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Q&A with veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist Forrest McDonald - earthshaking, soul-stirring music distilled in the blues

"It’s time to all join hands. We’ve got to live together. It’s time to stand up united as one through the hard times and stormy weather. I say hey, hey, the Blues is all right!"

Forrest McDonald: Blues In A Bucket

Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Forrest McDonald has been performing and recording earthshaking, soul-stirring music…

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Interview with brilliant multi-talented artist Bill Payne about the art, the music, the life, the counterculture, the world

"My foundation as an artist is the belief in: ... the nobleness of the arts and our effort as artists...writers...teachers...conveyors of thought, is to be mindful of the challenge and the importance of what we do. The essence of our efforts, I believe, is to illuminate the path of a measured truth, and to reflect and mirror that truth through the veil of our craft, taking aim at ourselves, our society, our world, with utmost respect to…

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Q&A with Oregon-based singer/songwriter Rae Gordon - serves up a potent stew of gritty blues and heartfelt soul

"I really wish that music got as much emphasis in our schools as math and language do. When I was in elementary school, music class really grabbed my attention and I enjoyed it so much, but then the school decided to discontinue the music program and I was so disappointed."

Rae Gordon: Blues & Soul Experiences

The multi-award-winning Rae…

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Q&A with L.A. band of Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns, the “Hardest Working Band in Soul Business”

"Some may argue the 50's and 60's were the hay day, however, I think there's always going to be players, singers and bands that love Soul and Blues. Los Angeles is a melting pot of characters that come from around the world to seek success in music, film, arts and all the creative fields. Soul and Blues is timeless and will always be represented."

Jack Mack & The Heart…

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Q&A with Sugaray Rayford, a rising star in the international Blues community, has been nominated for a Grammy Award

"Well, Blues just like rap has always been the news of the streets and neighborhoods it is the CNN of life in the ghetto or poor!"

Sugaray Rayford: Southern Soul Blues

Texas-born soul blues singer and songwriter, “Sugaray” Rayford has released six albums to date and was awarded “BMA soul blues artist of the year” in 2019. Sugaray Rayford,…

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Q&A with London-based bassist/composer Andrew John - heavy grooved style coupled with a melodic musical outlook

"I'll probably be showing my age but I miss a great songs and great albums the most. I'm particularly drawn to the 70s in terms of everything driven from a black perspective. The great musicians, movies, fashion and sports stars that came out of that period… whether that's the Afro hairstyle, Muhammad Ali, Stevie Wonder or Viv Richards."

Andrew John: Music From The Soul…

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Q&A with Canada based singer-songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson - pushes the boundaries of Blues into a new dimension

"Blues was an expression of community and solidarity. And it was the beginnings of all western popular music. From jazz to Rock and Roll. Motown, Soul, R n' B, Hip-Hop and even Rap can all be traced back to it."

Dawn Tyler Watson: Lady Sings The Blues

With more than two decades of performing arts in her playbook and five albums to her credit,…

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Q&A with multi-talented artist, Janice Harrington, renowned singer of Blues, Jazz and Gospel, producer and actress

"In this day and age everyone can relate to the Blues just take a look at the unrest all over the world if that isn't the Blues, I don't know what is. Gospel on the other hand is healing the Spirit. Every morning I wake up giving thanks to God for a new day. Jazz blows all you cares away. "But it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing"."

Janice Harrington: The Great Grand…

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Q&A with drummer Brian Mullins of The Cold Stares, Indiana based hard-rocking, southern-rock inspired band

"I hope music is a release from those exact things that divide us. All music. I want to get as far away from that division as I can, personally. Many acts I love have had political statements, lyrics, causes, platforms and so on. That doesn’t have anything to do with what I love about their art, whether I agree with them or not."

Brian Mullins: Southern Rock Blues Ways…

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Q&A with trombonist Birch "Crimson Slide" Johnson - Emmy nominated composer, producer and songwriter based in NYC

"As far as the future of music, no fears at al­­l--I’m excited to hear it. I’ve always loved new music, and frankly, it’s usually what I listen to when given the choice."

