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Greek Blues Scene: Q&A with blues-rock musician Bill Markos, old school roots with modern notes and vibes

"Blues is truth. Blues is life itself. This has an impact to everyone. Everybody has the Blues like the great Albert King said. I think Blues music continues to generate a devoted following worldwide for the same reason. Not only in Greece. Blues will always be around!"

Bill Markos: Troublemaker Blues

Greek musician Bill Markos (Vasilis Markos)…

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Q&A with veteran blues legend Johnny Tucker, sings from his soul, and never do it the same more than once

"I see my life through the eyes of a blues man and I react to the people in the crowd. My music heals and sends a message of hope, and love. I see people loving music - all colors, all different - but most just want to groove, just like me."

Johnny Tucker: Keeping The Blues Alive 

Johnny Tucker is the tenth child born of nineteen siblings to a…

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Q&A with Ev Gold & Paul Claro of CINEMA CINEMA, a New York experimental art punk duo with no rules

"I want people to recognize that music is a universal language that we are blessed to share. It breaks barriers and brings strangers together, all around the world."

CINEMA CINEMA: Art Punk ...and Beyond

New York experimental art punk duo CINEMA CINEMA continues their partnership with Nefarious Industries for the upcoming August 20 release…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 10, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Clarence Spady, the Pennsylvania guitarist has followed the footsteps of the soul-blues pioneer

"People who know how it feels to run the other way when they see the cops or risk discriminatory behavior; and that whole feeling of panic when you see the red and blue lights turn on behind you. The music itself is a part of the blues, but blues is also a feeling and an experience that’s expressed through music. Some express it through dance. Others through poetry."

Clarence Spady: The Soul of The…

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Q&A with Iowa-based Avey Grouws Band, deep connection to the Quad Cities and the music of the Mississippi River

"When I found blues, I found freedom. Freedom to sing the pain, to wail, to moan, to feel. And with that ability to feel and to release also comes joy and celebration and humor, which you can also find in this music. Freedom to experience the pain and the joy of life. Blues is life."

Avey Grouws Band: Heartbeat Music

With a deep…

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Q&A with Mike MacDonald & Tyler Pantlin of Shakey Trill, an original, gutsy and raw blues/folk duo based in Ontario

"I miss the rawness of the old blues recordings. As time has went on I feel like things have become overproduced and in turn may have lost sight of the true meaning of what this style of music should be. Music is always evolving and the best thing for the future of the blues in my opinion is to try and get back to the roots. That being said there are many talented acts and blues musicians out there today, you just have to dig a little deeper to find them.…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 4, 2021 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with soul/blues singer Lisa Mills, melodic and soulfully-honest way with blues, gospel and soul influences

"An obvious, historical example in the US was how music broke down the barriers to race divisions—Fans, white and black mingling at early Rock n Roll shows. I just want people to feel what I am singing, to get some kind of healing and truth from it."

Lisa Mills: Southern Royal Soul

Lisa Mills is a soul/blues singer who belts out her music in a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 2, 2021 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with legendary Italian singer Bernardo Lanzetti of PFM/Acqua Fragile, released a new solo album “Horizontal Rain”

"Today there is no such an impact. Music is mostly just layered sounds in the background endured to avoid facing menacing Silence… I already wrote about making music which, in the end, should always be fun while listening to music other mechanisms come into action with no filter whatsoever for all humankind. To answer your question about “affecting people” I see organized sounds and silences, along with verbal poetry,…

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Q&A with Milwaukee based, Altered Five Blues Band - bringing all the blues power they could generate in their new album

"Blues doesn’t have many boundaries. There are common forms but also other ways to express the sound and feeling.  The irony is that most blue music make people happy when they hear it. The music is always evolving but the roots of the sound are simplicity and emotion."

Altered Five Blues Band: Blues Power!…

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Q&A with multitalented award-winning artist Jennifer Porter, a musician's musician blessed with a beautiful voice

"I would hope that my music would make a lonely person feel less alone. That it would help them feel seen. Music is such a shared experience, both between the musicians playing together, and between the musicians and the audience. Even when someone is listening to my music alone in a room, I would want them to feel that they are a part of that sharing."

