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Blues Hall of Famer, Liz VanHouten talks about Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Big Mama Thornton and 60's counterculture

"Blues has its roots in the African-American culture dating back to the time of slavery.  It has had a huge impact on the music of our time not only in America, but all over the world.  Blues music crosses racial, political and socio-cultural lines."

Liz VanHouten: Sacramento…

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Interview with multi-talented Greek musician Nikos Giousef - created an unique baritone upright musical saw

"Historically music has always been connected to social and political movements. As I said before the Pagliacci should alert the audience. The song must protect the heart from freezing. It's your friend when you are alone, it gives you power to move, it covers your back when you fight, it gives the pulse to the crowd."…

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Q&A with Soul/R&B singer Kelly Z - weaves a variety of styles and speaks to the audience about her feelings

"Sad but true. I think the blues genre is a world of opportunity for women. Even older artists. It’s about Soul, you know. Just wear your heart on your sleeve and don’t worry so much about the wrinkles."

Kelly Z: The Soundtrack of Rescue…

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Q&A with virtuoso guitarist Randy Jacobs - The Blues, Rock, Funk and Soul are aspects of his life and journeys

"Everyone is the same on this planet when music has a great message, strong melody and a killer groove that touches them. I've seen it. Sun Ra once said "Music is Language" I believe that, it is a universal one."

Randy Jacobs: Shake The Planet…

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Q&A with Vassilis Athanassiadis of Terrapin - explore the fields of folk rock, acid folk, psychedelia and beyond

"There was a time when we almost believed that music, or art in general, would be able to change the world – or, more correctly, to change humankind. Well, it definitely has played its part in many of the issues you mentioned, there have been positive steps, but this is not enough."

Vassilis…

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Interview with marvelous Mindi Abair - one of the most recognizable saxophonists on the music scene today

"Jazz was born out of the Blues as well. They just widened the harmonic structure and put a different swing on it. But the basis for everything that became jazz is Blues."

Mindi Abair: Jazz-elicious & Funk-bulous…

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Veteran producer/musician Tim Abbott talks about The Chocolate Watchband & Kingdom Voice Productions

"Rock music is a huge cultural influence and it sets trends and moves people in interesting new directions. Our hope is that the music that our group is writing and other groups like us can speak to people to open their minds to be more accepting of all people. And not just be thinking about business and money but what's right for the…

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British singer Allan Atkins talks about Judas Priest, Jug Blues Band and Metal, Blues Counterculture of UK

"The best advice anyone gave me was be yourself and never give up."

Allan Atkins: Dawn Of The Metal Gods

Allan John Atkins is an English heavy metal vocalist, best known for his association…

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Q&A with Buffy Sainte-Marie, one of Canada's most renowned Indigenous singers, activists and icons anchors

"Our music and our actions helped to end the Vietnam War and put Lyndon Johnson out of business. We also developed the changes that led to the Civil Rights Movement, the American Indian Movement, and the feminist movement."

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Healer of…

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Biographer/Journalist Jimmy McDonough talks about Andy Milligan, Link Wray, Al Green and James Booker

"Music moves people emotionally. That bypasses a lot of bullshit. But music can also be used to sell you a car or a candidate. Who knows."

Jimmy McDonough: Literary Blues

Jimmy McDonough is a biographer…

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Interview with Joe Mazzari & Dixie Deadwood of 61 Ghosts - primal Rock n' Roll with Blues at the roots

"The simplicity of playing music without the added fluff. If you feel you have to be a graduate of Berkeley to play blues so you can wow the audience with your skills of subdividing. Perhaps jazz would be better suited for you."

61 Ghosts: To The Edge ... and…

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Q&A with acoustic duo of Likho Duo - blues standards, original music, and a couple of traditional Italian songs

"Music has been at the forefront of social change and it remains that way today. Bands are more integrated between race, gender and nationality than ever before. That is the way forward."

Likho Duo: Blues And The World Beyond…

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Q&A with Sacramento blues woman Val Starr - has experienced a lifetime of music both as a performer and music industry executive

"My hopes are that the blues are discovered by a new generation and my fears are that the “gatekeepers of the blues” will not accept new and innovative blues expressions."

Val Starr: Always Turn The Blues On…

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Q&A with veteran musician and producer Michael Wedgwood, an unassuming gentleman with an impressive CV

"Rock and Blues have always helped to erase the lines between races and cultures, and it's often the known musicians who stand up and speak out for the victims of these problems. I think music in general has a very great positive impact, although sadly it doesn't seem to be nearly enough!"

Mike…

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Q&A with the blues/rock guitarist Alastair Greene, has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over 2 decades

"I would imagine the impact earlier on in the history of the Blues had a lot more implications. Now-a-days most of the time I’m in a room with Blues musicians and Blues fans and supporters there are people from all races and walks of life all getting along supporting this wonderful music."

Alastair…

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Q&A with singer/harmonica master Kim Wilson, has gone back to the basics and old school Chicago blues

"The Blues culture that I know has made me a much more positive person. When I first got into this music and met these great masters, they exceeded any expectation I had of humanity. If I can be half the person that they were, everything will be all right."…

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Q&A with singer Harrison Kennedy, has been able to pull from styles as varied as Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, and Gospel

"The impact is obviously worldwide. Who doesn't know Marvin Gaye’s "What's Going On” or Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are a Changing" music has a way to tell the truth and shame the devil."

Harrison Kennedy: Chairman of Soul…

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Armenian Jazz critic/writer Simon Sargsyan talks about the Jazz, Blues and local Armenian music scene.

"I think jazz and blues have largely influenced global literature. Julio Cortazar, one of my favorites, came to compose prose in jazz rhythm. You can also find a lot of works in blues rhythm. Unfortunately, both jazz and blues are not part of mass culture."

Simon Sargsyan: The Jazz & Blues…

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Q&A with vocalist, dancer and entertainer Mizz Lowe - fusion of Jazz, Blues, Tap & Modern Dance

"I feel that Blues and Soul music has and have had a big impact on the Black culture from slavery to now. Blues was the feel good music for our fore parents just as Soul is the new blues for the newer generation now. As I go to the different festivals and concerts and I scan the crowd, I’m noticing that the fans are getting younger and younger."…

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Q&A with Italian Hammond B-3 player Luca Chiellini - high energy is what describes the approach to his music

"The racial discrimination and socio-cultural differences go away with the music, and it’s the best part of it in my opinion. It equalizes everything and everyone, and it is extremely important in a world like the one with have today, where both in Europe and the USA old racial and social discrimination is coming back."…

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