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Gene "Sarasota Slim" Hardage talks about Lucky and James Peterson, Nitro, Tampa's Green Iguana, and Cuban Salsa

"I love big band salsa and Cuban stuff and would like to play some of my slide and bluesy lead in a group like that with those killer singers and horns."

Sarasota Slim: Southern…

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Greek Blues Scene: Q&A with Eliana Nikolopoulou - One Woman Blues Band and member of Blues Vibes

"Βlues music was like a means to an end for them. In my opinion I think that our living conditions have an impact in music. If there was no slavery, we wouldn’t have the blues. If rempetiko wasn't illegal back in days, baglamas (a local traditional instrument which is small and fits in your jacket) wouldn't be invented."…

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Q&A with legendary Big Joe Fitz, one of the leading personalities on the vibrant music scene in New York

"There is no doubt that blues and jazz and dance and other African American art forms have opened the doors of understanding to the richness and the depth of black culture thereby creating understanding and acceptance."

Big Joe Fitz: Swinging Roots…

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Blues-Rock harmonicist Jason Ricci talks about Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Johnny Winter, and Charlie Parker

"The blues is about honesty, integrity, sincerity, loss and redemption from our human errors. Being "cool" is not what the blues is about to me. Being real is."

Jason Ricci: A Cool Blues Human Being…

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British writer Richard Wall talks about his book Fat Man Blues and the trip to Deep South in Clarksdale, MS

"I hope that people keep listening to the old blues, and that new people will come along and get to know it and get the same pleasure that I get from it."

Richard Wall: Real Hobo Bluestales

Richard Wall…

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Interview with versatile singer/actor Laura Tate - inspires with her natural compassion and dedication

"The music industry has dramatically changed over the last 15 years. All artists will either embrace the changing times or else find themselves passed over."

Laura Tate: Let's Just Be Real…

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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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Q&A with Greek drummer Michalis Orphanidis of MORKA, one of the most progressive local groups of the 70s

"The impact of Blues and Rock music on the racial, political and socio-cultural implications is tremendous because music really makes the world go round. What goes round comes round."

Michalis Orphanidis: Rhythm & Beat…

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Q&A with Jim Roberts (& The Resonants) routed in the deep south and midwest where Americana and Blues define the landscape

For me “Blues” is about the human life experience set to music. In that sense, all musicians who play from the heart and soul are playing "the blues."

Jim Roberts and The Resonants: Front…

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Legendary folk musician Cyrus Faryar talks about Beat Generation, Monterey Pop Festival, Hawaii, and Roland Kirk

"Fortunately, music often manages to slide by and lend an open moment of simple enjoyment. I'm wondering when cell phones will be surgically inserted into our bodies with the mind-body app. Kind of like a pacemaker in the brain; just start to hum and the whole tune arrives."

Cyrus Faryar: Misty Rain…

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Q&A with Australian Ivor S.K. - one of a new generation of exciting young blues talents to emerge from Down Under.

"I think the blues represents an escape from the world. The history of the blues is incredibly dark, encompassing as it does slavery and vitriolic racism, so I’ve always been inspired by the fact that the original purveyors of the art were able to create music so joyous under the toughest of circumstances imaginable."…

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Q&A with Greek musician George Stefanakis - combination of rock & classical, without excluding other musical forms

"Both literature and music are the indicator of the cultural level of a society. They participate, decisively enough, in the process of interaction between politics, society and culture. In addition, the members of a group are united emotionally and communicate more easily."

George Stefanakis:…

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Interview with Aussie Soul/Blues artist John McNamara - style and delivery that stays authentic to roots

"Playing the blues and really getting into what 'makes' blues music has shed new light on all genres of music."

John McNamara: Rollin' With The Blues

Multi Award…

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Q&A with guitarist Yamirah Gercke (Bad Ass Freaks) - give you dance grooves with sophisticated chord progressions

"I think Blues and Jazz has always had racial, political and socio-cultural implications, because It came from that type of background. I believe this type of Music gave African Americans a voice to be heard. Nowadays though anyone plays Blues or Jazz doesn’t matter what race or from what background."…

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Q&A with Italian musician/producer Francesco Accurso of ToneTrade, an independent production company

"Coming out of the ghetto is a constant theme and it’s no surprise that a lot of young kids abandoned the music which is most associated with slavery and segregation. Now many black musicians are moving back to it, rediscovering their roots and perhaps paying tribute to a great musical legacy."…

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Q&A with singer Janiva Magness, one of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music

"We are strong and solid as women in the Blues. I find many very talented women coming thru the ranks and find this very hopeful."

Janiva Magness: Truth & Blue Again

Janiva…

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Q&A with legendary guitarist & contemporary blues artist Bobby Messano -- play and sing with passion

"Music has no ethnicity…we are all black, white, purple or whatever when we listen and play it…there is nothing else in the world that can cause all of those emotions to be FELT by pretty much EVERY human on the planet…You can’t have a greater impact than that."

Bobby Messano: The Top of…

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Q&A with Memphis-area musician Davis Coen - strongly rooted in blues, country and religious-based music

"Most of what’s considered blues today, I don’t regard as blues. It’s mostly blues-rock, or just rock, as far as I see. Blues followers generally seem to like it though so I try to keep opinions to myself, unless it pertains to festival line-ups that repeatedly book electric guitar and harmonica show-boaters."…

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Q&A with saxophonist/visual artist Dana Colley - one of the most original saxophonists of his generation

"Blues and Jazz were always the voices of the downtrodden. The slaves created it as a rebellious statement. They could be chained and whipped but no one could take their voices, their rhythms."

Dana Colley: Vapors of Art-o-phone…

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Q&A with Swedish duo of Lighthouse (Mats & Linda Brandemark) -- Americana and Contemporary Rock

"Music is something that easily can unite people no matter what religion, nationality, gender; it is an important universal language."

Lighthouse Sweden: Navigation On The Roots…

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