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Q&A with Sakis Papadimitriou, one of the greatest Greek piano players, composers and improvisers

"What I have learned about myself and my relation to other people is that overtime I deal with specific personalities and not with a socio-cultural small or big circle of human beings."

Sakis Papadimitriou: Piano Voices

“Piano Voices” (To Pikap / Heathen Natives, 2018) is the latest work of Sakis Papadimitriou, one of the greatest Greek…

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Q&A with Austrian director/producer Wolfgang Almer, the driving force behind the movie LATE BLOSSOM BLUES

"Today, with most of the real blues guys getting older and eventually passing away, I’m not sure if the blues that we’ve all come to love can survive in that quality. The world and the society where blues developed as a way to cope with segregation and other injustices and difficulties is – luckily – not existing anymore, so the authenticity is simply not possible anymore. And without authenticity, the blues might lose what it’s all…

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Q&A with Mark Wenner - announces a June 15 date for the self-titled debut of Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors

"Rock and Roll and the popularity of real African American music really did help change America (and other counties too). When Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper and Al Jackson and Booker T worked together at Stax, it proved that there could be joy and harmony. Still not enough to stop all the hate and fear but it did shake the walls."

Mark Wenner: The Blues Warrior…

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Q&A with Maiju Lasola: President of Finnish Blues Society, Editor of Blues News, and Head of the Blue North Records

"Blues connects people whatever their background is, it connects people across racial, political and socio-cultural borders. Of course, the roots of the Blues are in certain culture and circumstances. That makes us all in the scene understand better the background of the Blues, the Black History."

Maiju Lasola: Blues Behind The Scenes

The original…

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Q&A with Brazilian rising star of the blues Artur Menezes - winner of the "Albert King Award" at the IBC 2018

"The blues is made with soul, love and anger at the same time. And It’s truthful. People identify with something truthful. And of course, it’s so good to listening to!"

Artur Menezes: International Blues Tattoo

Winner of the "Albert King Award" for Best Guitarist and 3rd place on Band Category at the International Blues Challenge 2018, Artur…

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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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Q&A with Kansas City artist Thomas A. Gieseke - fantastical works explode across the canvas to unlock his fantasy

"My hope is that people will somehow miraculously become more curious about everything, that they will place a higher importance on education and learning. We seem to be living in an age where the comedy movie ‘Idiocracy’ is becoming a documentary. It’s like people are proud of their ignorance."

Thomas A. Gieseke: Art-e-delia Blues

Thomas A.…

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Q&A with multitalented artist Boris Hrepić Hrepa - one of the most active members of Croatian blues scene

“Blues music and culture did a huge impact. Centuries before blues came music culture was privilege of rich white environment, and poor environment for that time standards had no culture at all. But look now, all that culture of rich white environment disappeared, but that no culture as a blues music spread around world and become a root of all modern popular music and culture.”

Boris Hrepić Hrepa:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 9, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Italian guitarist/singer Dany Franchi - one of the best young Blues musicians on the scene today

"We might speak different languages, have different cultures or have different colors of the skin but we are all brothers and sisters and the magical power of the music can connect people regardless where they come from."

Dany Franchi: Blues Made In Italy

Dany Franchi was born in 1990 in Genoa, Italy and he is widely considered one of the best…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 8, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Dutch artist/publisher Ben Schot (Sea Urchin), specializes in avant-garde and counterculture

"A soundtrack to the Beat Generation: put Allen Ginsberg in a steamy juke joint deep in the Delta in the 1950s, surrounded by Afro-American sharecroppers. Everybody gets drunk, everybody gets stoned, everybody gets naked."

Ben Schot: Avant-garde Beside The Sea…

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Q&A with one-man band from Serbia, Ice Cream Man -- brings the old school Delta blues into the 21st century

"Music is always based on the spirit of the times, so I strongly believe that the arts are always indissolubly associated with other spheres of social life, even though this might not be obvious at a first glance. Music can be both a safe harbor to escape and a battlefield of social change."