Birch Johnson: Crimson Slide

Birch "Crimson Slide" Johnson is a first call studio trombonist, Emmy nominated composer, producer and songwriter based in New York City. His…

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Australian artist Pauline Bailey talks about her art and book "Blues Portrait - A profile of the Australian blues scene"

"I think art and the blues/rock counterculture brings people together, not only musicians but photographers too."

Pauline Bailey: Down Under Artwork

Australian artist Pauline Bailey, says: “I was born in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh and have lived in Gippsland since 1990. I work primarily with acrylics and I often incorporate pastel, charcoal…

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Q&A with Cuba-born pianist and composer Elio Villafranca - collaborated with leading jazz and Latin jazz artists

“Jazz has always been in the middle of racial political, spiritual, and socio-cultural struggles. Jazz in my opinion is the most inclusive form of music that exist. Jazz also offers a very unique and particular way of freedom of expression, which has been from it beginning a powerful tool for musicians all around the world to express their views about everything such as, social inequality, racial and gender discrimination, cultural differences,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 9, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with guitarist John Campbell of ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? - the top Jimi Hendrix Tribute band in Europe

"That music would unite people with the message that Jimi Hendrix tried to promote Love, Happiness, and Peace!"

John Campbell: Are You Experienced?

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? Are widely acknowledged as the top Jimi Hendrix Tribute band in Europe. They were formed in 1996 by guitarist John Campbell. John (an ardent longtime Hendrix fan)…

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Q&A with acoustic blues pioneer Catfish Keith - one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time

"Blues music is at the heart of our very rich heritage of growing up in the United States. There is a lot of noise and distraction nowadays to confuse and waste the only thing we really have, which is time, and a limited amount of it, at that. Don’t waste it! The impact of Blues is elemental and powerful. It began, and is, Black, African-American music, but it is embraced and preserved by everyone, now."…

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Q&A with Texas-based Scott "Janky" Lindsey - music with lopsided, janky sound focused on having a good time

"I feel blues these days is really too broad. Most of what people refer to as the blues is nothing more than rock and roll. Contemporary blues for the most part has become too predictable. The important thing about the blues is to make it your own. This is very, very challenging."

Janky: The Power of Texassippi Groove

Texas-based…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 4, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with pianist/singer Al Copley (co-founder of Roomful of Blues): energy, versatility and impeccable harmony

"Now today the whole world appears to have no answer, no hope, no solutions. So, it's like we are all slaves, but are we going to give up and roll over, or will we keep singing those Blues away? I had no idea what Big Joe Turner meant when he said to us (I was 25 years old) "Don't the Blues make you feel so happy?" Now I know. It's living in spite of trouble, not looking for it nor griping."

Al…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 2, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Czech multi-instrumentalist Jan Korinek - groove with pure blues roots into a soul-jazz-funk feeling

"I think I would want to change the level of patience and sense of subtleness of both the listeners and musicians. These days you have to be a bit more "extreme" to even get noticed. People don't seem to appreciate the simplicity and will to just groove without some fast and crazy soloing lines."

Jan Korinek: Groove All Night Long

“GROOVE” - No…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 1, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with prolific blues-rocker Popa Chubby - has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world

"When rock 'n' roll first happened it was a threat to the mainstream. When Chuck Berry happened it was a threats white America. When the bad brains happened it was a threat to rock 'n' roll."

Popa Chubby: It's A Mighty Hard Road

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music…

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Q&A with Dutch publicist Hans Broere, having been in the music business for a quarter century

"Regardless of genres, music can be a way of addressing racial or other problems. Does it have any effect? I’m not sure but it defnitely doesn’t hurt expressing your thoughts and feelings. Does it matter anyway what colour your skin is? We all bleed red! Do we need to agree on everything? I don’t think so. It’s okay to disagree, to have your own opinion, as long as you don’t enter extremist territory."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 29, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger - original blues songs and instrumental gems

"My fear is that now music is everywhere with platforms and magic is lost!"

Guy Bélanger: Welcome To Eldorado

Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger released his 6th solo album, Eldorado on October 2019 by Bros Records. This long-awaited new release features a mix of original blues songs and instrumental gems…

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