October 2021 Blog Posts (22)

Q&A with legendary blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, has spent countless years treating the blues with full respect

"I think that the music is expression for the people and there’s always some kind of a big trend going on, but I think the blues will always be around like jazz and like people that want to play music on their instruments live and I don’t see any problem with it stopping. I think it’s going to keep going and keep going and there’ll always be new people to pick it up and run with it. I think it’s just going to keep going no matter what the fancy trends are…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 31, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with British/West-Indian singer-songwriter Dionne Bennett, unique and diverse vocal style that covers all Afro-culture influenced genres

"Black music and the civil rights movement go hand in hand, as Nina Simone says „the artist’s duty is to reflect the times”.  The music and art created by the black diaspora has shone a light in so many ways on inequality, the injustice of black people and the effect that racism has on its people and culture. It has shown what should not be, and what could be."

Dionne Bennett: The Spirit & Soul…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 30, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with veteran musician Dave Tice, has left his mark in the history of rock, punk and blues across Australia and UK

"I think the greatest thing about Blues and Rock is that they relate to the general population, it’s about human concerns, real life not some childish fantasy. We all feel pain, love, worry, joy and depression and in their best forms Blues and Rock express those feelings and enunciate them for the greater community. As the old saying goes :- “3 chords and the truth” that’s all it needs. Keep it simple and we can all relate to it."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 28, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Portland-based musician and storyteller Mick Schafer, a gravelly soulful voice with bluesy sound

"The blues in the past had to be powerful enough to hold and nourish people who were being badly mistreated. My hope and fear is that this power will continue and  that it will continue to hold and nourish anyone who needs it?  I’m saying yes."

Mick Schafer: Back to the Blues

Vocalist, guitarist and band leader Mick Schafer has been singing since…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 27, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Hughes Taylor puts his own spin on modern Blues with echoes of Hendrix, SRV, Stax and southern rock.

"Music has the ability to connect people, to change moods, and elicit all sorts of emotions. I’ve never wanted to be famous, or win awards, or anything like that. For me, I’ve only ever wanted to express myself through my music, and to connect and inspire people in the same way that my heroes and influences connected with and inspired me with their music. That’s all I can hope for: that my music reaches people and makes them feel."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 26, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with singer/songwriter Patty Tuite, Connecticut-based musician embraces the genre of blues, rock and beyond

"The Blues have saturated our culture and become very mainstream, being played in commercials and such. I wouldn’t go so far as to say contemporary blues is watered down from the blues of say the 50’s and 60’s during the civil rights movement. But I think it’s more in the background as far as representing the black voice in our society."

Patty Tuite: Consider This ...…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 26, 2021 at 8:30am — No Comments

Q&A with bluesman Zac Harmon, an ambassador of this great American classical music art form called the Blues

"The Blues is pure emotion. As long as people have souls, they will feel the blues. I wish everyone could experience this music."

Zac Harmon: Keeping The Blues Alive

Zac Harmon is an award-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter whose distinctive style continues the lineage of American Blues Music. Born and raised in…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 26, 2021 at 8:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Georgia bluesman Willie Jackson - elements of traditional blues with musings on contemporary life

"I feel that the impact on racial lines is that we all have problems and situations, but life goes on with or without us. I want to affect people through being able to get a chuckle out of my lyrics and not take everything so seriously."

Willie Jackson: All In the Blues

Willie Jackson is a native of Savannah, Georgia Music has been a huge part of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 26, 2021 at 8:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Neil Taylor of The Porkroll Project, a high energy rockin blues band from Philadelphia, PA area

"Staying true to your vision. Take advice and suggestions from people you trust, but in the end, trust your instincts. Dare to dream, and don’t listen to the non-dreamers."

Neil "Porkroll" Taylor: Americana Blues

The Porkroll Project, from the greater Philadelphia, PA area is hard rocking 5 piece blues band who play a high energy blend of fresh…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 22, 2021 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with blues guitarist Charles Burton, San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the world plays with fire and passion

"The music business has changed a lot in my lifetime - but I think it’s important to remember that it’s been changing the whole time - like last century, the century before that, and probably much further back than that.  What I really hope for the future is that live music can continue and continue to be popular. Because a sort of magic can happen when performers interact with a live audience and with each other. There’s nothing else like…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 22, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with native New Orleanian musician Nick Daniels III, describes The Big Easy sound with a soulful flavor

"It is the birth place of American music with influences that are Caribbean, jazz, Indian, blues, gospel, etc. The music community has a vibe unlike other places because of the culture, the food, etc. It is like a gumbo with all the ingredients I just mentioned."

