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Q&A with NYC based Sid Whelan, blues-influenced Americana musician with an unapologetically old-school vibe

"Almost All-American music composed and/or arranged after 1900 sits on a three-legged stool. One leg is African; one leg is European and one leg is Native American. We lean more heavily on one leg or another at different times but they are all always there."

Sid Whelan: The blues & Country had a baby and called it Rock n Roll

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Q&A with Elmore Magazine co-founder, Suzanne Cadgene - with the motto, “Saving American Music,” covers a wide variety of genres

"The impact is incalculable. Blues and rock cultures have not only influenced culture and social relations, but the music has memorialized it, documented it for history."

Suzanne Cadgène: Saving American Music

Elmore magazine is an American music publication founded in 2005 by Suzanne Cadgène and Arnie Goodman. With the motto, “Saving American…

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Q&A with veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist Forrest McDonald - earthshaking, soul-stirring music distilled in the blues

"It’s time to all join hands. We’ve got to live together. It’s time to stand up united as one through the hard times and stormy weather. I say hey, hey, the Blues is all right!"

Forrest McDonald: Blues In A Bucket

Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Forrest McDonald has been performing and recording earthshaking, soul-stirring music…

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Q&A with Irish street artist Vincent Zara - Rory Gallagher, Beatles, over thinker, mess maker, Beamish tippler

"Rock n Roll is so expressive, emotional, political. Its certainly an art form in its own right."

Vincent Zara: Rock n' Roll Clover

Vincent Zara is a Cork based Father, Artist, Photographer, Music Lover. Rory, Sabbath, Beatles. Over thinker, mess maker, Beamish tippler. Vincent says: "I stop and start so many things. It’s awful really, working…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 16, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with German-born Jazz bassist Martin Zenker - Music can be one of the languages that can combine the common aspects that any and all cultures share.

"Jazz in itself may have a more ambiguous history than other styles, because it is a product of so many social y and cultural and economically different ingredients."

Martin Zenker:

Music Emotions & Jazz Feelings

Martin Zenker was born in Munich and has been a freelance bassist…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 14, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Tinsley Ellis - one of the premier electric blues guitarists of his generation and a certifiable master of the genre

"I miss the days when people bought music at record stores and when we could go to those stores and talk about music."

Tinsley Ellis:

Southern Blues Rock Crossroads

Tinsley Ellis is a Blues Rock musician, who grew up in southern Florida. His love for electric blues grew by listening to…

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Q&A with Croatian harmonica player Tomislav Goluban - burst with energy, passion, humor and real music

“Before fans used to come to concerts to listen to the music, to enjoy themselves, to spend time with friends and to have a memorable experience. Nowadays more and more people are coming to hang out with their smartphones, to just take pictures and videos of artists as a token, “look I was there, “instead of enjoying the live performance; especially the younger fans.”

Tomislav Goluban: Bright Blues…

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Q&A with Emmy & Oscar-award winning filmmaker Ted Reed - the spirit and the soul in the birthplace of the blues

"In all cases our societal preconceptions can be challenged and through that a new understanding can emerge, regardless of the viewer’s racial, political, etc. beliefs or orientation."

Ted Reed: The Blues Trail Revisited

Emmy-and Oscar-award winning filmmaker Ted Reed has been producing, directing, writing, and shooting films and television since…

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Q&A with versatile guitarist and singer Hermann Posch - one of the top Austrian blues players in the traditional direction

"Blues and rock music bring people together, regardless of their ethical background and origin. That is the great thing about this music. From a socio-cultural point of view it is very important and a way that really works in reality. It's a logical conclusion that comes out of it, because only the music is in the foreground. Also politically we can get to know each other through this music."

Hermann…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 12, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Dutch Blues-Rocker Julian Sas, one of the greatest artists in his genre in the Netherlands and Europe

"We as musicians have to tell stories, give people stuff to think about, make them aware of the politics that influence our lives. Inspire each other and communicate..."

