September 2016 Blog Posts (22)

Interview with "wizard" Justin Johnson -- one of the world’s leading ambassadors for the homegrown music movement

"The Blues and Roots music blossomed from cultures that vehemently punished those who would create art which challenged the oppressive nature of their society."

Justin Johnson: Smoke On The Strings…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 30, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with poet, performer, editor and reading host, Dan Raphael - music rhymes on the rhythm of Jazz

"Language knows more than you do, how can you and language inform each other. Imagination can be contagious. This isn’t about you. Ask not what you can do with language but what can language do with you."

Dan Raphael: Music in Poetland…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 30, 2016 at 1:13am — No Comments

Q&A with Boston-based Eric Sommer -- walking on the unmistakable sounds of life on the American road

"Blues and roots music is the undercurrent of American culture and has created most of it and supported and enhanced it in various, subtle ways."

Eric Sommer: American Songbook

Boston-based singer,…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 29, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with multi-talented bluesman Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child" will be the next “King of the Blues”

"Music has no color and I as stated previously, music is universal."

Mr. Sipp: Living Loving Bluesman

Castro Coleman, a.k.a. Mr. Sipp “Mississippi Blues Child” was born August…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 28, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Interview with Holly Hyatt & Jon Burden - blues based music with different styles full of feeling and passion

"Blues and Jazz music allowed the African American community to have a voice and share their songs and stories. Many people of different racial and cultural backgrounds heard those songs and connected with the music, so the music has helped unit us."

Holly Hyatt & Jon Burden: Maple…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 27, 2016 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Interview with guitarist Bill Harkleroad (aka Zoot Horn Rollo) - one of "the 100 greatest guitarists of all time"

"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…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 25, 2016 at 10:03am — No Comments

Q&A with Michigan-based, McKee Brothers (Ralph & Dennis) - grooves, killer solos, and eclectic musicians

"I hope that the now predominately white audiences for the blues and “old-school” soul music will get more into the roots and culture related to it; that can only help in somehow ending the long cycle of racism that unfortunately still permeates our society."

The McKee Brothers: Music…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 22, 2016 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian guitarist/singer James ‘Buddy’ Rogers - a blues road warrior who shaped into a well-seasoned muician

"Blues has connected separated cultures. The white and black gaps (generally speaking) are by no means perfect but in my opinion they would be much more divided if it wasn’t for blues music."

James ‘Buddy’ Rogers: By My Side…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 21, 2016 at 10:48am — No Comments

Interview with New Yorker Sari Schorr - one of the world's best contemporary female blues rock singers

"One of the biggest challenges for the future of music is how musicians will manage to find ways to monetize their music. Without financial support, artists will find it increasingly difficult to choose to make music professionally."

Sari Schorr: A Force of Nature…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 19, 2016 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Q&A with The South Austin Moonlighters - Americana ensemble has been about embracing a supergroup ethos

"Today's music lacks intention. The most important part of the journey of songwriting and recording is the means, and not so much the end. The artists of today are too focused on the end result. Too many are busy trying to be successful or a star rather than working towards the intention of having a career and longevity."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 19, 2016 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Q&A with Southern musician Lew Jetton - produces critically acclaimed Southern-Fried Chicago Blues sound

"Blues music has been one of the major factors in bringing the races together. The music brought black and white fans together and brought black and white musicians together. In the music there is common ground and love because the blues is about the basic feelings and emotions of everyone, no matter their race."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 17, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Interview with multifaceted artist Tom Russell - a literary songwriter with restless curiosity and imagination

"They are all linked, but music is superior to literature and politics. You can listen to a great song 5000 times and grow each time. You can't read a novel or a poem or hear a political speech too often...its unmoving - sometimes it's rhetoric. Toilet paper."

Tom Russell: The Rose of…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 15, 2016 at 11:20am — No Comments

New York saxophonist Baron Raymonde talks about Matt “Guitar “Murphy, Blues Brothers, and Levon Helm

"To me music crosses racial, political and socio-cultural lines. When musicians perform they don’t care about that. It’s about the music. Music is a Universal language."

Baron Raymonde: The Lord of Sound…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 14, 2016 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Q&A with pianist The Boogie Woogie Kid (Matthew Ball) -- a range of sounds from the Swingin' era of 20’s - 40’s

"Music from the Swing ear continues to captivate people, because it has a special quality of appeal to the widest demographic of music lovers. For example, when I perform in family settings, it is just as likely to see a 2 or 3 year old dance to boogie-woogie as it is to a 70 year old person do it."…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 12, 2016 at 11:54am — No Comments

Interview with Little Mike Markowitz -- a harp master from NYC with lawless and high energy blues sound

"My hopes and fears for the future transcend the blues and go into politics, greed, and man’s inhumanity to man."

Little Mike: Tornado In Blues Scale

Queens native Mike…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 9, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with French writer Gerard Herzhaft - a specialist in traditional American music and Southern US culture

"I think the Blues is still there you know. Since I started to listen to the Blues people told me that the Blues is dead and is still there. Of course is not the same Blues. I would say that there are several kinds of Blues now, I would say several base music."

Gerard Herzhaft: Portraits en…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Scottish group of GT's Boos Band - creating original indie/blues music that reflects their experiences

"In my opinion Blues, and it’s subsequent baby, Rock n’ Roll, has had arguably one of the biggest impacts in terms of bridging the racial divide that existed in America prior to the civil rights movement."

GT's Boos Band: Highlands Experiences…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 8, 2016 at 2:59am — No Comments

Ethnomusicologist and active musician Kristina Jacobsen talks about the music and authenticity of Native Americans

"Music for all cultures gives us the ability to express pain, joy, hopes and desires. But is also gives us the ability to express subtler emotions including irony, satire, double entendre, and it allows us to imitate and distance ourselves from musical messages, too, while performing."

Kristina…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 6, 2016 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Q&A with New York singer Lex Grey - her power and passion blaze a primal fire fusing old school blues and classic rock

"Music is the answer to all of these problems. Great music addresses these issues by illustrating our emotional makeup as humans. The things that bring us joy, the feelings of pain and isolation, these feelings have no race, no economic status, no gender."

Lex Grey: The Madam of Urban…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 6, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Q&A with exciting talent Tom Bell - expected to establish a reputation as the UK’s No.1 Blues/Boogie Pianist

"If you look at any blues lyrics, the themes are always the same - the expression of tribulation and hardship, which originates from the slave trade in Africa and debatably the very place human life began."

Tom Bell: The Face of Classical Blues…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 3, 2016 at 8:34pm — No Comments

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