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Chicago-based multitalented artist Nicholas Tremulis talks about Gregory Corso, Hubert Sumlin and the Blues

"Music was the best ambassador of equality out there and probably still is, if you want it to be, that is..."

Nicholas Tremulis: Windy City Poet

Nicholas Tremulis born in 1960 to a jazz piano-playing father and a blues-singing mother, Tremulis grew up in the city's Greektown and in suburban Northbrook. The household was full of music and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 19, 2021 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Italian Hammond B-3 player Luca Kiella Chiellini - high energy describes the approach to his music

"The racial discrimination and socio-cultural differences go away with the music, and it’s the best part of it in my opinion. It equalizes everything and everyone, and it is extremely important in a world like the one with have today, where both in Europe and the USA old racial and social discrimination is coming back."

Luca Kiella Chiellini: The Caesar of Keys…

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Q&A with guitarist/singer Jeremy Lyons of Vapors of Morphine, Boston-based alternative band with a unique sound and unusual instrumentation

"Unfortunately, most of them are lessons learned too late. Things like having clear objectives for a musical act, organized booking and business practices... The hardest part of this job is the non-musical part -- promotion, social media, fan outreach, and so on. Even if you spend a lot of time on those things you can still get poor results if you neglect the music as a result. Mainly I wish I had listened to other people's advice…

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Q&A with veteran musician Rusty Ends, a true link between the rock and blues of the 50’s/60’s and the 21st century

"The blues is a gift that African Americans gave to American music. The blues was always there at the heart of everything, but it wasn’t expresses with such feeling."

Rusty Ends: Hillbilly Hoo Doo Blues

Rusty Ends is the real deal, a true link between the rock and blues of the 50’s and 60’s and the 21st century. Rusty learned his craft as a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 16, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with iconic UK guitarist Steve Hackett - further exploration of world music, discovering different sounds

"I feel that music crosses borders and heals divisions. Musicians can help build bridges between countries in that way. My fear is that at this time, the popular music has become increasingly superficial and in this digital world, attention span can be short. People often just listen to part of something before moving on to another song. My hope is that the call of music itself will win through, helped by the cultural diversity of today’s…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 15, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with singer and songwriter "Miss Lady Blues", she does not categorize herself solely as a "Blues" artist.

"I feel Blues provides an artist an outlet to freely express his/her ideas regarding real life experiences. In turn, these stories are appreciated by Blues lovers of many ethnic backgrounds. I would like people to feel the emotion within the songs and hopefully be able to relate to the messages."

Miss Lady Blues: Moe Betta Blues

Kesha Boyd…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 14, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Boston-based Erin Harpe & Jim Countryman, one of the most exciting roots rocking blues duo

"Music is for healing in a very crazy world. It is an escape, it is education, it is entertainment. Music is magic!"

Erin Harpe & Jim Countryman:

Joyous Roots Blues Meeting

The Boston-based multi-band leader, producer, indie label owner, singer-songwriter, and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 13, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with New Orleans Folk Rock Diva Lilli Lewis, "the grand-daughter" of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Odetta

"Music is life-affirming, the breath moving through the body has the ability to remind the body that it lives, and that breath intoned can remind a voice that it matters."

Lilli Lewis: The Black Rose of Americana

Beloved New Orleans Folk Rock Diva Lilli Lewis is releasing Americana, her third full album for Louisiana Red Hot…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 12, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with NY-based Tas Cru, a blues eclectic who refuses to let his music be bound to just one blues style

"Blues as art should bring people together from across cultures. I believe it has largely been successful. Just look at how far Blues has travelled the globe. Also, look at all the people who play Blues other than the those who originated it (African-Americans). I just hope that young people will continue to connect with the very foundations and traditions of the music and make Blues music that is meaningful to them and their…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 10, 2021 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with New Orleans-based Jason Ricci, one of the best and most imitated blues harmonica players nowadays

"I guess a life well lived is one that helps others and has some amount of service to others and/or to God or to whatever it is that makes you want to be a better cat."