Julian Sas: The Electric Netherlands 

Julian Sas is one of the greatest artists in his genre the Netherlands has ever produced and as a guitarist he belongs to the absolute top of…

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Interview with brilliant multi-talented artist Bill Payne about the art, the music, the life, the counterculture, the world

"My foundation as an artist is the belief in: ... the nobleness of the arts and our effort as artists...writers...teachers...conveyors of thought, is to be mindful of the challenge and the importance of what we do. The essence of our efforts, I believe, is to illuminate the path of a measured truth, and to reflect and mirror that truth through the veil of our craft, taking aim at ourselves, our society, our world, with utmost respect to the awe and mystery…

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Q&A with Virginia-based veteran musician Georgia Randall - remains true to her music roots of soul, blues, and rock

"I see music in general as a common denominator, the thread that ties us together, regardless of race, culture, politics, or socio-cultural status. Certainly, some genres of music are preferred by cultures because of their environment and heritage, but if you look out at the crowd at a rock or blues festival, you see young, old, white, black, Latin, etc."

Georgia Randall: Peace, Love &…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 11, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Texas-based Jackie Venson, an intoxicating amalgam of Blues, Rock, and Soul with deeply heartfelt lyrics

"All modern music after the 1800s has been heavily influenced and shaped by American Blues. Blues is the parent genre to almost everything we hear these days, everything from Jazz, to electronica, to Hip Hop, it all started at the blues. It has bridged many gaps socially, at least in the US, and has always been a champion for diversity and inclusion."

Jackie Venson: The Girl & The…

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Q&A with Swedish one-person band Bror Gunnar Jansson - unleashes a garage-style hybrid of blues, rock and Americana

"In many ways the impact of the blues and (maybe even more) the gospel music can't be overestimated in modern day culture."

Bror Gunnar Jansson:

Eclecticism, Creativity & Originality

Bror Gunnar Jansson is a Swedish one-person band who unleashes a garage-style hybrid of blues, rock…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 7, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with North Carolina-based musician Chris Rodrigues, keeping alive the traditional songs of American heritage

"People have been getting the blues for years and will continue to get them. The blues of the past is the blues of the future."

Chris Rodriques:

Roots & Blooms of American Music

Chris Rodrigues plays the guitar, blows the harmonica, stomps on a suitcase with his right foot, taps on…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 5, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with musician and writer, Katy Hobgood Ray - host and producer of Confetti Park, a kid-friendly radio show

"Blues music reflects the feelings of the people who create it, and the feelings and conditions and situations shared by other people of the same culture. Making blues music and listening to it is a way for people to process the challenges they face."

Katy Hobgood Ray: The Dream Of Music

The duo of Katy Hobgood Ray and Dave Ray reminds us there is…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 3, 2020 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Arizona-based Black Cat Bones (Charles Pitts and Jeff Daniels), a five-piece Blues/Rock band

"Blues transcends any and all racial inequality, it pulls you in to a place where you can identify with the writer and what they might have been going through. Those struggles that we identify with fit any class or race of people. Which is one reason that Blues will never die."

Black Cat Bones: Blues Rock Experiences

Black Cat Bones is a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 3, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Austrian musician Anton Mühlhofer, expressing his passion for the Latin world and Cuban music in particular.

"Music reflects very much the culture of a place, like the language, the way people speak."

Anton Mühlhofer: Cubanton

Austrian musician/bandleader Anton (Toni) Mühlhofer, studied Classical Percussion at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Drums (Jazz) at the Conservatory of Vienna and further studies at the Berklee College of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 2, 2020 at 12:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Tom Hyslop (Keeping The Blues Alive Award): A veritable encyclopedia of American blues, soul, and roots music

"Blake was a great visionary English poet. His line rang true for me, as I’ve indulged in plenty of excess in my time, and I feel now that I’ve been relieved of a hopeless state of mind and body, I should have learned something from the fun and games-and suffering!"

Tom Hyslop: A True Blues Knight

Blues Foundation “Keeping The Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 30, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with virtuosity artist Tom Shaka - deeply inspired by Blues pioneers, doesn't merely play the Blues... he lives it

"Music can uplift and heal. What a breath of fresh air this grassroots music is, especially in today's modern, fast-paced, upside-down, plastic, digital world. But music (if we can even call it that) can also harm."

Tom Shaka: Mr. Delta Thunder

Tom Shaka, an American Bluesman of Sicilian ancestory, began singing and playing the guitar at the age…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 28, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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