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Q&A with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman, his music and life reflect every step of his journey, deep immersion in American culture

"Music, like every art, needs to make people think, laugh and most importantly: feel! Music and musicians are the perfect representation of community, respect, diversity and even while we're still competing! Sound also has an ambiguous nature that allows for the listener's personal perspective to filter and be a part of the creative process...if the musicians play in artful way. We all have an Orpheus complex. It is my hope that our example can affect…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 16, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with powerful vocalist Joyann Parker, a colorful musical tapestry, helps people carry on through troubled times

"The most important thing I have learned is to be true to myself. There are always people who will come around and offer you something that seems to be better if you’ll just give up something of yourself. I am not willing to sacrifice anything that is important to me just to move up a rung on the popularity ladder."

Joyann Parker: Into the Light of Music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 15, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso Joanna Connor, one of the reigning Queens of blue rock guitar

"Most of the greats are gone, headliners and side people. The level of musicianship is weaker, less inventive. I have no thoughts on the future because of this pandemic. We are living in intense times."

Joanna Connor: The Blues Rock Queen

Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter, Joanna Connor, who is best known as one of the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 14, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with wild rock & soul singer Bette Smith, the next big-voiced soul sensation into rock & roll and gospel

"It definitely can be a challenge. Women have faced so many obstacles that men would never think about. Although I believe things have improved quite a lot recently, it still can be tricky at times. But the key for me is to work with really good and dedicated people where music is first and foremost, and respect for each other as artists reigns supreme."

Bette Smith: Long Walk To…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 12, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with avant-garde jazz guitarist Christy Doran, on the corner of where prog jazz meets prog rock and beyond

"I guess that the 70’s were really important for the European jazz musicians to get recognized and to develop a thing of their own. The whole scene from the 60’s had opened a lot of doors: rock musicians got interested in jazz or free music (like me), classical musicians got interested in improvising, traditional jazz got mixed with R&B etc. This creative opening-up was important."

Christy Doran:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 11, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Deborah & Pat Mastelotto - A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson, put listeners in a meditative and buoyant mood

"Music heals us. Music changes to spirit within us on a deep soul level. Nothing can take us back in time like hearing a special piece of music—it’s the ultimate time machine. Music connects us to moments, people, places, like nothing else on earth."

The Mastelottos: Heartbeat of Music

Valentine’s Day 2021 delivers an…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 10, 2021 at 3:30am — No Comments

Q&A with guitar virtuoso Marcelo Paganini, from classic prog rock, with unexpected contemporary harmonic solutions and melodic turns.

"Music is the most powerful form of magic and has the power to change people. And people can change things... The problem is how the right music finds the right people and the fact that there is way too much information, and nobody can deal with all this flow... We are drowning in meaningless stuff and missing on important stuff that could change things... From that chaos the culture is being destroyed because it is falling to reach the right…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 7, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with violinist/composer Alicia Svigals, the world's leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of Klezmatics

"Klezmer is emotional, fascinating, deep music with a connection to an ancient culture. It moves people in their hearts, in their feet, and for some it gives them a way to feel connected to their Jewishness."

Alicia Svigals: The Vessel of Soul Melody

Violinist and composer Alicia Svigals is the world's foremost klezmer musician and founder of the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 7, 2021 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Danish musician Thorbjørn Risager - made people smile and dance, grooving away life’s problems

"Oh, I miss a lot of things. I must admit that I just don’t find modern music as interesting as the music of the for instance the 60’ and 70’. I mean where’s the new BB King, where’s the new Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin? Who’s here to take over? I can’t see or hear them, but maybe I’m just to old to understand and appreciate modern music."

Thorbjørn Risager: Let The Groove…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 5, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with unique jazz guitarist John Stowell, a master creator, his uniqueness and originality are a breath of fresh air

"Of course, I want music and jazz especially to have a positive and uplifting effect on people. As jazz was initially created in the Afro-American community, as such, it was has had a positive social impact on acknowledging this importance of this culture."

