September 2021 Blog Posts (27)

Q&A with New Orleans-based Jason Ricci, one of the best and most imitated blues harmonica players nowadays

"I guess a life well lived is one that helps others and has some amount of service to others and/or to God or to whatever it is that makes you want to be a better cat."

Jason Ricci: Crescent City's Soundtrack

New Orleans-based artists Jason Ricci and Joe Krown, and will release their debut duo album, City Country City, on October 22, by…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 29, 2021 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Chicago-based multitalented artist 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

Nicholas Tremulis born in 1960 to a jazz piano-playing father and a blues-singing mother, Tremulis grew up in the city's Greektown and in suburban Northbrook. The household was full of music and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 29, 2021 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with multi-award winning musician Sue Foley, one of the finest blues and roots artists working today

"I just want the blues to stay alive. It's a pure form of music and it comes from a sacred place. That is from the heart and soul of men and women. It speaks of truth. Learning to play blues is learning about truth, your truth; expressing your own story and your own feelings. It's a really important music to keep alive and it's actually a very difficult music to play and to play well. I just hope future generations love it as much as I…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 28, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with fusion trio based in New Orleans, Shakespeare & the Blues (Cam Smith & Cassie Watson Francillon)

"Sometimes we need a sonic game plan for liberation. As long as the music is making you think/ recharge/ participate in your own experience a bit fuller than you imagined--then it's working. We have a responsibility to give the best versions of ourselves in that moment, as listeners and artists, and then to move and change. We want this album to be a testament to trust, open hearts, care and experimentation. Seeing the beauty in the flawed and unexpected…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 27, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Raphael Wressnig, one of best organ players nowadays, funk edge for a unique listening experience

"I think the most important thing in life is to be happy. That does not only apply for the life as a musician. I would think this applies to life in general. I think that all “black” music is about to “have a good time”. It doesn’t matter if it is afrobeat, soul, samba, salsa, reggae, funk or blues. Most of them celebrate joy and happiness. I think this is quite different to European music or classical music."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 27, 2021 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A Pacific Northwest based Polly O'Keary, fusions of blues with other genres, and on this all-original collection blends

"I've learned that women can make music as capably as men can. I didn't know that coming up. I'm from an era in which that was not the conventional wisdom by any means. I've learned that if you do something for a long time, you get better at it. I've learned that relationships come and go, but music is yours forever. It's important to remember that relationships that are not compatible with your music are dangerous for you."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 26, 2021 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Brazilian guitarist Igor Prado - old school meets new school, authentic blues feeling and the good times roll

"Blues came straight from the slaves from a community that suffered a lot and this same community changed that pain into joy and brought this amazing music and this amazing culture to this world. Both the African Americans with Blues, Soul, Funk, etc. and Afro-Brazilians with Samba, Choro, Bossa Nova, etc..."

Igor Prado: Groove…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 26, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Croatian musician Miroslav (Miro) Dimic, one of the most important cells of European music scene

"Without music there is no love, without love there is no world. Music is the foundation of survival, music is the foundation of youth development, without it as I said there is no progress and survival. Every dollar invested in music returns tenfold, not only as a material value, but as a cultural, sociological, philosophical one, and in the end we spread only positive energy and emotions through music."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 24, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian photographer Arturo Di Vita, captures with passion a universal music vision with no boundaries

"Photographing music is like photographing art in its creative genesis, a magical moment out of time."

Arturo Di Vita: The Soundtrack of Image

Photographer Arturo Di Vita born in Palermo, Italy in 1953. Arturo says: "Photographic art has given me a universal vision that has no boundaries or ways of being local but a global vision as if the era…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 24, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with County Well co-founder, Don Zimmer, also a producer, guitarist, songwriter and founder of FloatingRecord

"We all love music. It affects people in such a special way. It just seems to bring joy with it wherever it goes and those are fantastic implications."

