Michael Limnios Blues Network's Blog – June 2018 Archive (15)

Q&A with singer/songwriter Kat Riggins - bluesy songstress with rockstar flair and a hip-hop heartbeat

"To me, the Blues is a living thing. It has the ability to soothe souls, ignite relationships, break and mend hearts… The Blues is vintage and timeless all in one."

Kat Riggins: Eclectic Things Of Blues

Kat Riggins was born Katriva Tabitha Riggins in Miami, Florida on February 7, 1980. She grew up in a household where there was always background…

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Interview with Greek drummer Christos Yermenoglou - words, notes, drumsticks, beat, rhythm, and beyond

"Sociocultural but also political aspects come out of the way that music and poetry influence the listener-reader. To make the long story short, through the human transmitter or receiver the information is exploited and then transmitted into his everyday life."

Christos Yermenoglou: Musical Speech

Christos Yermenoglou started his music studies in…

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Italian Bluesman Mike Sponza talks about European scene, Roman literature, Bob Margolin and Louisiana Red

"I think it’s not important how you PLAY the music, but how you LIVE it."

Mike Sponza: Made In The Sixties

Blues, soul and rock’ n’ roll are the key words to describe Mike Sponza, guitarist, singer and composer, on the European blues panorama since early 90’s. A lifetime commitment to develop a personal style, contemporary and rich of different…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 13, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with fiery lead guitarist and vocalist Laurie Morvan - high energy, rockin’ blues from Long Beach, CA

"Music is one of the most powerful healing forces in the universe, and in my opinion blues-based music is the most healing of all! When people have a shared musical experience, their hearts open up, and that helps bridge the divides that may exist between different groups."

Laurie Morvan: Intergalactic Blues Rock

The Laurie Morvan Band is a…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 12, 2018 at 12:06am — No Comments

Q&A with Houston based, Keeshea Pratt - possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown

"Music has always and continues to be a universal language. At my shows and the festivals we’ve played you can see people of all nationalities, religions, age, ethnicity and class grooving and moving together. And for those few minutes, we are what we were intended to be… humans-loving individuals. "

Keeshea Pratt: (We) Believe (Her)…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 8, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with singer/songwriter, Ripoff Raskolnikov - one of the most idiosyncratic figures on the European scene

"Blues is a feeling, it is all about the expression of human emotions..."

Ripoff Raskolnikov: Lost & Found

Both an accomplished blues guitar player and a prolific singer/songwriter, Austrian born Ripoff Raskolnikov must be considered one of the most idiosyncratic figures on the European blues scene. Like thousands of his colleagues, he admires and…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 7, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with David Steinhart (The Furious Seasons) - acoustic music with folk, Americana and “kind of jazz overtones”

"Certainly, folk music has always been a way to address social injustice of all types. Not to mention that it's also just beautiful and soulful and incredibly varied. Of course, the music of the 60's gave voice to the concerns and desires of a whole generation and the impact was huge. Today, rap music reaches that large group and chronicles the issues of the day in much the same way that folk has for generations. In a lot of ways it's the new…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 6, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Big Harp George - San Francisco Bay Area singer and harmonica player plays his artisanal blues

"Music is a different, but very powerful medium for reaching people - for giving ourselves hope, purpose, a sense brother/sisterhood, and just having a hell of a good time! Which we sorely need, all of us, in a challenging world."

Big Harp George: The Artisanal Blues

Big Harp George/George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer,…

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An Interview with bluesman Paul Filipowicz, one of the last that were brought up with legendary bluescats

"The blues lives on. The Blues touches our inner self (soul). It's a universal language."

Paul Filipowicz: The Tales of Bluesland 

Singer, guitarist, songwriter and harmonica player Paul Filipowicz is a blues hero of the world scene todays. He is one of the last blues guitar players that literally were brought up on Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 5, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with British musician Clare Free, a passionate songwriter and a fabulous singer and guitar player

"It certainly helped to gain social acceptance for black performers in the USA during the Civil Rights Movement and it also helped to bring the issues to the fore with songs like ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ helping society to understand the issues that were needing addressing. Blues also offered a wider voice to those members of society who were not able to attend the rallies and marches and helped by enabling them to feel involved by listening to the new…

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Interview with Australian blues musician MattyT Wall -- ignite his imagination and give power to his art

"Blues is really the strongest connection in music between black and white and goes to show that music does not discriminate, neither should we."

Matty T Wall: New Sound, Vintage Soul

The blues is music that traveled on trains and steamboats from the Mississippi Delta to the neon streets of Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. For MattyTWall - a…

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Q&A with Texas-based drummer and record producer Tony Braunagel - make everyone in the band sound good

"Blues people are basically very friendly and mostly enjoy celebrating to this music. The Blues is one of the greatest American art forms.  I’ve made a lot of friends in the Blues Community from the Blues Cruises, which I’ve done 15, to the Blues Foundation and it’s awards, which I’ve attended probably ten or so, to all the great festivals all over the world."

Tony Braunagel: Rhythm &…

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Q&A with one-man band from Paraguay, Gustavo Sánchez Haase - the roots and branches of the Blues

"The impact of the Blues in all those aspects is great. As it is a musical style of African-American origin, and it has been gradually expanding throughout the world, people from other cultures that have been trapped by the Blues sounds, have begun to be interested in its history, geography and culture, and these factors have contributed enormously in reducing the racial prejudices of the past. And I think that all this in turn caused a positive effect also…

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Q&A with Greek writer Giannis Goranitis about his book "24", literature, Rock counterculture and music

"I’m afraid it’s not that big and crucial. Most artists choose the path of political apathy. Only a few seem determined to publish their views on the modern world, and influence people, but I truly don’t know if they have any real and meaningful impact."

Giannis Goranitis: Suburban Railway Blues

Giannis Goranitis was born in Athens Greece, were he…

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French blues writer Eric Doidy tells the story of American blues rock in his book “Buried alive in the blues”

"I wish the music industry had given blues musicians what they deserved. Most of them died in poverty while their music made the fame and fortune of others. And I do wish that Magic Sam had not died that young."

Éric Doidy: Buried Alive In The…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 1, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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