July 2016 Blog Posts (24)

Q&A with saxophonist/composer Rich Halley - based in the tradition of jazz & blues, express genuine emotion

"Jazz and Blues have both changed the culture and in turn have been changed by it. The way musicians view society and culture affects the way they present their music and sometimes this is an expression of political ideas."

Rich Halley: The Nature of Expression…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 29, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments

Q&A with Chicago veteran guitarist Jeff Dale - unique sound having learned and played with the blues masters

"As long as people feel the range of emotions from joy to sadness, grief to elation, blues will remain timeless."

Jeff Dale: Blues Spirit & Good Music…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Interview with Aussie Isaiah B. Brunt, a new generation bluesman plucked from the book of blues history

"Today it is good to see a lot more Blues musicians are trying to keep with more traditional structures."

Isaiah B. Brunt: Like Old Good Wine

Isaiah B. Brunt has been a top production person and studio…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 28, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Israeli-born Bat-Or Kalo of blues/rock band KALO - tinged by the music and culture of Mississippi

"Music is a great equalizer. Art reflects the freedom of the soul. Art reflects the truth of its time, and is pure. It speaks the truth in a way all of us can understand and access."

KALO: The Mighty Mississippi…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 28, 2016 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Q&A with tour manager/MC “Scrap Iron” - a veritable character of Blues culture and veteran of chitlin’ circuit

"The blues is a part of my culture, just like country and western is to Caucasian. A lot of people say you have to FEEL the blues, but I think the blues is in your heart, mind and soul. You have to feel it in order to live it."

Scrap Iron: The Blues Is…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with multi-talented musician and activist Andy Irvine -- music is a timeless and a universal language

"We keep hammering away at the meanness, the racism and the power of Multi National Corporations. It’s all we can do. If society was run by folk musicians, there would be much more equality in the world!!"

Andy Irvine: The Union Of Folk…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 22, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Italian Bluesman Mike Sponza talks about European scene, Roman literature, Bob Margolin and Louisiana Red

"I think it’s not important how you PLAY the music, but how you LIVE it."

Mike Sponza: Cogito Ergo Sum

Blues, soul and rock’ n’ roll are the key words to describe Mike Sponza, guitarist, singer and composer,…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 19, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Interview with Eddie "Devil Boy" Turner - running the gamut between blistering guitar to deep Delta Blues

"Blues music is currently an American musical form or style and today has nothing to do with it’s past. There are exceptions … musicians that have an actual historical link, but they are few." 

Eddie Turner: Buried…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 19, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian blues musician Jordan Patterson - sophisticated songs and refreshing blend of blues n' roll

"Proudly, blues music is the one style of music that has singlehandedly bridged the gap between people, places and politics from around the world."

Jordan Patterson: Back To The Groove

After spending…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 18, 2016 at 10:36am — No Comments

Professor Hassan Melehy talks about Jack Kerouac, counterculture literature, music, Lord Byron and Descartes

"All of the best literature is countercultural because it challenges commonly accepted ways of thinking and living."

Hassan Melehy: Langue, Poésie et Musique

Hassan Melehy is Professor of…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 15, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with multi-talented artist Kay Kostopoulos -- theatrical, emotional sensitivity in her lush and sensuous voice

"It (Blues & Jazz) is a shared interest among those dedicated to the art—we respect one another—honor the music above all. This transcends race and politics."

Kay Andreas Kostopoulos: Exotica

Black Olive…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 15, 2016 at 10:51am — No Comments

Interview with The Lucky Losers (Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz) -- the new sound of American Roots music

"Blues & Jazz have practically defined a whole musical culture in which by the end of the 20th century had become embedded in the mainstream of American society."

The Lucky Losers: Yin & Yang Blues…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 15, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Interview with "Michissippi Mick" Kolassa, a hardcore blues fan and active participant in the Blues scene

"A genuine bluesman (or woman) also has a sense of humor that goes deep – they don’t take themselves or much of anything except their music too seriously." 

Mick Kolassa: The Heart of Blues…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 14, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Philip Ratcliffe, an aficionado of the sounds of the Deep South talks about Mississippi John Hurt

"The thing I miss most is that so many of these wonderful people have gone and they can never be replaced. There were all these people around in the 1960s and if I’d known then what I know now I would have gone and met them; John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, Son House, Skip James, Etta Baker, Dock Boggs, Archie Edwards, etc."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 14, 2016 at 10:48am — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian virtuoso guitarist/singer Paul DesLauriers - undeniably part of the 'Maple Blues' elite

"I think all music brings people together, when we enjoy music from any part of the world, it reminds us that we are all brothers and sisters from the same mother, which is this planet Earth."

Paul DesLauriers: Blues-Rock Experiences…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 13, 2016 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Q&A with Polish musician Kinga Glyk - considered the best jazz/blues bassist representing the young generation

"Music is supposed to be beautiful, it should move your heart and it shoul move the hearts of the listeners."

Kinga Głyk: The Rising Star

Kinga Głyk is 19 years old, and she has played more than 100…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Nashville-based duo of Markey Blue & Ric Latina - The Blues Are Knockin' it really hits the spot

"Blues music touches you in such a deep way. Its history and roots are where so many other music genres have come from. There is such accessibility and community in Blues music."

Markey Blue: Blues To The Next Level…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 11, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An Interview with California based Chase Walker - the next generation of the blues has come calling!

"Blues is more about expressing emotion through a singer note than any other genera I have played."

Chase Walker: The Rising Age of Blues

This is a story about what a kid and a guitar can accomplish in a few…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 11, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Romania's premier blues artist A.G. Weinberger - a bridge between American blues and Balkan area

"We all walking the path paved by our glorious predecessors, and yes… we all have to cherish their contribution with the utmost respect and reverence… But I’d rather look ahead and think about the future…"

A.G. Weinberger: Bluesylvania Tales…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 10, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Canadian poet and writer Stanley Fefferman talks about the blues, jazz, poetry, Homer, Naropa and Mingus

"The Blues is very similar to literary elegy and satire, it is the expression of longing and loss."

Stanley Fefferman: Wonderful World

Canadian Stanley Fefferman is professor emeritus at York University,…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on July 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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