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Q&A with Marlon Montgomery, son of Mike Montgomery (Back Street Crawler) set to a release tribute album for his father

"Music is one of the greatest forms of expression and provides people with a voice, and want to see it continue to be used to convey important social messages to the community at large, whether it is political, social, economic, or just plain bringing hope and joy. Music is a tremendous medium to convey a message and story. Some artists may have introverted personalities but speak volumes with every note they play on their…

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Q&A with Reverend Beat-Man, not only an one-man band, it is A MISSION and Mission for the Blues Trash church

"Music you can’t see or you can’t touch … it’s something like magic or religion this is an amazing tool to touch people, it can move people, music is the most direct and wonderful art in the world, that is the reason many religions or governments want to forbid music because it is so damn free of everything..."

Reverend Beat-Man:

Blues…

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Q&A with Rosemary Manno - poet, artist, lover of foreign tongues, the natural world and revolutionary struggle

"I’ve learned that all perspectives are definitely not equal, that culture is the quality of life. Love and respect are most important, the sin of pride is the most dangerous, common courtesy is a given. To love and be loved is all. I’ve never personally had anything to complain about besides social conditions. I’ve learned it’s too easy to be weak and decisiveness is key. Class struggle and solidarity show the way to a better world. I’ve learned that…

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Q&A with Head Honchos (Rocco Calipari Sr. & Rocco Calipari Jr.), continues to creatively refine their Blues craft for a musically astute 21st Century audience.

"Blues is definitely it's own identifiable music and it does have an artistic movement. There are always new blues artists showing up and that's a great thing. It's here to stay like Rock n Roll it will never die."

Head Honchos: Blues Alliance

HEAD HONCHOS continues to creatively refine their Blues craft for a musically astute 21st Century…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 23, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi, one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over

"We know it’s impacted world culture in many ways. So much music is inspired by jazz even if it doesn’t sound like jazz and because it was born from the African-American experience which was couched in racism and civil unrest, it will always carry with it a deep concern for diplomacy and human dignity. With instrumental music it’s not as easy to convey a message but I hope listeners feel something emotional and real when hearing my…

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Q&A with multitalented artist Nigel Barker - a combination of true grit and grace, makes the world a better place

"Music should excite. It can do that in many ways. Intellectually and emotionally but fundamentally it’s three minutes or so of excitement and as an artist the game is to pack those three minutes with as much stimulating stuff as possible."

Nigel Barker: The Art To Be Artist

If you imagine Beck with Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen with the Delta Saints…

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Q&A with talented singer/songwriter Dione Taylor - a musical odyssey explores the deep sacred, healing journey back to the self

"Positive Music is timeless and full of energy and light. Positive music brings people together, it doesn’t discriminate or exclude people because of their racial, spiritual or socio-cultural background. Positive music inspires people to work together for the greater good. Positive music heals, it doesn’t steal."

Dione Taylor: The Spirits of Prairie Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 18, 2020 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Soulful blues singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier - funk, soul, and blues into every powerful performance

"Blues, rock, and soul music is truthful music and is about the good times and the bad times. I want the world to be a fair and equal place for everyone and I live life that way too in song and in daily life."

Vanessa Collier: Earth, Wind & Fire

Soulful blues singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier's most recent album, titled "Heart On The…

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Q&A with Louisiana Music Hall of Famer, Lucas Spinosa - keyboard player with a remarkable talent for songwriting

"Stay true to yourself, don't try to be something you are not. Do not let the outside forces try to change you to something they want you to be. Each person is unique and should always be confident in who they are. I'm built from rhythm & blues, swamp pop, traditional country and rock 'n' roll; that's what I'm made of."

Lucas Spinosa: Southern Music Memories…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 14, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Billy Livesay - touch your heart and quench your soul - released a brand new album with his group The Livesays

"The power of music can culturally, morally, and emotionally influence our society. Not only the way we dress, influencing style, the way we listen to music, Medicine (therapeutic soothing), it has also brought about more socio-cultural change than most people realize. Farm Aid, Live Aid, We Are The World, Concert for Bangladesh; everytime there is a catastrophe anywhere in the world, you can count on world class artists and musicians to step up and lend a…

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Q&A with Boris Hrepić Hrepa & Antonija Vrgoč Rola from the Croatian blues duo of Sunnysiders

"The music was, is, and it will always be one of the strongest, easiest, deepest and fastest connections between people no matter where they come from, how different they are, how old they are, what languages they speak and what skin colour they are. These connections are The Bridges."

