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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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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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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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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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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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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

Q&A with Argentinian virtuoso Gonzalo Bergara - one of the most talented and respected gypsy jazz guitarists

"Its known that Blues as an African American expression transcended the colors and us, white, Latin, Asian, and all kinds started loving it just as much. If anything, like before, art transcends everything else. And we are all one again, fighting the same fight, sharing the same pain, needing the same love."…

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Q&A with photographer Christi Bushby - her main sources of inspiration now consists of nature and music

"I believe the impact of photography and music is tremendous, and the implications can be powerful."

Christi Bushby: Talking With The Lens

Christi Bushby is a Northwest Indiana photographer, residing in…

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Q&A with singer/songwriter Kat Riggins - bluesy songstress with rockstar flair and a hip-hop heartbeat

"To me, the Blues is a living thing. It has the ability to soothe souls, ignite relationships, break and mend hearts… The Blues is vintage and timeless all in one."

Kat Riggins: Eclectic Blues Revival…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 28, 2016 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Q&A with venerable musician Smoky Greenwell - has been working steadily for decades in blues, jazz, and other Louisiana genres

"Blues has multiple meanings. As a music art form, it has a basic, identifiable structure which my ear recognizes. Blues music for me has been a lifelong passion---to develop my style and chops."

Smoky Greenwell: Bluesiana Winds…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on August 26, 2016 at 11:16am — No Comments

Interview with NYC guitarist Lee Delray, his sound is a direct result of the melting pot in which he grew up

"I miss a lot of the space. Guitar players nowadays have a tendency, present company included, to play too many notes. Albert King did more with 15 notes than anybody ever could with 50 notes."

Lee Delray: Brand New Blues Code…

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