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Q&A with Mike Stern - one of the great jazz guitarists of his generation, comfortably occupies both rock and jazz worlds

"To me, Jazz is music, and music is a language of the heart. And I think that helps people in so many ways."

Mike Stern: The Sound of Jazz Heart

One of the great jazz guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has the unique ability to play with the finesse and lyricism of Jim Hall, the driving swing of Wes Montgomery and the turbulent, overdriven…

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Q&A with guitarist Conrad Warre of Bees Deluxe, an Bostonian transatlantic acid blues - funk - rock collective

"Everything is the blues - the blues is what you want to hear when you’re down in order to accompany you in your misery, and then when you want to lift yourself up..."

Bees Deluxe: Royal Jelly Blues

Bees Deluxe is an anything-but-basic blues band. They are hell-bent on a mission to drag the electric-analog blues of Chicago in the 60’s, the Blue Note…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 10, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with filmmaker/illustrator Joerg Steineck - new upcoming project is a film about jazz legend John Scofield

"Every musical generation has its own interesting peaks to offer."

Joerg Steineck: Art, Film & Music 

Joerg Steineck is a freelance filmmaker, graphic designer and illustrator based in Berlin, Germany. Over the last 10 plus years he has produced independent documentaries and fictional short films which have been well received by international…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 9, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian band of Dirty Trainload (Bob Cillo & Livia Monteleone), the dirtiest rock n’ roll meet the ‘suffering’ blues

"The impact of Blues was nothing short of revolutionary, back then, for a reason, born as the honest voice of oppression and segregation. Rock' s birth brought a revolution as well, in a different way, reflecting social and cultural changes... What about today? Both blues and rock have seen a myriad of different expressions of their evolutions."

Dirty Trainload: Rock’n’Blues…

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Q&A with Ava Grace & Big Earl Matthews (Gravel & Grace), an innovative R&B Blues group that has taken the stage by storm.

"Music has the ability to bring people together regardless of any sort of status. I love watching that happen."

Gravel & Grace: Bringing the Blues

Gravel & Grace is an innovative R&B Blues group that has taken the stage by storm. The seven piece band is fronted by Big Earl Matthews, a twenty plus year Blues legend, and Ava Grace, a…

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Q&A with multi-talented artist Sir Rod Patterson, "A Man On A Mission" motivational speaking force to be reckoned with

"That is my hope and dream is we can bring people together with our music."

Sir Rod Patterson: A Man On A Mission

Sir Rod Patterson is a driven multi-talented man has his eye on the prize and more importantly a solid master plan on the verge of becoming a dream come true that will make Sir Rod Patterson a…
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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 6, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Christine Ohlman, The Beehive Queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul, she will set your souls on fire

"Happiness for me is just producing something every day, you know, the more things I can produce whether it’s music, nowadays my gardening has taken up a lot of my soul. It makes me feel better, it makes me feel calm."

Christine Ohlman: The Lady of Our Soul 

Christine Ohlman (aka "The Beehive Queen" for her mile-high platinum-blonde hairdo) is the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 3, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with British rhythm and blues guitarist Steve Walwyn, best known for his playing with Dr. Feelgood

"Impact of music on racial and socio-cultural implications: Good, real music bridges any divide and should always bring people together. In my musical world there is no racism, prejudice or discrimination…"

Steve Walwyn: Let The Good Times Roll

Steve Walwyn is a British rhythm and blues guitarist, best known for his playing with Dr. Feelgood, but…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 2, 2020 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with the gentleman of Boogie Woogie, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne -- rollicking musical gumbo of yesteryear

"Blues is roots and roots are always the same. When leaves on the tree die, they are part of the fertilizer that feeds the roots".

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne:

Exciting, Creative & Soulful

Kenneth Wayne Spruell was born in Spokane, Washington in 1944, and spent his early years in New…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 1, 2020 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Spanish musician Javier Vargas, has earned the merit of being a living legend of the electric guitar in Europe

"Music raises the collective conscience and the doors of perception open to us music unites peoples and tames beasts."

