February 2020 Blog Posts (20)

Q&A with singer/writer Robin McKelle - soul, jazz, rock, gospel, blues and the American Songbook cross paths

"Musicians have the power and responsibility to educate, encourage change and inspire. With our words and out voice, we have an opportunity to make a difference. Music can make change and changes peoples ideas and mind. It’s so powerful."

Robin McKelle: The Lady & Her Music

A savvy songwriter and a powerhouse vocalist, Robin McKelle has long…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 25, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Michael Levy, a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity - New Ancestral Music, back into the modern musical world

"Although in my attempt at creating a ‘musical adventure in time travel’ across many different ancient cultures, ranging from ancient-themed Biblical music, ancient-themed Egyptian music, ancient Mesopotamian-themed music, ancient Greek-themed music and ancient Roman-themed music, the one thing all my ancient-themed lyre music has in common, is hopefully evoking  a sense of inner peace and tranquility – if my music can in turn,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 22, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with German-based Marlon Bösherz (Botticelli Baby) - gypsy swing, blues, beat music from the Balkans and punk

"I’m sure music will stay. Music can’t die. Because, what is music? Music is sound, vibration, energy, speed, waves, the combination of things and people, so even if mankind is gone one day, there will still be sound in the Universe. And if the Universe is gone, something or someone will still be left making a noise."

Botticelli Baby: Let The Good Times Roll…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 20, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Zakiya Hooker - a regal combination of sass and soul, has pursued life and music on her own terms

"Blues music and culture brings people together. It transcends the color line and gives people a common ground on which to communicate. Blues has the ability to bring different cultures, races and genders together and not think about who you are or where you came from. Music is a healer and the glue that holds us together."

Zakiya Hooker: The Legacy of The…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 17, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian acoustic duo Rott'n Dan & Lightnin' Willy - focusing on Pre-War, Piedmont and Country Blues.

"Blues simplifies and with such emotional fortitude that much of what you speak is broken down to the bear bones. Music of the heart and soul should and does have the power to do such."

Rott'n Dan & Lightnin: Roots Earth Music

Dan and the Lightnin' Willy are an acoustic duo focusing on Pre-War, Piedmont and Country Blues. In doing so they are…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 16, 2020 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with NY-based roots and blues musician Phil Gammage - brings a unique depth and drama to music

"For Americans our Blues, Roots, and Jazz are the music genres that have helped defined us internationally. We’ve exported them as our cultural ambassadors. They’ve given birth to numerous other important styles of music such as rock n roll and soul music. Can you imagine a world without them?"

Phil Gammage: It's Real Good Music

Phil Gammage’s…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 16, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Portland-based, Ben Rice - deeply rooted in traditional blues, yet at the same time fiercely original

"I'd like to think that it opens up the opportunity for people from different walks of life to relate and understand each other's life experience and stories. This music is very much a personal and societal expression of what it means to go through life's ups and downs and come out the other side better."

Ben Rice: Rising Blues Star

Ben Rice has…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 16, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with West Africa singer/songwriter Justina Lee Brown - living her life and telling her real story through her music

"Activism is an ack we all should carry everyday until every human is in peace with love in these beautiful world of ours. When I have a chance to change something to become better, I take the chance and that is my inspiration. (Doing and not just complain about anything.)"

Justina Lee Brown: Music, Love & Unity

Justina Lee Brown, a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 14, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Greek singer and songwriter Remi & the road - Folk, Country, Americana and Blues tales on the road

"Music is all about emotional impact. It is a superpower that once you know how to wield, things change forever. You have the power to make people cry in an instant or laugh or feel certain feelings. You cannot let that go unnoticed and you certainly cannot occupy yourself with art that does not trigger such emotions."

Remi: The Troubadour & The Road…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 12, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Sacramento blues woman Val Starr - has experienced a lifetime of music both as a performer and music industry executive

"My hopes are that the blues are discovered by a new generation and my fears are that the “gatekeepers of the blues” will not accept new and innovative blues expressions."

