July 2020 Blog Posts (15)

Q&A with North Carolina-based Derek Wesley Arnold, a talented touring performer, songwriter, and music instructor

"I hope it gives cause for many more people to "do music brain." Access to these levels of knowledge, wisdom, and creative potential are unmatched in our human timeline. To waste them would be a great tragedy."

Derek Wesley Arnold: Daydreams In Music

Derek Wesley Arnold is an American songwriter and performer from Clayton, North Carolina. He began…

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Q&A with the Northwest’s best kept secret CD Woodbury, an award winning contemporary blues, roots, rock, and multi-genre musician

"I guess my hopes and fears surround whether artists outside of the mainstream, most successful, can survive and live. That the art of making organized noise is valued enough that people can dedicate their life to that craft."

CD Woodbury: World’s Gone Crazy

From a reputation as an ace sideman and “The Northwest’s best kept secret” in the Pacific…

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Q&A with blues troubadour Pete Thelen - the Blues have always been a part of his life, pushing his limits and ours

"Make the best of the situation you’re in. Keep an open mind. No matter how many miles you travel, it’s a small world after all."

Pete Thelen: Musical Journeys

A few years after the Second World War, Pete Thelen was born into the American Midwest’s cradle of blues: Chicago. He spent his first seventeen years there, listening to rock and roll and…

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Veteran manager and producer Bob Bell talks about the Blues, Reggae, Trojan Records and Roomful of Blues

"Trojan Records touched me in many ways ... mostly in that it instilled a long and fortunately very lasting appreciation for Jamaican music and culture. That the music from that era continues to excite and inspire is because it is culturally and musically valid, good tunes, well played with feeling and originality by good musicians."

Bob Bell: One World, One Love, One…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 13, 2020 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Argentina-born musician Federico Verteramo, shared the stage with prominent musicians of the international Blues circuit

"I think music is one of the most equalizing things in this unfair world. I just hope that my music, and music in general, can make as many people as possible happy. And the best thing that can happen: inspire someone to do something, to say something. Give a message and have someone to receive and interpret it in his own way."

Federico Verteramo: The Blues Is Alright…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 12, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Finnish bluesman Micke Bjorklof - one of the most popular and exciting roots & blues act in Scandinavia

"Blues music connects and brings people together on many levels all around the world. Learning about the history of the music you also learn about the culture. You should never underestimate the power of music."

Micke Björklöf: Dr. Blues Healer

Bandleader and singer Micke Björklöf founded Blue Strip with bass…

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Q&A with guitarist/singer Daniel Castro, one of the most dynamic blues guitarists performing in the West Coast

"Blues started through the hardships of black people in this country, and it spread to the wider audience of a multicultural nation and world. Blues speaks to the human experience because it comes from a place of deep feeling. Most people when they hear the blues, they recognize something in it because they feel the power of it."

Daniel Castro: Deep Strong Blues Love …

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Q&A with talanted guitarist/singer Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues-he lives and breathes the blues

"I do think music is a direct reflection of what’s going on in the world yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I also believe with a powerful song you can sway the direction of a culture, but few have ever done that."

Hector Anchondo: All Directions Blues

Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues— he lives and breathes the blues. At 16-years-old, the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 9, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with saxophone player Richard Laitaile (Roomful of Blues) - play both sides of the fence, lyrically tender or blisteringly hot

"I believe the music we play at it’s best makes people feel good, want to get up and move, and is an honest, no frills expression of the human experience."

Richard Laitaile: In A Roomful Of Blues

Richard Laitaile (tenor & alto sax) joined Roomful of Blues in 1970 and was there at the beginning of what has become the most legendary…

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Q&A with Greek guitarist and composer Foko Bouklis - music for the music listener not the music consumer

"Music is the closest we get to the Divine. I would like music to bring people together, make them happy, compassionate and alert."

Foko Bouklis: Heaven vs Hell 

Foko (Fokion) Bouklis is a guitarist and composer currently living and working in Thessaloniki, Greece. Back in 1981, Foko moved to the US to study at Berklee College of…

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Q&A with Lone Star's bluesman Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones - active supporting role in many influential and popular icons in the blues

"Blues music has made me see the world more realistic. Even though different places have different cultures, we go thru some of the same situations and have some of the same problems."

Andrew ‘Jr.Boy’ Jones: A True Bluesman

Andrew ‘Jr. Boy’ Jones was raised in Dallas, Texas, by his mother Gladys, who was a single parent after divorcing her husband…

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Q&A with marvelous Sugar Ray Norcia, have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years

"Blues is human emotion conveyed through a simple form of music. Everybody can relate to that."

Sugar Ray Norcia: New England's Tones

Sugar Ray Norcia is a soul blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known for his work with his backing band, The Bluetones, with whom he has released seven albums since 1980. Norcia started to play his…

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Q&A with musician and poet Al Basile - falling comfortably between blues, jazz and the story of American roots music

"Writers try hard to put into words what musicians express through their voices and instruments – a lot of them wish they could play, and since they can't they try to get close to the power of music with their words."

Al Basile: Words, Music & Rhy(th)ms

Al Basile grew up in a park in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He graduated from Phillips Academy…

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Q&A with prodigious guitarist Bill Harkleroad (aka Zoot Horn Rollo) - music traveler of the art and language of music

"Blues is at the core of everything I do musically. Truthfully I didn't and don't feel a part of Rock culture. Maybe onlookers see me as part of it...I was playing and wanted to be an artist...nothing outside of my own world."

Zoot Horn Rollo: Lunar Notes, Magic Blues

Bill Harkleroad, known professionally as Zoot Horn Rollo, is a prodigious…

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Q&A with Tony Cardenas-Montana and Brentt Arcement of Shadow & The Thrill, songs of salvation to soothe the soul

"This music is healing and can bring people together. There is way too much divisiveness happening today. We can come together under music, and celebrate all the things we have in common – being decent human beings. I want them to get happy, feel free, get healed, feel amorous, dance and let go! Music should allow you to freak out without being judged. Come to a show and sing LOUDLY!  I’ll sing with you!"…

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