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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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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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Q&A with legendary guitarist Merrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music

"Today I think the current U.S. president has hurt the togetherness of races and the political agenda has really made racial tension worse. It may take a long time to heal this wound and realize we are all here together on planet earth and we truly need the Hippy ideal of 'Peace And Love' more now than ever!"…

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Poet, playwright & journalist John Dorsey talks about counterculture, outlaw poetry and the Beat movement

"I think the whole concept of the outlaw or the counterculture is the concept of the outsider and the outsider is very real, that’s their connection, just people that don’t fit in who want to change things, that’s where they meet and are one and the same to a certain extent."

John Dorsey:  Off The…

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Greek poetess Katerina Koutsogiannopoulos talks about music, poetry, the 60s and her paths to self-knowledge

"There is always hope in poetry and music unless art is disoriented by the needs of the market."

Katerina Koutsogiannopoulos:

The Summer of Love, Peace &…

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Q&A with southern Bluesman, Sammy Blue - The Crown Prince of the Blues from the tradition of the true masters

"Blues music has been the driving force of modern commercial music that was invented by Black Americans. Once it would bring people together now it is very segregated again. Since most things are turned into product in America the Blues is no different."

Sammy Blue: A…

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Veteran guitarist Arthur 'Arti' Funaro talks about the Blues, Alice Cooper, BB King and The Rhinestones

"There is no Political Correctness going down around it and Black, White, Green, Purple or whatever kind of people that sing and play Blues, we think it’s just a pain in the ass. Shut up and play!"

Arthur 'Arti' Funaro: The Art of Blues…

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Bluesman Michael De Jong talks about Nick Gravenites, Jimmy Reed and the pure honesty of real Blues

"If I could get rid (or change) one thing in the musical world...easy, I would get rid of I-tunes...Spotify...Reverb Nation...and all those other 'electronic' pages."

Michael De Jong: Blues For The People…

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Interview with Norwegian harmonica player Richard Gjems - specializing in acoustic blues, folk and jazz

"The blues as historical specific genre is born out of the Afro-American experience of creating musical hope, wonder and catharsis in a period of extreme racial suppression. That is the roots of the blues and should never be forgotten or under-communicated."

Richard Gjems: Let The Music…

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Q&A with California blues & jazz vocalist Sunny Crownover - will transport you to another place and time

"The blues is color blind and the world should be, too."

Sunny Crownover: All Right Music

Sunny Crownover (Killoran), a California native, is a critically acclaimed blues and jazz vocalist who grew up as…

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Q&A with Crooked Eye Tommy (Tommy & Paddy Marsh) - a musical journey from Blues to Southern Rock

"The music reached across racial boundaries and connected with young white people. This could not have been done by other means. Music is a force for change and the blues has had a huge role in the process here in the US."

Crooked Eye Tommy: Big Blues Men…

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Interview with poet, editor and publisher Michael Rothenberg, co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change

"Music is also an important window to the political, social and environmental world. It is a reflection and measure of our health as a civilization, an essential tool for growing the mind and healing as is poetry."

Michael Rothenberg: The Poet Of…

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Q&A with poet/singer/cornetist Al Basile - build the story of American roots music of the mid-20th century

"Writers try hard to put into words what musicians express through their voices and instruments – a lot of them wish they could play, and since they can't they try to get close to the power of music with their words."

Al Basile: Words, Music & Rhy(th)ms…

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Q&A with Blues & Rock guitarist from Chicago, Joel DaSilva - soul and blues running through his veins

"It's (Blues) one of the last true American Art forms still going today."

Joel DaSilva: Durty Howlin' Blues

Joel DaSilva has soul and blues running through his veins. Born in Rockford and raised in Chicago,…

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Q&A with saxophonist/composer Rich Halley - based in the tradition of jazz & blues, express genuine emotion

"Jazz and Blues have both changed the culture and in turn have been changed by it. The way musicians view society and culture affects the way they present their music and sometimes this is an expression of political ideas."

Rich Halley: The Nature of Expression…

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Q&A with Chicago veteran guitarist Jeff Dale - unique sound having learned and played with the blues masters

"As long as people feel the range of emotions from joy to sadness, grief to elation, blues will remain timeless."

Jeff Dale: Blues Spirit & Good Music…

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Interview with Aussie Isaiah B. Brunt, a new generation bluesman plucked from the book of blues history

"Today it is good to see a lot more Blues musicians are trying to keep with more traditional structures."

Isaiah B. Brunt: Like Old Good Wine

Isaiah B. Brunt has been a top production person and studio…

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Q&A with Israeli-born Bat-Or Kalo of blues/rock band KALO - tinged by the music and culture of Mississippi

"Music is a great equalizer. Art reflects the freedom of the soul. Art reflects the truth of its time, and is pure. It speaks the truth in a way all of us can understand and access."

KALO: The Mighty Mississippi…

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Q&A with tour manager/MC “Scrap Iron” - a veritable character of Blues culture and veteran of chitlin’ circuit

"The blues is a part of my culture, just like country and western is to Caucasian. A lot of people say you have to FEEL the blues, but I think the blues is in your heart, mind and soul. You have to feel it in order to live it."

Scrap Iron: The Blues Is…

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Q&A with multi-talented musician and activist Andy Irvine -- music is a timeless and a universal language

"We keep hammering away at the meanness, the racism and the power of Multi National Corporations. It’s all we can do. If society was run by folk musicians, there would be much more equality in the world!!"

Andy Irvine: The Union Of Folk…

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