Michael Limnios Blues Network's Blog – January 2021 Archive (23)

Q&A with Greek musician John Skyllas, collaborated and recorded with some of the best Greek blues artists

"I firmly believe that without music (and art in general), nothing substantial exists; no culture, no society, no true love and in the final analysis… no humanity!"

John Skyllas: The Keys of Music Language

John Skyllas born and raised in Athens Greece. He studied music at the Apollonium Conservatory, with a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 29, 2021 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Creole/Zydeco musician Corey Ledet, a true dance/music experience in the ways of old-time house parties

"The music we make is, and always has been, very different from what others see as “main stream”. Our language is different. We do what we want to do and sing about it. Outside of our area, people appreciate that and feel the sincerity of it. We want to be happy and want others to be happy too. It’s all about having a good time."

Corey Ledet: Zydeco Party On The Bayou…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 27, 2021 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with powerhouse country soul duo Nalani Rothrock & Josh Lamkin, music that makes people feel good

"I feel music is the one thing in this world that has the power to translate to anyone and everyone. It brings people together and it is healing. If I can make someone get lost, for even a moment, in the music that I have created, and they can forget about the craziness of every day life, then I feel like that is the most beautiful gift I can give. To get lost in the power of music. We all need more of that."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 26, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Legendary guitarist Merrell Fankhauser talks about Rock n' Roll counterculture, the 1960s and The Tiki Lounge TV show

"I tell this to young bands often that come to me for advice. Copyrighting your song is the most important thing to do first. Don't be anxious to sign a contract until someone like a music lawyer reads the document."

Merrell Fankhauser: Music Of Intelligence

Merrell Fankhauser has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 25, 2021 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with founding member of the Yardbirds, Jim McCarty - his innovative drumming style which he introduced into music in the ’60s

"It’s been a great journey, travelling around the World and playing music I’ve been involved in creating. It never seems to get boring, in fact better now, as new doors are opening. It’s incredible how people all over are so honorable and well versed in the music."

Jim McCarty: Walking In The Rock Land

Jim McCarty is the renowned drummer from THE…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 24, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with drummer Simon Kirke, kept the beat for Free and Bad Co. two of the most popular bluesy hard rockers

"Music has to unify. It has to bring people together. It can be a vehicle for communication. For celebration, for revolution, for commiseration, for hope, to convey despair...sadness, happiness...All the human emotions that we experience through our lives. It has always united people and I believe that is the main impact it should have..."

Simon Kirke: Ready For Rock n' Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 23, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with iconic guitarist Steve Hackett about his new acoustic album Under A Mediterranean Sky

"I feel that music crosses borders and heals divisions. Musicians can help build bridges between countries in that way. My fear is that at this time, the popular music has become increasingly superficial and in this digital world, attention span can be short. People often just listen to part of something before moving on to another song. My hope is that the call of music itself will win through, helped by the cultural diversity of today’s…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 21, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with charismatic blues and soul showman Eb Davis, has been delighting audiences all over the world

"One of the most outstanding lessons I have learned in the business is the power of music, especially Blues, to touch people on a very personal and emotional level. Plus, the Power that it has in making and cementing friendships."

Eb Davis: Treasures From The Vault

Ebylee "EB" Davis is an internationally known blues singer. Davis, who not only…

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

Q&A with saxophonist Sam Burckhardt - from jump blues to Thelonious Monk in a lively mix of jazz, blues and swing

"What I miss from the past are the musicians I knew and played with who passed away. The music itself is a function of the people who play it, and thus will always change. As long as there are people, there will be music. It’s up to me to play the music I like and find like-minded people to play it with. I just hope we can get beyond this pandemic and start playing in front of people, again."

Sam…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 20, 2021 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Greek radio host Dimitris Delis (aka Jim Dylan) - Honky Tonk Lagoon with Folk, Rock, Blues and beyond

"Folk music was the main music genre that got involved with social and political issues. Regarding the racial issue let us not forget that folk was a kind of music very close to the blues, therefore many folk songs had references to the lives and problems of black people. A lot of people in white audiences learned the blues from folk artists."

Dimitris Delis: Honky Tonk…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 19, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Greek drummer Theodore Vlachakis of Magic de Spell, one of the most known Greek rock (inspired punk) bands

"I think that rock music was, is and will continue to be intertwined with social, political and cultural movements and currents. Through them, the inspiration of rock artists emanates and then they communicate this inspiration to their audience, with the result that many people, through music, join them and shape their way of thinking. I think that will never change."

Theodoros Vlachakis: Rock n'…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 17, 2021 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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

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