Sunnysiders: The (Blues) Bridges of Music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 11, 2020 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Memphis-based musician John Németh, has been bridging the lines between Blues, Soul and Americana

"Blues and Soul is music of hope, originated by a people, who had to survive on hope. The feeling of despair and repair are still felt today. Memphis struggles with poverty and maybe is one of the most impoverished cities in America. I just want to help people feel better and performing songs about familiar troubles might make a person feel less lonely."

John Németh: Stronger Than…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 8, 2020 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Interview with bluesman Kirk Fletcher - widely considered one of the best blues guitarists across the globe

"It’s there even if people don't know it, Blues is soul, so anything soulful has a bit of blues and emotion to it. It's pure at least the true blues is to me."

Kirk Fletcher: My Blues Pathway

Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, Kirk Fletcher has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans…

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Beat scholar, poet, filmmaker, musician Thomas Antonic talks about music, poetry and the Beat Generation

"Because the Beats addressed many issues already in the 50s that we still have to deal with and are still red hot. Simple as that. And since mainstream writing is still as conservative as ever and still lacks courage, it’s still inspiring and refreshing to read Beat poetry and all their successors throughout the decades."

Dr. Thomas Antonic: The Beats Go On..…

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Q&A with Boston-based Barrett Anderson - Intensity, originality, creativity, and passion are at the heart of band's philosophy

"I believe Blues, when done well, has always provided that joy – that release – for people. This is not sad music. This is music that allows people to come together, to communally surpass their troubles, and escape from their problems. Blues music gives people energy, it gives people life. Blues music – when done right – connects with people intrinsically, it matters, and it makes someone happy. It brings joy. That is how I hope my music affects…

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Q&A with the world renowned keyboard player Rick Wakeman, released the new album “The Red Planet”

"I firmly believe that especially the progressive rock side of things is really more of a continuation of how classical music has developed as against its evolving with popular music. I mean the 20th century brought some electronics into classical music Stockhausen and another writer John Cage, but somehow it still stayed separate from all classical music, or so we say mainstream classical music and I think prog rock in many respects  took that…

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Q&A with marvelous Sugar Ray Norcia, have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years

"Blues is human emotion conveyed through a simple form of music. Everybody can relate to that."

Sugar Ray Norcia: New England's Tones

Sugar Ray Norcia is a soul blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known for his work with his backing band, The Bluetones, with whom he has released seven albums since 1980. Norcia started to play his…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 29, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with singer/songwriter Malaya Blue - undoubtedly a major breakthrough artist on the UK Blues circuit last years

"If we go back to the roots of Blues music, we cannot deny the journey that got us here. Blues deals with love and heartache but also being tough and resilient. I guess it’s a bit of a no-nonsense genre where the instruments are allowed to ‘have the blue’s too”? hahah. All music is a state of mind, and all states of mind interpret music."

Malaya Blue: Still Got The Old School…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 29, 2020 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Ventura County-based Tommy Marsh of Crooked Eye Tommy -- Deep Seeded Blues and Smokey Southern Rock

"I think perseverance is the greatest tool we have to becoming successful in any endeavor. The music business is a cold and hard place and the reason we have become successful in our 50s is from my persistence and drive to make it happen. It is one thing to be talented at something, it is entirely another becoming successful using your talent. You must find the desire to push and continue to push everyday… Merely showing up will not make you a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 28, 2020 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with guitarist/singer Eric Johanson, makes music with authentic roots in the dynamic tapestry of New Orleans

"I think music is still hopefully a space where people can see their similarities rather than their differences. It might be a cliché, but music quite often literally brings people together and gives them an experience of oneness with each other and with the universe. I strive to do that with loud guitar noises."

Eric Johanson: NOLA Rockin' Blues…

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