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Interview with brilliant multi-talented artist Bill Payne about the art, the music, the life, the counterculture, the world

"My foundation as an artist is the belief in: ... the nobleness of the arts and our effort as artists...writers...teachers...conveyors of thought, is to be mindful of the challenge and the importance of what we do. The essence of our efforts, I believe, is to illuminate the path of a measured truth, and to reflect and mirror that truth through the veil of our craft, taking aim at ourselves, our society, our world, with utmost respect to the awe and mystery…

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Q&A with Virginia-based veteran musician Georgia Randall - remains true to her music roots of soul, blues, and rock

"I see music in general as a common denominator, the thread that ties us together, regardless of race, culture, politics, or socio-cultural status. Certainly, some genres of music are preferred by cultures because of their environment and heritage, but if you look out at the crowd at a rock or blues festival, you see young, old, white, black, Latin, etc."

Georgia Randall: Peace, Love &…

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Interview with Texas-based Jackie Venson, an intoxicating amalgam of Blues, Rock, and Soul with deeply heartfelt lyrics

"All modern music after the 1800s has been heavily influenced and shaped by American Blues. Blues is the parent genre to almost everything we hear these days, everything from Jazz, to electronica, to Hip Hop, it all started at the blues. It has bridged many gaps socially, at least in the US, and has always been a champion for diversity and inclusion."

Jackie Venson: The Girl & The…

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Q&A with Swedish one-person band Bror Gunnar Jansson - unleashes a garage-style hybrid of blues, rock and Americana

"In many ways the impact of the blues and (maybe even more) the gospel music can't be overestimated in modern day culture."

Bror Gunnar Jansson:

Eclecticism, Creativity & Originality

Bror Gunnar Jansson is a Swedish one-person band who unleashes a garage-style hybrid of blues, rock…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 7, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with North Carolina-based musician Chris Rodrigues, keeping alive the traditional songs of American heritage

"People have been getting the blues for years and will continue to get them. The blues of the past is the blues of the future."

Chris Rodriques:

Roots & Blooms of American Music

Chris Rodrigues plays the guitar, blows the harmonica, stomps on a suitcase with his right foot, taps on…

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Q&A with musician and writer, Katy Hobgood Ray - host and producer of Confetti Park, a kid-friendly radio show

"Blues music reflects the feelings of the people who create it, and the feelings and conditions and situations shared by other people of the same culture. Making blues music and listening to it is a way for people to process the challenges they face."

Katy Hobgood Ray: The Dream Of Music

The duo of Katy Hobgood Ray and Dave Ray reminds us there is…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 3, 2020 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Arizona-based Black Cat Bones (Charles Pitts and Jeff Daniels), a five-piece Blues/Rock band

"Blues transcends any and all racial inequality, it pulls you in to a place where you can identify with the writer and what they might have been going through. Those struggles that we identify with fit any class or race of people. Which is one reason that Blues will never die."

Black Cat Bones: Blues Rock Experiences

Black Cat Bones is a…

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Q&A with Austrian musician Anton Mühlhofer, expressing his passion for the Latin world and Cuban music in particular.

"Music reflects very much the culture of a place, like the language, the way people speak."

Anton Mühlhofer: Cubanton

Austrian musician/bandleader Anton (Toni) Mühlhofer, studied Classical Percussion at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Drums (Jazz) at the Conservatory of Vienna and further studies at the Berklee College of…

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Q&A with prolific blues-rocker Popa Chubby - has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world

"When rock 'n' roll first happened it was a threat to the mainstream. When Chuck Berry happened it was a threats white America. When the bad brains happened it was a threat to rock 'n' roll."

Popa Chubby: It's A Mighty Hard Road

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music…

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Q&A with Tom Hyslop (Keeping The Blues Alive Award): A veritable encyclopedia of American blues, soul, and roots music

"Blake was a great visionary English poet. His line rang true for me, as I’ve indulged in plenty of excess in my time, and I feel now that I’ve been relieved of a hopeless state of mind and body, I should have learned something from the fun and games-and suffering!"

