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Q&A with eclectic singer Jimmy Kunes of Cactus, worked with numerous Hard Rock and Heavy Blues bands

"As with any facet of that goes, I think it’s (Cactus music) in the quality and consistency of the songs. Incendiary performances also seal the deal!"

Jimmy Kunes: Rockin' Blues Acrobat

'70s classic rock legends CACTUS released their new album, "Tightrope" (2021) by Cleopatra Records. CACTUS came to be known as "the American LED ZEPPELIN," a…

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Q&A with Texas-based versatile singer/actor Laura Tate - inspires with her natural compassion and dedication

"The most important lessons I have learned in my music path is perservance. Some believe you get an agent and everything will fall into place. Wrong. It’s hard work and one must practice their craft, write, connect with like-minded musicians and start creating your own success. It’s not an easy path as many do not understand the hard work that it takes."

Laura Tate: Beauty, Heart &…

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Q&A with upright-bass player/composer Renaud Garcia-Fons, gifted with the finest taste for mixing tradition and modernity

"Honestly, I don't know much about jazz specifically but about music in general, I would say creating happiness, a feeling of human closeness, a positive and generous energy, a certain form of spirituality ..."

Renaud Garcia-Fons: Music Visions

Renaud Garcia-Fons was born in 1962 near Paris to parents from the Catalonia region of northeastern…

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Q&A with harmonica virtuoso Martin Lang, captures the wailing urgency that makes Chicago blues harp famous worldwide

"Well, I hope music can help people form relationships with those others that are as different from them as I am from someone like Taildragger; in my relationship with him, the subject of race is literally a  joke. We know each other well enough to know that we are truly more alike than different, because of the music."

Martin Lang: Old Good Days of Blues Harp…

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Q&A with storyteller Bob Bradshaw, from folk, Americana and blues into one cohesive package of spell-binding music

"I don’t miss anything from the music of the past - I believe that all music exists in the present. Folk, Roots and Blues music should evolve to reflect the times we live in, right?"

Bob Bradshaw: The Ghost Light Tales

Singer/songwriter Bob Bradshaw will be released his new CD,…

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Q&A with Endrick Tremblay - hailing from Montreal, Endrick and the Sandwiches play frenetic blues rock

"I think that the impact of blues rock is year after year less powerful, because it’s been mainly a man type of music. It even became a white man type of music through the years. I think that society has a craving for new types of models and if the blues rock genre isn’t able to reinvent itself, people will look someplace else."

Endrick & The Sandwiches:…

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Q&A with NYC-based Russell Alexander, plays modern blues, which can be high energy, slow and soulful boogie

"Your word is your bond. If you promise to do a gig, either as a sideman or a leader or a full band, you NEVER cancel unless you're physically incapacitated."

Russell Alexander: The 21st Century Blues

New album “Not My Circus, Not My Monkey” (2021), by the New York based Hitman Blues Band (Russell Alexander), contains…

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Q&A with Midwest-based band of The Hungry Williams, play music that puts a smile on your face and aspring in your step.

"I miss the ubiquity of live music. Seven nights a week there were little combos in bars, concert bands in the park, community marching bands, jazz groups at weddings and parties. Most of the music we consume now is recorded, so I worry the traditions of playing live will be forgotten or lost. I remain hopeful that humanity’s need for music will keep it all alive, though perhaps much different than before."…

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Q&A with Long Island singer/songwriter Chris St. John - draws from multiple genres, utilizing an array of instruments

"I think the impact of music on the world is understated, undeniable, and incalculable. All peoples find joy from making and listening to music. I want my music to make people happy and deeply think."

Chris St. John: The Soundtrack of Dreams

Over the last quarter century, Long Island singer/songwriter Chris St. John has truly led a diverse and…

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Q&A with Kansas City-based John Knell, photographer, collage artist, illustrator and graphic designer

"I think all the arts affect culture and humanity in many important ways. Whether it is communicating a political position, pointing out a societal ill, providing hope, building community, telling a story or just showcasing beauty. The arts are vital to not only a culture but to humanity as well."