Val Starr: Lighter Side of The Blues 

Val Starr has experienced a lifetime of music both as a performer and music industry executive. Raised in southern California, Val started…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 11, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Jazz pianist, organist, composer Ryan Slatko - his creative drive comes from many musical heroes

"I would just make people more open-minded. I would want people to be more receptive to new music, and ask that they be willing to challenge their own ideals. I feel that the music industry has gotten stagnant, and I believe this basic notion of shaking things up would help change that for the better."

Ryan Slatko: Black & White Jazz Keys…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 10, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Jim Roberts, 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: On The Highway from Detroit City to Mississippi and Beyond

Jim Roberts and The Resonants have arrived on the musical scene. Their sound is firmly routed in the deep south and midwest where…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 10, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Israeli born guitarist Assaf Kehati - mixes elegance, lyricism and hard swing in his compositions and playing

"Music is after all a community thing - expression, friendships and joy. Work hard, but don't be too serious and always be nice to your peers and grateful that you can do this - playing music."

Assaf Kehati: Jazz & Velour Dreams

Assaf Kehati is a Brooklynite jazz guitarist and composer. He is dedicated to his craft, has a keen sense of style,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 8, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with David Cross: YES (Peter Banks) and KING CRIMSON (David Cross) members Collaborate on the new album "Crossover"

"Music is part of culture and both reflects and has an impact on society, sometimes it leads trends and at other times it follows on from events. I just hope that my music is strong enough to be part of that process."

David Cross & Peter Banks: Crossover

David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and the late Peter Banks was the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 8, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Jay Gordon, moved the blues forward to the 21st century, infusing the music with the fire and power of rock

"Blues is all about Freedom, there are no rules, music doesn't lie to you when it sounds good it is good and when it's bad is bad. No matter what you think or what anyone else thinks in every generation the counterculture just changes with the way the world."

Jay Gordon: Slide Rules & Blues Party

Jay Gordon grew up in Chicago, the center of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 7, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian singer Kellylee Evans - everything from jazz to R&B and pop in such previous tasty classics fight

"I think music on a whole has the power to distract, to uplift, to enlighten, to soothe. It’s so amazing. I’m happy to be a conduit of that light and sound."

Kellylee Evans: Jazz With Soul

Six albums deep and Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans is still shaking it up on Come On, her latest Decca album. The stylistic connoisseur has tackled everything…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 6, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Algerian born (France-based) Karim Albert Kook - born with the blues, the adventures in music of peace

"For my part, the blues contribute to the mixture of communities they come from Europe (French Huguenots and Calvinists, German Lutherans, Irish Catholic, Askhenaz Jews or Greek Italian Sephardim) from Africa by human trafficking by deporting ethnic groups who weren't brought together so quickly ... the blues turned into a universal musical playground."

Karim Albert Kook: The Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 6, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian musician Max Arrigo, the founder of the Nandha Blues a classic rock band with a southern flavour

"Rock in the 60s had the important task of generating the consciousness of young people who until then did not exist as such. It represents a form of rebellion that slowly, over the decades, has been taken away from young people who are currently without the tools they need to change the world. Rock and its philosophy must return to the heritage of young people if we wish for real change."

Nandha…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 3, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Australian blues musician MattyT Wall -- ignite his imagination and give power to his art

"Blues is really the strongest connection in music between black and white and goes to show that music does not discriminate, neither should we."

Matty T Wall: Transpacific Blues Under The Southern Cross

The career of Australian blues-barnstormer, Matty T Wall, has been on a rising path since his debut album, 2016’s Blue Skies, was…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 1, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canada-based Mike Mackey, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and band founder, KINGS

"It's impact is massive. It brought cultures together in a positive fashion during a troubling 20th and 21st century I would say."

Mike Mackey: Renfrew County Rural Blues

Mike Mackey, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and band founder, describes KINGS' approach as “Renfrew County rural blues”, a form that “mixes blues elements with…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on February 1, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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