Tom Hyslop: A True Blues Knight

Blues Foundation “Keeping The Blues…

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Q&A with virtuosity artist Tom Shaka - deeply inspired by Blues pioneers, doesn't merely play the Blues... he lives it

"Music can uplift and heal. What a breath of fresh air this grassroots music is, especially in today's modern, fast-paced, upside-down, plastic, digital world. But music (if we can even call it that) can also harm."

Tom Shaka: Mr. Delta Thunder

Tom Shaka, an American Bluesman of Sicilian ancestory, began singing and playing the guitar at the age…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 28, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Gospel music historian Robert M. Marovich, founder & editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gospel Music

"Gospel is most certainly an identifier for a specific genre of music with specific stylistic differences, but you could say it’s also a state of mind. More than any other kind of music, gospel music contains the answers to life’s problems—if someone chooses to listen."

Bob Marovich: The Enlighten of Gospel

Robert M. Marovich is the founder and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 27, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Robert Jr. Whitall, publisher/editor-in-chief of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine and visual artist

"Blues is a way of life...Blues artists just want to have fun."

Robert Jr Whitall: Big City Blues Colors

Robert Jr. Whitall is publisher and editor-in-chief of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine. His interest in art was discouraged by his parents but his creative talents would flourish through four decades of photography and music promotion and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 23, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with American jazz critic and music historian Ted Gioia - best known for his activities in the jazz world

"Jazz is fun and exciting music, and the literature about it should be the same. Some of the people writing dense, academic books nowadays on jazz have lost touch with the fun in the music—maybe that’s required for them to get credentials and tenure. But it’s said to see boring writing on such enjoyable music."

Ted Gioia: All About The Jazz…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 20, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Interview with the Blues survivor Mark Hummel - one of the premier harmonica players of his generation

"The blues is a long, hard road and nobody said it would be easy, make you a lot of money, super stardom or anything else. Therefore I've never expected that from this music."

Mark Hummel: A True Blues Survivor

Grammy-nominted Harmonica man, singer, songwriter, bandleader, author, and impresario MARK HUMMEL was born in New Haven, CT but moved to…

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Q&A with singer/organist Jimmy Voegeli of The Jimmys - a Kick Ass Blues/R&B band from Madison Wisconsin

"Blues is changing in many ways, yet is wonderfully stubborn as well. It needs to evolve to survive, but respecting the roots is paramount. It will be a balance between new and old from now on, since most of the inventors and pioneers have inevitably passed."

Jimmy Voegeli: The Gumbo of The Jimmys

The Jimmys are a Kick Ass Blues/R&B band from…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 19, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with NYC-based Paula Henderson, one of the world’s most distinctive and highly sought-after baritone saxophonists

"Music is a great connector of humans and famously has always brought people together who mightn’t have otherwise found themselves bridging these divides."

Paula Henderson: The Expression Of Life

“Moist” Paula Henderson a/k/a Secretary is one of the world’s most distinctive and highly sought-after baritone saxophonists. She got her nickname as the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 17, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Oregon-based singer/songwriter Rae Gordon - serves up a potent stew of gritty blues and heartfelt soul

"I really wish that music got as much emphasis in our schools as math and language do. When I was in elementary school, music class really grabbed my attention and I enjoyed it so much, but then the school decided to discontinue the music program and I was so disappointed."

Rae Gordon: Blues & Soul Experiences

The multi-award-winning Rae…

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Q&A with L.A. band of Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns, the “Hardest Working Band in Soul Business”

"Some may argue the 50's and 60's were the hay day, however, I think there's always going to be players, singers and bands that love Soul and Blues. Los Angeles is a melting pot of characters that come from around the world to seek success in music, film, arts and all the creative fields. Soul and Blues is timeless and will always be represented."

Jack Mack & The Heart…

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Q&A with Sugaray Rayford, a rising star in the international Blues community, has been nominated for a Grammy Award

"Well, Blues just like rap has always been the news of the streets and neighborhoods it is the CNN of life in the ghetto or poor!"

Sugaray Rayford: Southern Soul Blues

Texas-born soul blues singer and songwriter, “Sugaray” Rayford has released six albums to date and was awarded “BMA soul blues artist of the year” in 2019. Sugaray Rayford,…

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