John Stowell: A True Jazz Musician

John Stowell is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 3, 2021 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with drummer/songwriter Mark Murdock, carrying the innovative torch on Jazz - Prog Rock genre of music

"The artist conveys the times in which we live onto canvas, or in musical composition. You would think there would be a lot of dark colors painted onto the canvas or diminished chords nowadays. Still, I follow my instincts when writing, per bar or measure,  each note leads to a new opening which is what the world is currently doing, waiting for the cure or the next news."

Mark Murdock: Phoenix Has…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 3, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian music promoter, publicist, Richard Flohil - for more than 55 years, has been committed to the blues

"That the music industry is not full of fools and flakes and greedy bastards and crooks. Most people in the business are in the business because they can’t sing or play (and in my case, can’t even dance), but they are passionate about music. If you can’t make music, do what you can to make music happen."

Richard Flohil: What a Wonderful World…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 2, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with guitar virtuoso Randy Casey - his original compositions push the boundaries with a rock and roots soul.

"In music, as in life, be careful who you trust. Not everyone is your friend. When you do find those friends that you truly trust hang on to them."

Randy Casey: Americana Blues Time

Randy Casey's new 11 all-original tracks album titled Record Time (2020). The album recorded in just 24 hours of studio time with Randy…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 31, 2020 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran saxophonist Brad Jenkins - from Criteria Studios in the early 70s to the San Francisco Rock & Roll scene of the 60s

"Music has a huge impact on everyone’s lives. A song can ease a tear down your cheek as well as bring a smile at the same time. It can take you to a time and place long ago and far away. It can remind you of the calm you desire. Imagine a romantic movie without music to inspire the emotion ahead or a scary movie with dissonant chords that don’t resolve."

Brad Jenkins: Peace, Love &…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 31, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Greek guitar hero, Tommie Bouzianis - his most characteristic feature is his thick oriental sound

"Music in general has a transferable relationship between humans conveyin' messages, incentives, moods, sentiments etc. Therefore, is visible also in this new social-community with exactly the same implications as they were conducted within' the media. In the old days we had a transistor. Nowadays we are facin' a screen."

Tommie Bouzianis: Rock On The Astrodot …

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 30, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with true songwriter’s songwriter, Steven Keene honed his music in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Greenwich Village

"The most important lesson I've learned is not to be married to any belief. We change; it's in our DNA to."

Steven Keene: New York Troubadour

A true songwriter’s songwriter, Steven Keene honed both his music style and songwriting craft in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Greenwich Village, while playing many of New York's most legendary…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 23, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Illustrator/artist Fred Carlson talks about his journeys in the art and music, the blues and the impact of art & music

"Art and music affect people emotionally, and in evaluating socio-cultural movements and change emotion almost always trumps rationality. Truth comes from fact and policy results (rational argumentation) but also truth comes from human feelings that come out in song and art (emotional argumentation). In every day life, people act on their emotional levels most of the time, thus art and music are important to this…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 22, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with multi-talented John Fusco, returned to his musical stomping grounds: blues, soul jazz, and swamp boogie.

"I have always loved Plato's warning that 'Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, so do the laws of the State' -- or something like that. Music can have a powerful influence on people and can help make or break a culture. Sometimes in big sweeping ways."

John Fusco: Travelling With The Blues

While best…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 22, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Finnish singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen: voted #2 on Total Guitar’s "10 World's Best Guitarists Now” poll

"Music really crosses all the boundaries. Music is a language, that everyone can learn and when you speak the same “language”, you can share emotions."

Erja Lyytinen: Lightning Future of Blues

Born into a musical family in the town of Kuopio/Finland, Erja Lyytinen quickly emerged as an artist to watch in her native country. She recorded her…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 22, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian guitarist Andrea Braido, one of the most talented, multidimensional, and adaptable musicians

"I hope that politics also remembers the good and positive things that created the history of humanity and not just thinking about business and profit! The fear may be the fact of not having a live freedom lived in all these years and that the bad "music" takes people's minds!"

Andrea Braido: Golden (Music) Touch

Andrea Braido born in Trento in…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 19, 2020 at 3:00am — No Comments

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