August 2017 Blog Posts (25)

New York-based poet and artist Aliah A. Rosenthal talks about the Jazz, poetry, Ginsberg and the Beats

"Poetry is the purest form of communication in my opinion. The more poetry that comes out of me, the better I think clearly and therefore even more poetry flows. It’s a perfect cycle of creation and music can make that whole process more colorful."

Aliah Rosenthal: No Hookups…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 30, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Boston-based guitarist Peter Ward talks about his experiences and journeys in the Blues and Western Swing paths

"At a blues symposium in the ‘90s, someone described blues as a river that flows forever. But in my view, if blues is a river it finally released into the ocean."

Peter Ward: Blues on My Shoulders

Raised…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 30, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

Interview with blues guitarist and a former executive at Microsoft, Jim Allchin:how to live life authentically

"Blues is foundational. I think the blues tells emotional stories in a context that lets players communicate freely with their voice or instrument."

Jim Allchin: Pallet of Colors & Sounds

Jim Allchin grew up in…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 28, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with southern blues rock champions, OTIS - from American South, takes blues rock to a higher level!

"It’s amazing how artists and bands back in those days could hit on emotions and write music that brought people together."

OTIS: Eyes Of Southern Blues

From the American South, Kentucky, comes a new…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 27, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Interview with British photographer John Finlayson - convey the emotion of the performance and the performer

"It definitely has had an impact, Elvis was one of the first white artists to work with colored musicians and it enabled him to develop his style outside of the normal constraints of the time. I wish it had more impact now, as we seem to be heading in the wrong direction at the moment in terms of tolerance and understanding."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 25, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Milwaukee-based quintet Altered Five Blues Band -- a swaggering stomp of bruising, barrelhouse grit

"The cliché is true: Blues is a feeling. Rhythmically and lyrically it hits you smack dab in the middle. It’s a form of music that can seem very simple and uniform, yet it’s deceptively complex with layers and layers of nuance."

Altered Five Blues Band:…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 24, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Tulsa higher power vocalist & harmonica player Antry - poured his heart and soul into his debut album

"I love the evolution of the blues. I love the old slow blues and I love the newer blues rock music and artists. I think this demonstrates its ability to evolve while still respecting the past roots of the music. I hope this evolution continues for hundreds of years."

Antry: The Blues Don't…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 24, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian musician Rob Lutes - tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique style

"The tradition is so big and the history so long, there is so much honesty and connection within the songs and stories, the blues holds it all. It's really a kind of gift. A means by which we can recognize and acknowledge whatever is happening and find the way forward."

Rob Lutes: Journey Into The…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 23, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with poet/singer/cornetist Al Basile - build the story of American roots music of the mid-20th century

"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…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 23, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with British musician Trevor Sewell - smashing down the barriers between contemporary blues and Americana

"I think its great that blues fans are far more open now to giving the blues the space it needs to evolve and to embrace and incorporate different influences as this enables it to progress and grow creatively."

Trevor Sewell: UK Calling Music City…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 22, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Multitalented Amina Claudine Myers talks about the Blues & Jazz music, Sonny Stitt, Archie Shepp, and Arthur Blythe

"This music has influenced people all over the world because you have the freedom of self-expression through improvisation. This allows the performer to delve deep into their souls to bring out their upmost feeling which enables them to touch someone. No words are needed. As the world change, so does the music."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 20, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Philadelphia stellar musician Greg Sover - blues and rock with a dash of everything else

"I realized how much we have in common from our passion, struggles, heartbreaks and love. The blues express those feelings the most."

Greg Sover: Philly Soul Express

2016 was a big year for Philadelphia…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 19, 2017 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Q&A with drummer Derek Hess, one of the true heroes of Southern Rock during the glory days of the '70s

"As far as hopes and fears for the future, man that’s a loaded topic…whether in music or humanity in general. The drug epidemic is so out of control and the violence that comes with is a very scary thing...and it seems to be only getting worse."

Derek Hess: Beat, Rhythm &…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Andrew Chapman a.k.a JoJo - blend of many genres from R&B, Rock ’n Roll, to C&W and Blues

"More broad organic & pure music."

Andrew Chapman aka JoJo:

It's About (Real Good Music) Time!…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Chicago-based musician/songwriter Nicholas Tremulis talks about Gregory Corso, Hubert Sumlin and the Blues

"Music was the best ambassador of equality out there and probably still is, if you want it to be, that is..."

Nicholas Tremulis: Windy City Poet

The Nicholas Tremulis Band, formed in 1982,…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 9, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Interview with Blind Lemon Pledge (aka James Byfield) - sophisticated styles of old-time country blues & folk

"Blues, Folk and Roots gives people an opportunity to connect with tradition and to experience their music in an unvarnished form."

James Byfield: American Roots Tales…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 5, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Interview with Soul & Blues singer/guitarist Johnny Rawls -- one foot in the past and one foot in the future

"I would change the format of blues radio to have more blues and soul and not so much rock. I would have less rock musicians who can't make it in rock thinking they are blues musicians now."

Johnny Rawls: Hot Soul-Blues Express…

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Interview with Tulsa blues-rocker Scott Ellison - hints of Rock and Soul wrapped into a contemporary shell

"I just hope and pray the blues and the blues business doesn't die. I know my identity would be lost."

Scott Ellison: Preaching The Blues

A talented singer-songwriter, guitarist, and blues-rocker, Scott…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 3, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian journalist/DJ, Gianluca Diana -- tells Blues and Afro-American musical & cultural stories

"For me 'Blues' mean 'touch' the truth…I'll explain: all the people knows the sunrise and sunset, but until we 'see' with our eyes sunrise and sunset, we do not completely account. The blues for me is…yesterday, today…but in particular, tomorrow."

Gianluca Diana: Got My Mojo…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 2, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Finnish guitarist Jyrki “Muddy” Mannimen - bluesy style with patented slide and lap steel playing

"I think the main thing I learned already a long time ago, when I was really into black music, big time, and especially the blues, was that people are the same everywhere. No matter what nationality, what color, what race you are, we all have the same feelings of love, frustration, sorrow, joy and so on. Blues is a form of universal communication between people."…

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