March 2021 Blog Posts (29)

Q&A with premier rock drummer Carmine Appice, astonishing live performances and highly sought-after session musician

"Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Joe Morello, they were probably my major idols. Just to keep things going like we do in a band. It is harder for drummers to make things work in this business as you are always in the back so you have to constantly keep moving to get the train moving… Drummers are many times those most organized in the band!"

Carmine Appice:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 31, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Bay Area blues singer supreme, Tia Carroll - from the heart with passion, emotion, and warmth

"The blues are under represented by the bloodline they came from and that makes the blues misunderstood and not viewed as a powerful tool to promote change. We have work to do to if we want to be seen as movers and shakers in the music industry. Movers and shakers have resources to get things done outside of the music industry."

Tia Carroll: You Gotta Have It!…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 31, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

New York-based musician and producer Jim Koeppel talks about the legacy of the late blues Cash McCall

"Without a doubt, Cash McCall gave me the most important push I had, and needed, in my career. He told me ”don’t ever quit!” He put me in his band and co-produced my record. His vision was bigger than mine for this latest project, and I opened myself up to him vision, it gave me the allowance I needed to expand."

Jim Koeppel: Cash McCall Had The Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 26, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with acclaimed San Francisco-based singer Will Porter - musical director for many R&B and Rock acts

"Dizzy Gillespie said something like “Once you say that only a certain people can do something, the next move is saying that that’s ALL they can do!” The USA is an extremely racist society and has always devalued anything created by people of color, OR poor or rural white people. It has always been Europeans that lift up true American culture."

Will Porter: The Golden…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 26, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Illinois-based guitarist Henry Frayne (Lanterna), best known as a leading exponent of Ambient Americana

"When things get tense in a band, take a step back and consider what you might wish you had done looking back from ten years in the future. There are so many chance meetings and opportunities in any musician's life."

Henry Frayne (Lanterna): Hidden Drives

Lanterna is the recording persona of Henry Frayne from Champaign, Illinois. He’s played in…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 25, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Mike Tiano, his artistic endeavors, including his musical projects and his articles on music, movies, & TV

"In this context music provides anthems as rallying cries, windows into what is driving the anger and fears of those who are trying to get through the day, and how right and wrong are not interchangeable words that have no meaning for those who value power over compassion. I want to promote fostering a positive environment instead of being contrarian for its own sake."

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 23, 2021 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with New Jersey-based band-of-one, Keith Kenny - developing a unique approach to his live shows

"I think the most important lesson I’ve learned from music is to take some risks in life. Sometimes the best opportunity is just right around the corner, but you won’t get to it unless you take a chance."

Keith Kenny: Express The True Feelings

"Lifetime Ago Motel" (April 2, 2021 / iNtuRecords) is the fifth album from…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 21, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Louisiana-based singer Crystal Thomas, easily relates to other cultures and her music is universally embraced by all

"Blues has always healed. For the African American culture, music has been the one solid constant in our lives. We naturally express ourselves in songs through music. Whether we a pushing for freedom, or celebrating love and life, music has always had a major impact on our lives and played the major part of being able to communicate."

Crystal Thomas: The Truth of Music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 20, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Dutch guitarist Chris Janssen of Sweet Bourbon - blues, jazz and soul influences with southern-rock style

"Music, blues or not, is art and culture. Some songs you have written give people a certain feeling and experience and with other songs you try to share the lyrics as well. You always have something to say. With my music I try to contribute to a free and carefree society. A musical ideology that is never finished. But most of all, let people enjoy our music!"

Sweet Bourbon: Born A…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 20, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

The "Queen of Rock N' Roll" Suzi Quatro talks about her new album The Devil In Me, poetry, and Rock culture

"I want my music and lyrics to be heard, and most important to be understood. When I write, I go way down deep and talk about what I know. When somebody says to me that heard a certain song and it touched them, I am happy and the artiste in me is satisfied."

