreme" to even get noticed. People don't seem to appreciate the simplicity and will to just groove without some fast and crazy soloing lines."

Jan Korinek: Groove All Night Long

“GROOVE” - No…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 1, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with prolific blues-rocker Popa Chubby - has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world

"When rock 'n' roll first happened it was a threat to the mainstream. When Chuck Berry happened it was a threats white America. When the bad brains happened it was a threat to rock 'n' roll."

Popa Chubby: It's A Mighty Hard Road

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 1, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Dutch publicist Hans Broere, having been in the music business for a quarter century

"Regardless of genres, music can be a way of addressing racial or other problems. Does it have any effect? I’m not sure but it defnitely doesn’t hurt expressing your thoughts and feelings. Does it matter anyway what colour your skin is? We all bleed red! Do we need to agree on everything? I don’t think so. It’s okay to disagree, to have your own opinion, as long as you don’t enter extremist territory."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 29, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger - original blues songs and instrumental gems

"My fear is that now music is everywhere with platforms and magic is lost!"

Guy Bélanger: Welcome To Eldorado

Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger released his 6th solo album, Eldorado on October 2019 by Bros Records. This long-awaited new release features a mix of original blues songs and instrumental gems…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 29, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman - versatile talent, pushing himself in new directions

"Blues is a blank canvas for an artist. There are so many ways to express yourself through blues music."

Steve Strongman: Pushin' Boundaries

Tired of Talkin’ (2019) is the new album from JUNO award winner and 2019 International Blues Challenge Best Guitarist (solo/duo) Steve Strongman. Recorded in Nashville Tennessee and Hamilton…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 29, 2019 at 9:30pm — 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, Hope and Protest

With her new Change in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty (2019), the Grammy®-nominated artist is at the nexus of re-invention and tradition. The album,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 28, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian band Bywater Call (Meghan Parnell & Dave Barnes) - harnessing the sounds of southern soul, gospel and blues

"In the current divisive political and social environment, I think blues and soul music has the ability to unify people around something that just speaks to the heart, but the music also provides a vessel to highlight important issues in a subtle and non-aggressive way."

Bywater Call: Spicy Music Gumbo

Born out of a love for southern soul, blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 27, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Intrepid Artists president, Rick Booth - bring his own spin to the music industry - 25th anniversary

"The Blues Music Family is a tight family. Race plays a part in our daily lives these days but in the blues world, Black Folks and White Folks all get along hang out together."

Rick Booth: The Intrepid Blues Family

Intrepid Artists Int’l was founded in Dec of 1994 by current owner and President of the company, Rick Booth. Rick Booth Jr. was born…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 27, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with active Folk and Blues musician, Israel-based Del Goldfarb, has acted as a Blues historian over the years

"We learn about life and how to roll with the punches. And no matter how bad things seem to be, you are not alone. Blues is your family."

Delmark Goldfarb: One Blues World

Del Goldfarb writes of a singular life which carried him across the USA for years, before expanding his trails to include Europe, Israel and elsewhere. Among his…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 27, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Dutch blues promoter Rob Koning (King Bee Music), work with for some of the best blues bands

"Blues music is a perfect way to tell your thoughts about all these matters. On the other hand, blues can also be ‘’happy’’ blues. People want to dance to the music instead of listening to the lyrics. I don’t think blues music will change the world. I only have to remind you of M.L. King, a great man. Nothing really changed since his dead. We still have to face racial and socio-cultural problems all over the world."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 25, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with genuine rock’n’roll renaissance man, Mike Edison - speaks frequently on free speech, sex, drugs, and counterculture

"Better music programs in schools. It should be mandatory - all of the arts should be, but a solid introduction to blues and rock n' roll would make the world better, don’t you think?  And jazz — so people aren’t scared of it. And classical music, too, so people don’t think it is just for snobs. Mozart is fun. Miles Davis is fun."

Mike Edison: Rock n' Roll Is Here To Stay…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 25, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Greek writer/journalist Dinos Dimatatis - researcher of rock music and great music collector

"Rock music is a musical style that has a revolutionary quality and it will always be a weapon against politics and social injustice."

Dinos Dimatatis: All You Need Is Rock

Dinos Dimatatis is a lawyer, a journalist, a writer, a researcher of the Greek rock music and a great music collector. He has written five reference books on the Greek rock…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 24, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Texas-based Rick Lee, the best known Chinese-American guitarist anywhere in continental USA

"I would hope that the blues would continue to be primarily a storytelling medium, but I fear that “the blues” will morph and “evolve” into more commercially-appealing “blues-rock” with little to no reference to the traditional musical structures and storytelling qualities, and that the importance of lyrics will degrade into simplistic and meaningless stock “blues” cliches that serve only as a mere backdrop to endless instrumental noodling and unemotional…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 23, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran blues musician Michael Charles - from Australia to USA keeping the blues alive and well

"I miss the genuine honesty of it all. Because the original blues songs were written from their heart and soul and I’m afraid the majority today are just creating lyrics or just mimicking what they think the blues should be. But with this said it would be hard for them to write with the experiences of the original blues guys because times have changed and that type of struggling is hopefully non-existent."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 23, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with GravelRoad (Stefan Zillioux & Martin Reinsel) pushing the musical boundaries into new territories

"Music is an art. It is culture. It is life evoked through a tune. It has social implications. Social implications mean political implications in our current world. Everything is intertwined in some way."

GravelRoad: Crooked Nation Blues

GravelRoad has been pushing the musical boundaries for over a decade and a half, forging a distinct sound that…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 21, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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