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Q&A with composer and musician Susan Alcorn, one of the world’s premiere exponents of pedal steel guitar

"Humans are social creatures, and musicians are human beings (at least I think they are), so especially when they are playing with and for other people, music is a social act."

Susan Alcorn: The Words of Music

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 6, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with singer/songwriter Juliet Hawkins - modern troubadour with footprints in both the soul and rock worlds

"I want people to feel, to think, to let go of fear, to look inward; most importantly I want my music to carry a message of unity and hope. I want people to come together and want to move as one. I want my music to serve as a monkey wrench in the machine that is our society."

Juliet Hawkins: Lead with Love

A modern troubadour with…

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Q&A with New York-based multitalented musician Tomás Doncker - a pioneer of the global soul movement

"The impact of music in society is, and always will be, huge. It can open hearts & minds, and shape, inform, and galvanize people's actions. The opportunity I have to do this, as my life's work, affords me a way to positively impact people's lives and create positive change. I make it my business to on the side of positivity. Always."

Tomás Doncker: Global Soul…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 1, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Indianapolis based musician Jon Strahl - deep fried in the blues but never loses sight of rock and roll

"Music is meant to bring people together; I can only hope that our music could do that. Music is the common language."

John Strahl: Future Blues with Roots

Heartache and Toil (2020), the new album from the Jon Strahl Band, is deep fried in the blues but never loses sight of rock and roll. Over the record’s 12…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 30, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Midwest-based musician Kevin Burt - dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa

"In my opinion, Blues is the “Folk Music” of North American Blacks. It is the only folk music that other cultures declare that they know it, understand it, can play it, better than its cultural creators. For example, there are not multiple societies of people in Mexico with multiple local bands saying, let’s give the people some polka. As a culture, I believe that more Black Folks in North America need to reconnect, support, appreciate and respect all of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 28, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Marlon Montgomery, son of Mike Montgomery (Back Street Crawler) set to a release tribute album for his father

"Music is one of the greatest forms of expression and provides people with a voice, and want to see it continue to be used to convey important social messages to the community at large, whether it is political, social, economic, or just plain bringing hope and joy. Music is a tremendous medium to convey a message and story. Some artists may have introverted personalities but speak volumes with every note they play on their…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 26, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Reverend Beat-Man, not only an one-man band, it is A MISSION and Mission for the Blues Trash church

"Music you can’t see or you can’t touch … it’s something like magic or religion this is an amazing tool to touch people, it can move people, music is the most direct and wonderful art in the world, that is the reason many religions or governments want to forbid music because it is so damn free of everything..."

Reverend Beat-Man:

Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 26, 2020 at 12:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Rosemary Manno - poet, artist, lover of foreign tongues, the natural world and revolutionary struggle

"I’ve learned that all perspectives are definitely not equal, that culture is the quality of life. Love and respect are most important, the sin of pride is the most dangerous, common courtesy is a given. To love and be loved is all. I’ve never personally had anything to complain about besides social conditions. I’ve learned it’s too easy to be weak and decisiveness is key. Class struggle and solidarity show the way to a better world. I’ve learned that…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 25, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Head Honchos (Rocco Calipari Sr. & Rocco Calipari Jr.), continues to creatively refine their Blues craft for a musically astute 21st Century audience.

"Blues is definitely it's own identifiable music and it does have an artistic movement. There are always new blues artists showing up and that's a great thing. It's here to stay like Rock n Roll it will never die."

Head Honchos: Blues Alliance

HEAD HONCHOS continues to creatively refine their Blues craft for a musically astute 21st Century…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 23, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi, one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over

"We know it’s impacted world culture in many ways. So much music is inspired by jazz even if it doesn’t sound like jazz and because it was born from the African-American experience which was couched in racism and civil unrest, it will always carry with it a deep concern for diplomacy and human dignity. With instrumental music it’s not as easy to convey a message but I hope listeners feel something emotional and real when hearing my…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 23, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with multitalented artist Nigel Barker - a combination of true grit and grace, makes the world a better place

"Music should excite. It can do that in many ways. Intellectually and emotionally but fundamentally it’s three minutes or so of excitement and as an artist the game is to pack those three minutes with as much stimulating stuff as possible."