Jason Ricci: Crescent City's Soundtrack

New Orleans-based artists Jason Ricci and Joe Krown, and will release their debut duo album, City Country City, on October 22, by…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 10, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran bluesman Brad Vickers: the music traveler on the great American highway of roots ’n’ roll

"Blues has made me more centered, and playing it has mellowed me and evened me out."

Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans:

Eclectic American Roots ‘n’ Roll

Guitarist/songwriter BRAD VICKERS learned on the job playing, recording, and touring with America's blues and roots masters:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 10, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Memphis-based drummer Rodd Bland - the son of immortal singer Bobby “Blue” Bland - was born into the blues

"Learn to follow first before you begin to lead. Be honest with yourself and know when to take a step back. Memphis Music Scene, is much more than a scene…it’s a state of being, a state of mind. Mindset of a Memphian, is we are always going to do any and everything with soul power."

Rodd Bland: Born Into The Blues

As the son of immortal singer…

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

Q&A with multi-award winning musician Sue Foley, one of the finest blues and roots artists working today

"I just want the blues to stay alive. It's a pure form of music and it comes from a sacred place. That is from the heart and soul of men and women. It speaks of truth. Learning to play blues is learning about truth, your truth; expressing your own story and your own feelings. It's a really important music to keep alive and it's actually a very difficult music to play and to play well. I just hope future generations love it as much as I…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 7, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with contemporary Greek poet Yannis Livadas - his poems and essays have been translated into twelve languages

"Inspiration comes from life, from all its aspects. I don’t have mentors; Once I had only a poetic grandfather, Blaise Cendrars."

Yannis Livadas:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 4, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with roots musician Davy Knowles - blues and Americana, with poetic songwriting and soulfully emotive vocals

"First and foremost, to move people. The impact (and of course all of this is my own view) should be both an emotional and an intelligent one. Emotional to hopefully inspire, and an intelligent one to lead to their participation in it. To spread the idea that blues, and any folk music, is a story of a people. It’s a human story. It can be brutal, and it can be beautiful, but at all times it must be human, and it must be sincere."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 3, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with bluesman Boo Boo Davis, a survivor and belongs to the last generations of musicians that write and play the blues

"The Blues and I are the same. My life is the blues and blues is my life. The blues deals with all the basic raw elements of life; good and bad, plain and simple."

Boo Boo Davis: Nothin' But The Blues

He was born and raised in Drew, Mississippi in the heart of Delta. It was the richest cotton land in the South and the large amounts of field…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 2, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with versatile guitar player Soren Jordan, working as live-and studio musician with many bands and famous singers

"I think that music has lost a big part of its value for the younger generation, they still love music, and it has still an important role in their lives, but everything is so easily accessible via internet."

Søren Jordan: Blues, Rock & Beyond...

German-born Søren Jordan is a known and versatile guitar player, working as live-and studio…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 1, 2021 at 12:00am — No Comments

Q&A with iconic multitalented artist Hugo Race, delivers intense sonic soundscapes that merge folk, experimentalism, electronica and rock.

"The relationships between musicians are delicate and critical. Keeping your ego in check and your mind open to new patterns and pathways helps you to survive in a very difficult business. Staying true to your personal vision and ignoring the power of the market helps you retain authenticity. Respect the intelligence of your audience. Three little words – no sell out!"

Hugo Race: The Soundtrack of an…

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

Q&A with Stevie J Blues of Urban Ladder Society, all star band with the most diverse and unique musical style ever

"Music plays a huge part in everyday culture, it is important to have music that speaks and relate to a person's everyday situations, sometimes you can be having a very bad day or even dealing with a situation in life and all it takes is the right song at the right time to turn things around, encourage, or even shine light on a total different perspective on the issue at hand, that's another reason why writing is so important."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 29, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian guitarist Davide Pannozzo, described as one of the most interesting artists of contemporary Blues guitar

"The music business is becoming a nightmare for everyone, but for the new generation will be tougher and tougher if A&Rs don’t take the risk to bet on new things. People are hungry for new music!"

Davide Pannozzo: Modern Blues Artist

Davide Pannozzo has been described by critics as one of the most interesting artists of contemporary Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 28, 2021 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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