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Q&A with Walter Trout, has established a deep legacy in the world of Blues, Americana, and the realm of revered singer-songwriters

"Well, when I sit back and I think back about my life I think here I am at 70, I have a great career going, I have a beautiful wife, I have three great kids who are all brilliant musicians and very talented kids and there’s a lot of love in my family and I just feel like I’m the luckiest guy on the earth. I have it all."

Walter Trout: A Wonderful Blues Life…

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Q&A with John San Juan of Hushdrops, a three-piece rock band from Chicago with “live band energy” naturalism

"Music is forever. If you feel that some beloved element is underemphasized in subsequent eras, surely you can always bring it with you. A bygone musical moment was always ephemeral, and...if you can remember it, it isn't really bygone. No real hopes or fears. I hope some special person always has a song in their heart."

John San Juan: The Way of Rock…

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Q&A with Italian guitarist/songwriter Marco Mattei, debut solo album with mix of prog-rock, dream-pop, folk and world music

"I feel our society is becoming more divided. A lot of the social tension we are experiencing comes from people trying to defend their views, that are rooted in their identity. However, if you think about it, many aspects that we perceive to be defining our identity such as the color of our skin, our gender, the time and place we are born and even the people that we meet during our journey are not under our control."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 22, 2021 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Greek drummer Nikos Papavranoussis, graduated from the Dante Agostini School of Drums with the first prize

"The impact of music and arts in general I think is very strong. They are part of everyday life for everyone. It has always been like that. There are no communities that survived without their art. Music has the advantage that it is letting you create your images. To dream by yourself."

Nikos Papavranoussis: A Music Landscape

Nikos…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 19, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with singer Joanna Best of Virginia & The Slims, classic Jump Blues n' Swing group based in North Carolina

"I've coined my own phrase when it comes to musical paths: what is noble in making music is making music. Music is like eating. It's never wrong to eat. Some folks will covet certain music more than others, and as with cooking certain universal truths relating to physics and aesthetics will prevail, but the quality is always personal, for listener and for performer."

Virginia & The…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 19, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian blues musician Riccardo Grosso, found a magic connection when hit the stage with his band

"The fact that music can save lives is true, but not more than a baker when you are starving or a doctor when you are sick, so be grounded, kind and respectful to others giving them the best music you can."

Riccardo Grosso: Blues On The Road

Italian musician Riccardo Grosso is playing harmonica for a living and has been around since early 2000s,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 18, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Atlanta-based singer, songwriter Diane Durrett, sings from her soul and writes with heart & humor

"Music reflects all of our stories. It’s a record of our history. Music brings people together and crosses barriers that otherwise wouldn’t happen. It creates opportunities, for listeners and creators, to collaborate and explore new ideas and perspectives."

Diane Durrett: The Truth of Music

Singer, songwriter, producer Diane Durrett is a board…

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

Q&A with Cuban-Mexican-Canadian Ramon Taranco runs the gamut from Blues to Afro-Cuban and NOLA music

"Blues and Jazz are very honest and direct musical forms. As Keith Richards once said, “Blues is a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.” Sincere and honest Blues and Jazz music won't lie or mince words. As a working bluesman you try to face life and music with a “sharp stick” and see the world through a prism of your truth because Blues and Jazz are about musical and social individuality."

Ramon…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 10, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with pedal steel legend Bobby Black, one of the last members of the first generation of players to introduce it to American music

"Music is a sort of a universal language, and it appeals to everybody. It's not complicated and but it's not repetitious either. It doesn't get boring…"

Bobby Black: Swinging Steel Blues!

Best-known for gracing the pedal steel chair in Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, Asleep at the Wheel, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bobby…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 4, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

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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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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