Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE's Blog – September 2017 Archive (24)

Q&A with Sacramento blues woman Val Starr - has experienced a lifetime of music both as a performer and music industry executive

"My hopes are that the blues are discovered by a new generation and my fears are that the “gatekeepers of the blues” will not accept new and innovative blues expressions."

Val Starr: Always Turn The Blues On…

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Q&A with veteran musician and producer Michael Wedgwood, an unassuming gentleman with an impressive CV

"Rock and Blues have always helped to erase the lines between races and cultures, and it's often the known musicians who stand up and speak out for the victims of these problems. I think music in general has a very great positive impact, although sadly it doesn't seem to be nearly enough!"

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Q&A with the blues/rock guitarist Alastair Greene, has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over 2 decades

"I would imagine the impact earlier on in the history of the Blues had a lot more implications. Now-a-days most of the time I’m in a room with Blues musicians and Blues fans and supporters there are people from all races and walks of life all getting along supporting this wonderful music."

Alastair…

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Q&A with singer/harmonica master Kim Wilson, has gone back to the basics and old school Chicago blues

"The Blues culture that I know has made me a much more positive person. When I first got into this music and met these great masters, they exceeded any expectation I had of humanity. If I can be half the person that they were, everything will be all right."…

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Q&A with singer Harrison Kennedy, has been able to pull from styles as varied as Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, and Gospel

"The impact is obviously worldwide. Who doesn't know Marvin Gaye’s "What's Going On” or Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are a Changing" music has a way to tell the truth and shame the devil."

Harrison Kennedy: Chairman of Soul…

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Armenian Jazz critic/writer Simon Sargsyan talks about the Jazz, Blues and local Armenian music scene.

"I think jazz and blues have largely influenced global literature. Julio Cortazar, one of my favorites, came to compose prose in jazz rhythm. You can also find a lot of works in blues rhythm. Unfortunately, both jazz and blues are not part of mass culture."

Simon Sargsyan: The Jazz & Blues…

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Q&A with vocalist, dancer and entertainer Mizz Lowe - fusion of Jazz, Blues, Tap & Modern Dance

"I feel that Blues and Soul music has and have had a big impact on the Black culture from slavery to now. Blues was the feel good music for our fore parents just as Soul is the new blues for the newer generation now. As I go to the different festivals and concerts and I scan the crowd, I’m noticing that the fans are getting younger and younger."…

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Q&A with Italian Hammond B-3 player Luca Chiellini - high energy is what describes the approach to his music

"The racial discrimination and socio-cultural differences go away with the music, and it’s the best part of it in my opinion. It equalizes everything and everyone, and it is extremely important in a world like the one with have today, where both in Europe and the USA old racial and social discrimination is coming back."…

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Interview with famed L.A. keyboardist David Garfield - keeping the spirit of Old School R&B fresh and alive

"My hope is that people will start making more music with instruments and not machines and that good creative music will continue to be cherished & supported. My fear is that we will no longer own music and uses cd players etc and that everything will be controlled on a cloud type system."

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Interview with guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong - was born to play the blues

"The blues has changed for the good and bad. A lot of the blues today is basically rock blues. The guitar playing is fast and a there is a lot of distortion; for me some of it does not have any feeling."

James Armstrong:…

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Q&A with guitar slinger Jennifer Batten - playing everything from straight ahead rock, to metal, fusion, and funk.

"Music with a message is getting to young people. That’s powerful. It brings people together and creates a more powerful energy. Just to know you’re not alone in your beliefs and thoughts brings confidence and unity to a movement."

Jennifer Batten: Rock n'…

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Q&A with talented musicians, Cassie Keenum & Rick Randlett - blues with a side of deep southern soul

"The blues allows us to express those deep and poignant feelings without saying a word. Sometimes you have to talk about the darkness before you can let in the light."

Cassie Keenum & Rick Randlett:

Fresh Old…

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Q&A with Webster Ave (Tony Mercadante, David Webster and Andrew Caturano), a trio of industry veterans

"The blues are born from struggle, hardship, and pain as well as lust, joy, and freedom. They represent the basic building blocks of the human experience."

Webster Ave: Roots Spectrum

“Daylight” (2017) is…

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Q&A with Norwegian blues guitarist/singer Eric Slim Zahl - 50s swingin´ rock´n roll, boogie and blues-a-billy

"Historically, the blues is the working man´s music, rebellious and true. Through blues lyrics, you often hear the writer’s pain and agony described. Still, for me the blues is also about friendship and erasing borders between people."

Eric Slim Zahl: Scandinavian Swing…

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Q&A with Blues & Rock guitarist from Chicago, Joel DaSilva - soul and blues running through his veins

"It's (Blues) one of the last true American Art forms still going today."

Joel DaSilva: Everywhere Blues

Joel DaSilva has soul and blues running through his veins. Born in Rockford and raised in Chicago,…

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Q&A with guitarist Chickenbone Slim - San Diego based bluesman, has been playing blues for over 25 years

"Any time you write a song, create art, you can speak the truth, you can send a message. I believe if enough of us stand up and say something it will change."

Chickenbone Slim: The Big Beat

Chickenbone…

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Q&A with Martha High, one of the hardest working ladies in show business, sings about love and happiness

"Blues is a feeling, that comes from within. That’s why most blues singers sing with there eyes closed. Most lyrics are written about what they are going through or how they feel about life. It sometimes be sad or sometimes happy feelings."

Martha High: The Soul of…

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Q&A with Southern musician Lew Jetton - produces critically acclaimed Southern-Fried Chicago Blues sound

"Blues music has been one of the major factors in bringing the races together. The music brought black and white fans together and brought black and white musicians together. In the music there is common ground and love because the blues is about the basic feelings and emotions of everyone, no matter their race."…

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Q&A with critic and author Howard Mandel - covers jazz, blues and other popular American and world musics

"Mark Twain was at the font of the American vernacular style the blues and jazz gave Impetus to, and we can put Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Jack London, a few others there, too. Then read the fiction of Dasheill Hammett, Enest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Ishmael Reed, Chester Himes – "hear" the rhythms and snap of their language, the sounds of people meeting in the streets and taverns of modern cities –…

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Q&A with Greek musician Angelos Krallis (Chickn) - influenced by psychedelia, krautrock and European experimental musik

"Music is going to make us dance, music is going to make us think. Music is a language when other languages fail. Music is the language of the stars, the language of the universe."

Angelos Krallis: Jetztzeit Rock…

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Added by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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