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Q&A with five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray - created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar

"I think it's had a strong impact on what goes on, because first of all the music speaks to the people, if it’s African-American music, say for example the young kids, they listen to rap, they’re speaking to people who know life-style, the same lifestyle, if there’s a message in it that they want to come across, people understand the message and they respond accordingly."

Robert Cray: That’s What I…

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Q&A with Portuguese Folk/Blues musician Tercio Freire aka Nanook, an one-man band with influences from Fado

"Fado and Blues have the same mood and a way of expressing the soul."

Tercio Nanook: Suricata Crossroads

Born in the Azores Portugal, Tercio Freire aka Nanook is a Folk/Blues singer songwriter that started playing in Bars in all Algarve (South Portugal), an achieved in few years the status of one of the best Folk/Blues players in South Portugal…

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Q&A with Victor Wainwright, his artistic scope include music representing virtually every corner of the roots music world.

"I like to bring people together with our music, and I like to let music heal. The musical language and exchange that naturally happens with our audience is important, but even more so, the emotion that is attached with the messages we deliver are real and delivered with soul, and that exchange comes back to us ten fold."

Victor Wainwright: Memphis Loud Railroad…

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Q&A with San Diego based bluesman Chickenbone Slim - explores various interpretations of modern blues and society in the 21st Century

"Any time you write a song, create art, you can speak the truth, you can send a message. I believe if enough of us stand up and say something it will change."

Chickenbone Slim: Real Life's Blues

Chickenbone Slim is a bluesman living in San Diego, CA. He is the guitarist and vocalist for Chickenbone Slim and the Biscuits. CB has been playing blues…

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Q&A with double-bass phenomenon Adam Ben Ezra - combining elements of modern jazz, rock and world music

"Music highlights the beauty and the magic of each culture and it’s a way for people to connect emotionally to different kinds of societies."

Adam Ben Ezra: Crossroads Freedom

Double-Bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist and YouTube sensation Adam Ben Ezra; a man seemingly on a mission to bring his instrument from its status as a background note…

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Q&A with powerhouse vocalist Hurricane Ruth, deeply rooted in traditional blues, but make no mistake, she can rock the house

"Without American Roots music, there would be no blues music. The blues has given birth to many different genres. It all comes from the same DNA, the same lineage. We are all the same, in that sense."

Hurricane Ruth: Good Life's Soundtrack

Hurricane Ruth LaMaster is a vocal powerhouse. Hurricane Ruth earned her name because no one believed that…

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Q&A with British Blues and Country musician Dani Wilde, also recognized for her humanitarian work fighting to prevent child poverty in Kenya

"I think the blues community is just that, it really is a community of like-minded people around the world who share a passion for music – but more than that they are a loyal and caring bunch of people."

Dani Wilde: Blues, Folk & Love

Over the past years Blues and Country singer-songwriter Dani Wilde has performed at thousands of venues and…

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Q&A with UK musician Clare Free - passionate songwriter, fabulous singer, guitarist, as well as an exceptional performer

"It certainly helped to gain social acceptance for black performers in the USA during the Civil Rights Movement and it also helped to bring the issues to the fore with songs like ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ helping society to understand the issues that were needing addressing. Blues also offered a wider voice to those members of society who were not able to attend the rallies and marches and helped by enabling them to feel involved by listening to the new…

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Q&A with Moroccan-Canadian multi-talented musician Othman Wahabi, has carved out his own niche in blues

"Music has no border and I hope that people will tend to search more the history behind the music they listen too many of them will discover that their music was born or come from a culture that they despise or hate out of Ignorance of course exactly like the blues lot of people are not aware of the Impact of Islam on the American blues and Afro-American music as a whole."

Othman Wahabi:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 14, 2020 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with trombonist and horn arranger Greg Boyer, who everybody calls when they want to bring the full bells and whistles to their sound

"Technology had made making music much easier than in the past. The bad part of that is ANYBODY can do it! You don't need any instrumental proficiency, just an idea and some buttons!  I'm looking forward to the return of the days when actually PLAYING an instrument is cool. Then music will have a "soul" again."