Ice Cream Man: Souls Roots

Former Long Noses…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 6, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with multitalented Chandra Washington - Writer, Vocalist, Performance Poet, Percussionist, and Dancer

"Art is the "spoonful of 'sugar'" which helps the "'medicine' go down." Always has been. Society learns about the world through Art. A very effective means of delivering messages. Can be used for good or evil, but it has done a lot of good."

Chandra Washington: Artistic Expressions

Writer, Vocalist, Performance Poet, Percussionist, and Dancer…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 4, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Greek Blues Scene: Q&A with Smokin' Blues Sessions - trying to catch the feeling of the pre-war blues

"Blues music, as a means of art, aims in showing the harsh environment in which it was created. It managed to get people to realize the harshness of slavery and human exploitation and therefore it created the path to understanding not only the way in which music can be used for relief and mental healing, but also as way of deeper understanding of slavery itself. Thus, it would be common sense to say that blues music helped in changing the social and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 3, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Billy Arnold (Billy Blues Band) promotes a new generation, along with the classic blues, rock and soul

“I think Blues music promotes diversity, cutting across racial barriers and promoting tolerance. Blues music from the South, migrating to other areas of our country, helped promote equality over the years, and will continue to do so.”

Billy Arnold (Billy Blues Band): From Idaho with Blues

The Billy Blues Band was started in…

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Q&A with Swiss harp player Walter Baumgartner - bound with Blues and its music even before he realised

"The impact of blues Music to the Music itself is huge – there would be no Rock, no Rocknroll, no Rap, no Soul, no Jazz, no Swing without Blues music, because Blues is the mother of most modern styles of music, and still it is a folk music."

Walter Baumgartner: Swiss Blues Breaths

Swiss harp player Walter Baumgartner is bound with Blues and its…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 2, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian blazing spitfire guitarist, Dan Doiron fuses potent guitar riffs and grooves with unique lyrics

"I believe that Blues is a very multi-cultural, and multi-racial music, even though the roots are certainly African American. I find that this music community is very welcoming to all cultures and I believe in the power of music to make change."

Dan Doiron: Livin’ Centre Stage

Friends say they don't recognize him without a guitar strapped on, as…

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Texas saxophone player Joe Sublett talks about Antone's, Paul Ray, SRV, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band

"Soul, Blues, R&B, Rock and Roll and Jazz music has brought people from all over the world together. A Universal language that we can speak and communicate with each other. Beautiful!"

Joe Sublett: Lone Star Saxophone 

Joe Sublett's Texas tenor saxophone sound has been heard on CDs by The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Ryan…

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Q&A with Portugal guitarist/singer Vítor Bacalhau - from the early Delta Blues to big and loud Rock ‘n Roll

"In Portugal we have Fado, which in many aspects shares similarities with the Blues. It is also the people’s music, and lyrically it usually deals with heavy subjects."

Vítor Bacalhau: Saudade of Rock n' Blues

Born and raised in the deep south of Portugal, Vítor Bacalhau has dedicated his whole life to playing music. He is now fronting his own…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on April 18, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Philly-based drummer Grant Calvin Weston - lays down a ferocious groove with ecstatic shouts

"I learn about creativity and not to be afraid to make mistakes some of the greatest mistakes make good music... and Melodies means. Also with the blues is a feeling."

Grant Calvin Weston: Rhythm & Melody

American drummer Grant Calvin Weston (aka Old Man Jenkins) was born June 6, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA. He became interested in…

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Q&A with Kid Ramos & his son Johnny - one of the most celebrated guitarists in the past 20 years of blues

"Music is so much of everything, and the blues is the most honest music there is. Rock n roll is a lifestyle. It’s saying what you believe and sticking to it."

Kid & Johnny Ramos: Bloodline Roll

The unparalleled West Coast guitarist Kid Ramos is back with his first album in 17 years, titled "Old School" (2018) features lead…

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