Javier Vargas: From South to Your Heart

Over 24 studio albums, eight platinum albums, international tours and performances with the greatest of music legends; In almost three decades of his career, Javier Vargas has earned the…

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Q&A with legendary Chicago bluesman Jimmy Johnson - Every Day of His Life Have And Plays The Blues

"I believe that music can bring everyone together. Do not divide us!  We all have something to offer no matter what culture you come from. People all over the world have something to offer."

Jimmy Johnson: The Real Bluesman

90 years young Jimmy Johnson returns to the recording studio for the first time in over a decade. It has been precisely forty…

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

Q&A with Robert Lamm of CHICAGO, the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rock band with horns, since 1967

"It wasn’t “Rock Counterculture” but rather “Cultural anti-establishment" resulting from the war in Vietnam, Civil Rights conflict, the assassination of JFK …  It occurred while Pop-Rock music was being created by my generation, so all this disarray set us apart, politically."

Robert Lamm: Sweet Rock Chicago

Robert Lamm’s intensity and ardor…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 29, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Theodore Koumartzis of Project Reggetiko, a musical collective, who share the love for creative improvisation and direct musical interaction

"Music has been a way to inspire people since Antiquity. People who couldn't play or listen to music, they were considered as uneducated people. We believe that music is the best communication for the Humanity and the idea of playing/listening to someone next you are underlying the respect we shall all have for each other, culture at the end of the day is a way of living."

Theodore Koumartzis: Folk…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 29, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Blues Royal Shirley King, Daughter of B.B. King, unveils new studio album with a court of special guests

"Women blues artist are now band leader and in control with their music choice and writing their own music. So, it is no longer a man world in the blues world."

Shirley King: Daughter of the Blues

Being the blues-singing daughter of B.B. King has earned Shirley King the title “Daughter of the Blues,” but she is an outstanding singer and performer…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 27, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with fingerpickin' storyteller Steve Howell - old blues, jazz & folk tunes with authenticity and new approach

"I guess that I regret seeing blues get removed from the regional life experiences that created it. I fear that it is and will continue to be more homogenized."

Steve Howell: Jazz Vehicle, Blues Wheels

When Steve Howell first heard Mississippi John Hurt's happy style of fingerpicking country blues in 1965 at the age of thirteen, he…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 26, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

L.A. based keyboardist Ed Roth talks about the spirit of Blues, freedom of Jazz, Rock counterculture and his music jurney

"I think music is often a reflection of the time it was written, and what was going on then politically and socially. Jazz and R&B are both American forms of music, that managed to cross racial lines at a time when these lines were rarely crossed."

Ed Roth: Journey To The Music Palette

Keyboardist Ed Roth’s feel, spirit, and touch have made…

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Q&A with UK guitarist Chantel McGregor - the Blues came calling first, but rock was always waiting around the corner

"I don’t think there’s anything necessarily missing in music at the moment that was there in the past, I think as a listener, there’s so much amazing music out there, you maybe have to look a bit harder for it nowadays than years ago, but the music is out there."

Chantel McGregor:

Blues Meets Rock ... (Why Not) &…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 23, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Cambodia born (Swiss based) blues activist, Bonny B. one of the best blues harmonica players in Europe

"The blues I play is with feeling and simple but very hard to play, and I try to explain to the bands and blues lovers, but the blues is not a commercial musical industry, he has to be always alive even if some people mix them with jazz music... the blues is the blues and he will never change. And he never dies.''

Bonny B. : The Big Heart blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on May 20, 2020 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Bob Corritore, one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today.

"Though this music right now is embraced and performed in a multi-racial, multi-national way, we should always be painfully aware and respectful of the hard-earned black origins of this music."

Bob Corritore: Keeping The Blues Alive

Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. His style…

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Q&A with Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn - Elmore’s Blues an album/project, stunning tribute to Elmore James

"People genuinely want to be entertained and it's a performing musician’s job to do that. It's an honor and a privilege. Humility always wins."

Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn: Elmore's Blues (The Legend Lives On)

Elmore’s Blues is an album/project from Canadian blues artists Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn, a stunning…

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