Suzi Quatro: Rock n' Roll Queen

The "Queen of Rock N' Roll" Suzi Quatro released her new…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 19, 2021 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran musician Charlie Souza, bass player, vocalist, performer, writer and producer in the music over five decades

"I’ve learned that the hardest thing to do when you’re an artist/musician/writer, is to get outside of yourself and listen to others to help understand what makes the music work and flow even better. Some of us haven’t been able to do that since our own level of talent keeps us self -involved."

Charlie Souza: Live Your Dream…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 17, 2021 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with multitalented Paul Moran - his unique artistry is heard in both the R&B, Jazz, and across into film and TV

"I just want my music to lift people, take them on a journey, leave them feeling like they have experienced something great. Music is the food of the soul."

Paul Moran: The Jazz Geordie

Paul Moran is a Hammond organist, pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. Paul Moran’s unique artistry is heard in both the R&B, Jazz, and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 16, 2021 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Texas-based photographer and cattlemen Watt M. Casey Jr. his work appears in numerous albums and books

"I hope that music and the many images I have will resonate with people from all walks of life, encourage them, cause folks to think about what they see and hopefully have a lasting positive impact that helps them view then climb new horizons."

Watt Casey, Jr.: My Guitar Is a Camera

Watt M. Casey Jr. is a professional photographer and cattlemen…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 16, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Professor of French & Francophone studies, Mary Gallagher talks about the Creole Culture and Lafcadio Hearn

"I think Hearn would tell us to cherish both the diversity and the interdependence and oneness of both natural and cultural life, human, non-human and transhuman, to respect the planet, and to take care of all its creatures and forms, especially the most modest and vulnerable."

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The Creole Blues of Lafcadio…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 16, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with jazz-fusion guitarist Gerald Gradwohl - working at the highest international level of quality, jazz meets rock

"Music should not be available for free! Spotify for example should pay at least 1 cent per stream. If that doesn’t change, most of us will not be able to produce further records. The record business is down so there has to be a solution for this. Streaming is fine but there has to be a proper payment for the artists - They are the main reason that people can listen to cool music-not the companies!!"…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 14, 2021 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with legendary singer of The Buckinghams, Carl Giammarese - songs to chronicle the highlights of life

"To be successful always be honest and true. Whether it’s recording or playing live, you cannot fool your audience. You have to make your music honestly and hope that is what they want to hear and see. Also, that it takes a lot of focus and sacrifice. Always give your best, because you’re being given the opportunity to do what you love every day of your life. Respect and appreciate your fans."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 12, 2021 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with versatile guitarist Jimmy Warren who pushes beyond his limits, and sharing the stage with music legends

"You have to be yourself. You cannot let others dictate who or what you have to say musically. Some will dig what you do, others not so much. Once you discover your path, you blaze it! There are so many voices that can be negative or detrimental, simply ignore them and press on. The other big thing I've learned is to treat others with 100% total respect. I've learned how important it is to invest in others and how to value them."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 11, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Moroccan-Canadian multi-talented musician Othman Wahabi, has carved out his own niche in blues

"Music has no border and I hope that people will tend to search more the history behind the music they listen too many of them will discover that their music was born or come from a culture that they despise or hate out of Ignorance of course exactly like the blues lot of people are not aware of the Impact of Islam on the American blues and Afro-American music as a whole."

Othman Wahabi:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 11, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with multi-award-winning producer/musician Alec Fraser Jr. toured and worked with many world-class artists

"Roots based music is a favorite genre of mine because the songwriting speaks to me. It has those wonderful elements of truth, vulnerability, and hope that I inject in my songs."

Alec Fraser, Jr: On The Wings of the Wind

Multi-award-winning producer/musician Alec Fraser, Jr. has, at long last, released his first solo recording, On The…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 11, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Pittsburgh-based trio Aris Paul Band, influenced by blues, funk, soul, folk, alt. country, and hard rock

"Real music can’t help but reflect the social climate in which it was constructed. I feel that this band sets out to either tell a story or unpack a problem. That may sound depressing, but truth is, singing about these problems and flawed characters allows us to come together and make that a joyous occasion."

Aris Paul Band: Red-Eyed, Road Rock…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 10, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

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