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Q&A with music historian and writer, David Dann - “Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues”

"Blues and especially jazz were pivotal in breaking down the color line and overcoming prejudice in this country. Rock played that role to a lesser degree, but it still was important in introducing white audiences to black musical forms."

David Dann: The King & His Blues Life

David Dann’s book “Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the…

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Q&A with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Jerry Martini - original founder and saxophonist of Sly & the Family Stone

"The music of that time {Sly's} brought everybody together. The world however is constantly changing."

Jerry Martini: Soul To Soul

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Jerry Martini, aka Papa J is the original founder of Sly & the Family Stone. Calling upon Sly Stone to become the leader of the first inter-racial, multi-gender…

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Q&A with Spanish artist Pedro Villarejo, has illustrated comics, children's books, poetry, posters and TV series among other things.

"I don't know if it's a state of mind but I do think it's more than a musical genre. There is a lot of passion and truth in the blues."

Pedro Villarejo: The Art of Music

Pedro Villarejo is an artist from Spain who has illustrated comics, children's books, poetry, posters and television series among other things. His artistic training is…

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Q&A with New Jersey-based singer & harmonicist Rob Paparozzi - far from being strictly a blues musician

"Blues is a Feeling, it’s Music that describes how you FEEL. The Black Musicians discovers how to put these feelings into song. But today the genre and art form are for everyone to express how they FEEL. Keep it real and enjoy the audience will love and respect that."

Rob Paparozzi: Harmonica Master

New Jersey-based frontman, singer, &…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 19, 2019 at 11:30am — 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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Q&A with saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen.

"African American music, Art and literature all tell the story of black people’s journey from then being taken from Africa, enslaved though present day. Black art and literature are an integral part of telling the American story in an honest way."

Wayne Escoffery: Rising Jazz Star

Downbeat Critics Poll Winner and Grammy Award winning tenor…

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Q&A with Nepali blues musician Prakash "Slim" Pokharel - Delta, Country, Gospel and Roots from Kathmandu

"Blues music as the voice of an oppressed and exploited people. Blues developed from the urge of the slaves to express their culture, heritage and mostly their emotions. The blues developed as a response to African Americans deeply traumatizing experience of slavery and the dehumanization."

Prakash Slim: Crawling In The Blues

Nepali blues musician…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 15, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Mr. Downchild & Kasimira (Blues Meets Girl) - Down home, Soulful, Smokin’, and Passionate Blues

"The Blues transcends the barriers of politics, race, culture because everyone, absolutely everyone has had some Blues at some time."

Mr. Downchild & Kasimira:

Blues Meets Girl

Mr. Downchild and Kasimira (Steev Inglish & Kasimira Vogel) met at a jam session when…

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Q&A with Barcelona-based Johnny Big Stone & the Blues Workers - diferents genres inside the Blues & Rock n' Roll

"I believe in American, European and African history of the twentieth century, it has been greatly influenced by black music and movements against racism and in favor of human rights and has gone in parallel with the growth and transformation of the blues from its origins, from cotton fields to industrialization in large cities such as Chicago, New York, LA where it evolved to reach all corners of the world by way of Rock or Rock & Roll like Chuck…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 10, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

UK bluesman Mick Pini talks about Mojo Buford, Peter Green, Mike Vernon, Luther Allison, BB King and his artwork

"Great blues songs inspire great interpretations (the blues ‘tradition’ again)"

Mick Pini: Painting The Truth of Blues

If you’re lucky enough to catch veteran British bluesman Mick Pini live you are guaranteed the real deal; no pedals, no effects, just a (rare) 54 Strat (stroked) played by a bluesmeister. Oh -…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 8, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with legendary American blues master Lucky Peterson - celebrating his 50th Anniversary of career

"I want people to love each other normal wars a lot of love be nice to people or each other and stop all the killing."

Lucky Peterson: 50 - Just Warming Up!

Legendary American Bluesman Lucky Peterson, master of the blues guitar and the Hammond B3 , in 2019 will be celebrating his 50th Anniversary of performing professionally. Born in Buffalo, NY…

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Q&A with figurative sculptor Zenos Frudakis - portraits of living and historical individuals and poetic/philosophical sculpture

“Eleftheria” (Freedom) has always been important to me, as it has been for Greeks, and for people in general. I realized that down deep everyone wants to be free of something; that the more personal a feeling is, the more universal it is. I wanted to express in sculpture a more philosophical idea. My love of philosophy also began with Greek philosophers."

Zenos…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 4, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian veteran blues musician Big Dave McLean, the quintessential behind-the-scene bluesman

"I feel that not just Blues, but all music is among the greatest gifts the human race can give to the world, we are all equal and deserve to live a life on this planet!"

Big Dave McLean: Straight-Ahead Blues

The first thing Canada appointee Big Dave McLean will tell you about Pocket Full of Nothin’ (2019), his newest release on Black…

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Q&A with radio hoster Cleve Baker (Confessing the Blues) - favorite blues tunes, past and present, around the world

"Blues Music has been an affirmation of racial indignities, political differences and social-cultural disparity since its inception. It's no different today. They exist and will continue unfortunately. Gratefully the craft is so much more than showing our disparity and deviance. The Blues is a happy and loving genre and I relish in the fact that the music will really set you free … Because the Blues Is the Truth."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 3, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Finnish band of Wentus Blues Band - the supernatural heartbeat of Nordic blues explosion

"I think music is the best way to make friends over all barriers... music can heal and you can connect with people you not can even talk to... I would say it´s the strongest power we have and can share..."

The Wentus Blues Band: Nordic Explosion

While most people associate the blues with the steamy bayous of Louisiana and the cotton fields of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on October 1, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with publisher Verlag Dirk Föhrs (bluesnews) - German magazine that appeals to blues lovers & aficionados as well as blues musicians.

"Many blues artists (also in Germany) take a clear stance against what is happening everywhere in Europe and in the U.S. at the moment. Musicians from other countries and cultures enrich the scene enormously and quickly make friends. But that is not limited to blues, artists from all genres take a stand for cultural diversity, and that’s good."

Verlag Dirk Föhrs:…

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Q&A with Myles Goodwyn - singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of April Wine - talks about the Blues

“Music is and always will the universal language and if people take the time to listen and to truly hear, there will greater understand and compassion for the differences between us. Peace.”

Myles Goodwyn: A Friend Of The Blues

Singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of the band April Wine, Myles Goodwyn’s passion and drive shaped and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 28, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran bluesman Brad Vickers: the music traveler on the great American highway of roots ’n’ roll

"Blues has made me more centered, and playing it has mellowed me and evened me out."

Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans:

Eclectic American Roots ‘n’ Roll

Guitarist/songwriter BRAD VICKERS learned on the job playing, recording, and touring with America's blues and roots masters:…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 18, 2019 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with North Carolina-based Roots Rock artist, Brad Heller - a socially-involved, profound songsmith

"Music has always been a major force in tackling social, and political issues."

Brad Heller: Eclectic Rock Sentence

Whether with his backing band, The Fustics, or performing as an acoustic artist, Brad Heller has established himself as a credible force among current songwriters. Honing his craft for over a decade and a half the Wilmington, North…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 18, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with musician & craftsman JP Soars: diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences

"Everybody gets the blues once in a while, no matter whom you are…"

JP Soars: The Deepest Cut of Blues

Born in California and raised in Arkansas, JP Soars has called South Florida home since 1985. John Paul Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences.…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on September 17, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

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