Greg Boyer: Soul Cool Music

Greg…

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Q&A with Soul/Jazz singer & songwriter Louise Cappi - Latin music, rock, funk and swing, while never straying far from the blues

"NOLA is saturated in music. It's in the homes, the streets, the clubs, the water, in the blood in the DNA. It's a passion a lifestyle."

Louise Cappi: Eclectic NOLA Gumbo

Louise Cappi, is an American Soul/Jazz singer & songwriter, recording artist & Bandleader. New Orleans is the native New Yorkers home. She is the child of the late great…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 10, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Avey Grouws Band, deep connection to the Quad Cities and the music of the Mississippi River

"When I found blues, I found freedom. Freedom to sing the pain, to wail, to moan, to feel. And with that ability to feel and to release also comes joy and celebration and humor, which you can also find in this music. Freedom to experience the pain and the joy of life. Blues is life."

Avey Grouws Band: Crossroads Roots Music

With a deep connection…

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Q&A with Andrew T. Weekes of Deltaphonic - NOLA funk, soul, and hill country blues-influenced rock n’ roll into a deliciously gritty sound

"I think music improves lives in all kinds of ways. It offers people therapy on their own terms. Most musicians are weirdos, some are jerks, a few are worse than that, but almost all music seems to have the potential to help players and listeners through hard times. Playing music can be a public service. Seems like the world would be a better place if every job was like that."

Deltaphonic: The Holy…

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Q&A with Federico Luiu, continues to embrace his musical idols and he blazes a new path in the musical landscape

"Music has always had a strong impact on people. In the past, blues music has told profoundly personal stories, it has highlighted a number of life problems as well as dealing with issues of a major consequence including war. I would like music to venture down this path; unfortunately, this philosophy is a little lost today."

Federico Luiu: Walkin’ the Blues…

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Q&A with trumpet player, educator and medical doctor Eddie Henderson - one of today's top and most original jazz trumpet players

"Throughout history, music always reflects what is happening in society at that time."

Eddie Henderson: Dr. Jazzman

Eddie Henderson is one of today's top and most original jazz trumpet players. Henderson was born in NYC in 1940. His father sang with the Charioteers, and his mother danced as one of the Brown twins at the Cotton club. Louis…

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Q&A with Blues Rock guitar virtuoso Josh Smith - hailed the world over as a master guitarist with raw talent and power to spare

"It used to be such a huge part of everyday life, I feel its been slightly de-valued these days. It makes me sad that most people younger than me will never own music, have a record collection etc. Music touches me more than anything in the world and that will never change for me and so many others."

Josh Smith: Blues Rock Dynamite Axe

Blues rock…

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Q&A with Illinois-based singer Mary Jo Curry - electrifying, engaging, entertaining, powerhouse blues performer

"Music is a great platform to share important messages and it does bring people together in a very deep way."

Mary Jo Curry: Modern Old School

There’s a sincerity to Mary Jo Curry’s singing. She’s not trying to show off her voice, she’s not trying to sound like someone else, she’s here to make you believe something – to feel something, to know in…

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Q&A with terrific musician, composer and arranger Claus Raible - one of the driving forces of the European jazz scene

"Jazz doesn't go along well with separatism, nationalism and dictatorship. Of course, there is only so much you can do as an individual. Yet, we as musicians, have the job to stay true to our art and thus send a signal."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 4, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An Interview with funk/soul New Yorker Milo Z - the “melting pot” of Big Apple with Rock, Rap, Jazz, Blues & Funk

"I guess what I miss from the funk and soul music of yesterday is the really warm sounds and feeling it had. The music back in the day was played on real instruments by human beings not computers and machines."

Milo Z : The Sound of Razzamofunk

He calls the music “Razzamofunk”, a combination of Rock, Rap, Jazz, Blues & Funk. The sound is…

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Q&A with Muriel Anderson, one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle and harp-guitarists, across various music genres

"Music stirs the emotion in a powerful way, I would like it to encourage the good in people, I believe it’s important for artists to keep that in mind in this age of too much negative in our music and too much dissonance in our lives. Good music can give people a purpose, joy, and connection to others... even more of a connection when enjoyed with a good meal."

Muriel Anderson: Respect & Joy of…

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