Don Zimmer: County Well and Drink More

The County Well released their new album titled “Drink More” (2021 / Floating Records). Drink More follows the success of the release of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 24, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with musician and blues fan Mick Kolassa, playing the blues a long time with a style he likes to call “Free Range Blues”

"I do believe that blues is basically a genre, that to be blues (to me) it must reflect aspects of the African American experience, rhythmically or in the way the story is told. There are other wonderful musical genres that can talk about hard times or bad relationships, but that doesn’t make them blues. Molly Malone wheeled her wheelbarrow through Dublin in a hard life of selling shellfish, but that isn’t a blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 22, 2021 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Vassilis Athanassiadis of Terrapin - explore the fields of folk rock, acid folk, psychedelia and beyond

"There was a time when we almost believed that music, or art in general, would be able to change the world – or, more correctly, to change humankind. Well, it definitely has played its part in many of the issues you mentioned, there have been positive steps, but this is not enough."

Vassilis Athanassiadis: Goes ... Further

Terrapin is a trio…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 22, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with New York Blues Hall of Famer, Elly Wininger, a contemporary interpretation of traditional styles

"I miss the individuality of the blues artists of the past. There are so many copy cats and much of the uniqueness and quirkiness has been lost. I hope young artists who are drawn to the blues will take the time to listen to the original versions of songs."

Elly Wininger: The Blues Never End

Inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2014, Elly…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 22, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian Hammond B-3 player Luca Kiella Chiellini - high energy describes the approach to his music

"The racial discrimination and socio-cultural differences go away with the music, and it’s the best part of it in my opinion. It equalizes everything and everyone, and it is extremely important in a world like the one with have today, where both in Europe and the USA old racial and social discrimination is coming back."

Luca Kiella Chiellini: The Caesar of Keys…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 19, 2021 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with guitarist/singer Jeremy Lyons of Vapors of Morphine, Boston-based alternative band with a unique sound and unusual instrumentation

"Unfortunately, most of them are lessons learned too late. Things like having clear objectives for a musical act, organized booking and business practices... The hardest part of this job is the non-musical part -- promotion, social media, fan outreach, and so on. Even if you spend a lot of time on those things you can still get poor results if you neglect the music as a result. Mainly I wish I had listened to other people's advice…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 19, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with veteran musician Rusty Ends, a true link between the rock and blues of the 50’s/60’s and the 21st century

"The blues is a gift that African Americans gave to American music. The blues was always there at the heart of everything, but it wasn’t expresses with such feeling."

Rusty Ends: Hillbilly Hoo Doo Blues

Rusty Ends is the real deal, a true link between the rock and blues of the 50’s and 60’s and the 21st century. Rusty learned his craft as a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 16, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with iconic UK guitarist Steve Hackett - further exploration of world music, discovering different sounds

"I feel that music crosses borders and heals divisions. Musicians can help build bridges between countries in that way. My fear is that at this time, the popular music has become increasingly superficial and in this digital world, attention span can be short. People often just listen to part of something before moving on to another song. My hope is that the call of music itself will win through, helped by the cultural diversity of today’s…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 15, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with singer and songwriter "Miss Lady Blues", she does not categorize herself solely as a "Blues" artist.

"I feel Blues provides an artist an outlet to freely express his/her ideas regarding real life experiences. In turn, these stories are appreciated by Blues lovers of many ethnic backgrounds. I would like people to feel the emotion within the songs and hopefully be able to relate to the messages."

Miss Lady Blues: Moe Betta Blues

Kesha Boyd…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 14, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Boston-based Erin Harpe & Jim Countryman, one of the most exciting roots rocking blues duo

"Music is for healing in a very crazy world. It is an escape, it is education, it is entertainment. Music is magic!"

Erin Harpe & Jim Countryman:

Joyous Roots Blues Meeting

The Boston-based multi-band leader, producer, indie label owner, singer-songwriter, and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 13, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with New Orleans Folk Rock Diva Lilli Lewis, "the grand-daughter" of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Odetta

"Music is life-affirming, the breath moving through the body has the ability to remind the body that it lives, and that breath intoned can remind a voice that it matters."

Lilli Lewis: The Black Rose of Americana

Beloved New Orleans Folk Rock Diva Lilli Lewis is releasing Americana, her third full album for Louisiana Red Hot…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 12, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

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