Jennifer Porter: Sun Come And…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 23, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with acoustic blues slide guitarist Donna Herula, passion for Deep South and Chicago blues improvisation

"My hope is that modern musicians will continue to play from their hearts and share their stories about life with their listeners. It is our job to keep this great music alive!"

Donna Herula: The Fresh Blues Blossom

Donna Herula is a Chicago-born singer and acoustic blues slide guitarist that has a passion for playing traditional Delta and country…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 15, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran roots multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk, a troubadour, eternal idealist and peace loving realist

"Music allows us to feel human, love, tread lightly and taste a little wisdom to appreciate the sanctity of all life. Music can turn us towards compassion."

Matt Turk: New York Roots Troubadour 

Matt Turk is a musician, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, veteran performer, troubadour, bandleader, eternal idealist, peace loving…

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

Q&A with Tiffany Pollack, born and raised in New Orleans, where she began singing as soon as she could talk

"Music is such a universal form of expression. People have used music to express heavy emotion for ages. Think about the war cries of ancient tribes to create a sense of being connected with one another so they could operate as one. Music can unite us. In church people sing together to worship as one. Human beings need to feel connected to one another. When people come together in song it is powerful."…

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

Q&A with Minnesota based Mark Cameron - continues his mission to hone his skills as a blues storyteller

"The blues is about conflict, often times conflict that ultimately goes unresolved. I love the idea of seeing trouble as fuel: fuel for your soul, for expression and for action. The Blues is a motivating force if you let it act on you in a good way."

Mark Cameron: Let The Good Times Roll

Minnesota based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mark…

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Veteran bluesman Bob Angell talks about Hubert Sumlin, Ginsberg, John Mayall, Big Walter Horton, and RI scene

"The Beats really had the blues…and bopped to the beat of modern jazz. They also connected to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly and Sonny & Brownie."

Bob Angell: Supernal US Classical Music

Fresh album by Bob Angell, but a main-stay in the East Coast blues scene for many years. As Angell’s longtime mentor, the fabled Hubert Sumlin said,…

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

4th Thrill Blues Festival - The Heartbeat of the Blues in Southern East Europe, Trilj Croatia (Photos / Part 1st)

"The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. It's better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on. The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues." ~ Willie Dixon 

4th Thrill Blues Festival, Trilj Croatia:

The Heartbeat of the Blues in…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 8, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Nashville-based multitalented Andy Peake, has been surrounded by music since his formative days

"Make peace with the blues. Some days are going to beat the hell out of you but it's all part of the tour. Celebrate the craziness that the music experience brings. My life would have been a hell of a lot more boring were it not for the extreme and even at times life threatening experiences I have had. Dance if you feel like it."

Andy Peake: Music City's Mood Swing…

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

Q&A with blues/rock guitarist Jeff Fetterman - aggressive style of playing is both passionate and heart-felt.

"I want my music to impact people emotionally, I want to get into their soul, I want to be in their heart and in their emotions, I want to connect with them physically and emotionally, I want them to be a part of my show and feel like they are close with the band. I want to connect with them like they know us personally."

Jeff Fetterman: Southern Son…

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

Q&A with California-based Blues Americana siren Katie Knipp - dips into a deeper music reservoir of intensity

"Music should be a healing escape that has no boundaries.  When a crowd of 10,000 people are singing a line to a song together, that's pretty special. If you feel like shedding some tears with some pizza and wine, music will help with that. If you need a mood lift, the right song will do the trick. We are in an age where all kinds of artistic inspiration can be available to us, and it's exciting."…

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Q&A with NYC-based Adam Schultz, focuses on jazz and blues guitar, fusing the two genres in his own unique style

"I definitely miss the grit. I’m a younger guy, so my world has always been surrounded by technology and everything has become very corporate in the world. It’s hard to create authentic music in an industry that demands accessible music no matter the cost to the message."

Adam Schultz: Soulful Distancing

Born in 2002 and raised in New York City,…

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