Nigel Barker: The Art To Be Artist

If you imagine Beck with Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen with the Delta Saints…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 21, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with talented singer/songwriter Dione Taylor - a musical odyssey explores the deep sacred, healing journey back to the self

"Positive Music is timeless and full of energy and light. Positive music brings people together, it doesn’t discriminate or exclude people because of their racial, spiritual or socio-cultural background. Positive music inspires people to work together for the greater good. Positive music heals, it doesn’t steal."

Dione Taylor: The Spirits of Prairie Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 18, 2020 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Soulful blues singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier - funk, soul, and blues into every powerful performance

"Blues, rock, and soul music is truthful music and is about the good times and the bad times. I want the world to be a fair and equal place for everyone and I live life that way too in song and in daily life."

Vanessa Collier: Earth, Wind & Fire

Soulful blues singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier's most recent album, titled "Heart On The…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 16, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Louisiana Music Hall of Famer, Lucas Spinosa - keyboard player with a remarkable talent for songwriting

"Stay true to yourself, don't try to be something you are not. Do not let the outside forces try to change you to something they want you to be. Each person is unique and should always be confident in who they are. I'm built from rhythm & blues, swamp pop, traditional country and rock 'n' roll; that's what I'm made of."

Lucas Spinosa: Southern Music Memories…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 14, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Billy Livesay - touch your heart and quench your soul - released a brand new album with his group The Livesays

"The power of music can culturally, morally, and emotionally influence our society. Not only the way we dress, influencing style, the way we listen to music, Medicine (therapeutic soothing), it has also brought about more socio-cultural change than most people realize. Farm Aid, Live Aid, We Are The World, Concert for Bangladesh; everytime there is a catastrophe anywhere in the world, you can count on world class artists and musicians to step up and lend a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 12, 2020 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Boris Hrepić Hrepa & Antonija Vrgoč Rola from the Croatian blues duo of Sunnysiders

"The music was, is, and it will always be one of the strongest, easiest, deepest and fastest connections between people no matter where they come from, how different they are, how old they are, what languages they speak and what skin colour they are. These connections are The Bridges."

Sunnysiders: The (Blues) Bridges of Music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 11, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Memphis-based musician John Németh, has been bridging the lines between Blues, Soul and Americana

"Blues and Soul is music of hope, originated by a people, who had to survive on hope. The feeling of despair and repair are still felt today. Memphis struggles with poverty and maybe is one of the most impoverished cities in America. I just want to help people feel better and performing songs about familiar troubles might make a person feel less lonely."

John Németh: Stronger Than…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 8, 2020 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Interview with bluesman Kirk Fletcher - widely considered one of the best blues guitarists across the globe

"It’s there even if people don't know it, Blues is soul, so anything soulful has a bit of blues and emotion to it. It's pure at least the true blues is to me."

Kirk Fletcher: My Blues Pathway

Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, Kirk Fletcher has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 4, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Beat scholar, poet, filmmaker, musician Thomas Antonic talks about music, poetry and the Beat Generation

"Because the Beats addressed many issues already in the 50s that we still have to deal with and are still red hot. Simple as that. And since mainstream writing is still as conservative as ever and still lacks courage, it’s still inspiring and refreshing to read Beat poetry and all their successors throughout the decades."

Dr. Thomas Antonic: The Beats Go On..…

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Q&A with Boston-based Barrett Anderson - Intensity, originality, creativity, and passion are at the heart of band's philosophy

"I believe Blues, when done well, has always provided that joy – that release – for people. This is not sad music. This is music that allows people to come together, to communally surpass their troubles, and escape from their problems. Blues music gives people energy, it gives people life. Blues music – when done right – connects with people intrinsically, it matters, and it makes someone happy. It brings joy. That is how I hope my music affects…

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