Nick Daniels III: Thats New Orleans Sound

Nick Daniels III is a native New Orleanian…

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

Q&A with Seattle-based diva Lady A, known as the “Hardest Workin’ Woman in Blues, Soul, Funk & Gospel"

"Knowing your worth is important in this industry that is largely run by men; then adding tax. That's one of my motto's. The Status of women I believe is that the Future is Female. I see women coming together, networking and encouraging one another as we continue to level up in Blues, Soul and Jazz. I belong to a network of women who gather together since Covid and have been a tremendous support system and networking community. Women are "Comin for…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 21, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with guitarist Will Johns, recognized as one of the most distinctive and exciting UK Blues performers

"It is a touching of the soul, breaking barriers and communicating the special and important things that words can often not express. I would like to think that I can remind them of their spirituality and the innate qualities of sensitivity that modern life and smart phones/screens can distract us from."

Will Johns: Bluesdaddy Top Cream

Striking a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 19, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with bassist Joseph Veloz, delivers his signature bottom end grooves that you will feel from head to toes

"I have learned to Love what I do and to be proud of what I have accomplished. The Blues for me is an art form that allows myself and so many musicians to express our feelings and our emotions with our music."

Joseph Veloz: Feel The Fusion Music

With new album Joseph And The Velozians (2021), Joseph Veloz presents his signature fusion of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 17, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with legendary electric violinist & vocalist L. Shankar - an ethereal musical bed transports the listener on a spiritual journey

"Music can be so influential in all levels cultural, social, spiritual and make people realize that changes can be made for the betterment of the world and also personally. A song with a positive message can reach all over the world simultaneously now with the social media times."

L. Shankar: Seasons Greetings…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 14, 2021 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran musician Terry Wilson, prolific songwriter, imaginative producer, and blues rock-solid bassist

"Find yourself musically. Do what you do. Develop your own thing - your own sound & style. It’s ok to learn from other players, songwriters, singers. But, learn how they do things. Learn how they sing that way, where they get their tone, place the note in their body to get the power or sound, learn how others have learned and then move on. Bring all that to how you feel it. Learn all of that and get to understand how to play around and support the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 13, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with California multi-instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers - her music spans multiple genres

"As much as I’m enjoying the current state of music, I do miss a few things. I miss vocal performances without pitch correction, timeless melodies, and clear enunciation like you hear from singers such as Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. I would like to mix traditional jazz with the current trends in music, like artists such as Robert Glasper and Chris Dave. Sometimes I fear that I’ll sound a bit similar to those early singers, but I try to incorporate…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 13, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Damion Pearson of Memphissippi Sounds, an incredibly talented DEEP BLUES duo with custom blend sound

"I want to authentically share experiences and those of the community around me, and I hope it's well received, or at least heard and respected."

Memphissippi Sounds: Roots Keepers

A custom blend of North Mississippi hill country blues, Memphis blues and soul, rock, pop, and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 11, 2021 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Pittsburgh-based harmonica player/singer, Charlie Barath, enamored with traditional roots styles

"Music, in fact art in all forms, has always been a vehicle for inspiration and change in our world, at least in Western society. Sometimes art impacts our world at large indirectly through cultural influences, be it fashion, language, recreation, etc. Sometimes it's a more direct approach through protest songs, or songs that simply call attention to issues that affect specific communities."

Charlie…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 7, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with blues-rock guitarist Wesley Pruitt, delivers the ups and downs and the ins and outs of love and life

"It's the universal language. I absolutely HHHAATTEEE seeing "hate" groups use music to promote hate. Music is meant to heal, bring happiness and keep us on the right course."

Wesley Pruitt: Gypsy Soul, Blues Heart

For 20 years, Wesley Pruitt Band has delivered the ups and downs and the ins and outs of love and life, all neatly wrapped in…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 7, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

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