John Knell: Goin' to Kansas…

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Q&A with premier rock drummer Carmine Appice, astonishing live performances and highly sought-after session musician

"Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Joe Morello, they were probably my major idols. Just to keep things going like we do in a band. It is harder for drummers to make things work in this business as you are always in the back so you have to constantly keep moving to get the train moving… Drummers are many times those most organized in the band!"

Carmine Appice:…

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Q&A with Bay Area blues singer supreme, Tia Carroll - from the heart with passion, emotion, and warmth

"The blues are under represented by the bloodline they came from and that makes the blues misunderstood and not viewed as a powerful tool to promote change. We have work to do to if we want to be seen as movers and shakers in the music industry. Movers and shakers have resources to get things done outside of the music industry."

Tia Carroll: You Gotta Have It!…

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New York-based musician and producer Jim Koeppel talks about the legacy of the late blues Cash McCall

"Without a doubt, Cash McCall gave me the most important push I had, and needed, in my career. He told me ”don’t ever quit!” He put me in his band and co-produced my record. His vision was bigger than mine for this latest project, and I opened myself up to him vision, it gave me the allowance I needed to expand."

Jim Koeppel: Cash McCall Had The Blues…

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Q&A with acclaimed San Francisco-based singer Will Porter - musical director for many R&B and Rock acts

"Dizzy Gillespie said something like “Once you say that only a certain people can do something, the next move is saying that that’s ALL they can do!” The USA is an extremely racist society and has always devalued anything created by people of color, OR poor or rural white people. It has always been Europeans that lift up true American culture."

Will Porter: The Golden…

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Q&A with Illinois-based guitarist Henry Frayne (Lanterna), best known as a leading exponent of Ambient Americana

"When things get tense in a band, take a step back and consider what you might wish you had done looking back from ten years in the future. There are so many chance meetings and opportunities in any musician's life."

Henry Frayne (Lanterna): Hidden Drives

Lanterna is the recording persona of Henry Frayne from Champaign, Illinois. He’s played in…

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Q&A with Mike Tiano, his artistic endeavors, including his musical projects and his articles on music, movies, & TV

"In this context music provides anthems as rallying cries, windows into what is driving the anger and fears of those who are trying to get through the day, and how right and wrong are not interchangeable words that have no meaning for those who value power over compassion. I want to promote fostering a positive environment instead of being contrarian for its own sake."

Mike Tiano:…

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Q&A with New Jersey-based band-of-one, Keith Kenny - developing a unique approach to his live shows

"I think the most important lesson I’ve learned from music is to take some risks in life. Sometimes the best opportunity is just right around the corner, but you won’t get to it unless you take a chance."

Keith Kenny: Express The True Feelings

"Lifetime Ago Motel" (April 2, 2021 / iNtuRecords) is the fifth album from…

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Q&A with Louisiana-based singer Crystal Thomas, easily relates to other cultures and her music is universally embraced by all

"Blues has always healed. For the African American culture, music has been the one solid constant in our lives. We naturally express ourselves in songs through music. Whether we a pushing for freedom, or celebrating love and life, music has always had a major impact on our lives and played the major part of being able to communicate."

Crystal Thomas: The Truth of Music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on March 20, 2021 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Dutch guitarist Chris Janssen of Sweet Bourbon - blues, jazz and soul influences with southern-rock style

"Music, blues or not, is art and culture. Some songs you have written give people a certain feeling and experience and with other songs you try to share the lyrics as well. You always have something to say. With my music I try to contribute to a free and carefree society. A musical ideology that is never finished. But most of all, let people enjoy our music!"

Sweet Bourbon: Born A…

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The "Queen of Rock N' Roll" Suzi Quatro talks about her new album The Devil In Me, poetry, and Rock culture

"I want my music and lyrics to be heard, and most important to be understood. When I write, I go way down deep and talk about what I know. When somebody says to me that heard a certain song and it touched them, I am happy and the artiste in me is satisfied."

Suzi Quatro: Rock n' Roll Queen

The "Queen of Rock N' Roll" Suzi Quatro released her new…

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