Michael Limnios Blues Network's Blog – November 2019 Archive (24)

Q&A with Dutch publicist Hans Broere, having been in the music business for a quarter century

"Regardless of genres, music can be a way of addressing racial or other problems. Does it have any effect? I’m not sure but it defnitely doesn’t hurt expressing your thoughts and feelings. Does it matter anyway what colour your skin is? We all bleed red! Do we need to agree on everything? I don’t think so. It’s okay to disagree, to have your own opinion, as long as you don’t enter extremist territory."…

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Q&A with Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger - original blues songs and instrumental gems

"My fear is that now music is everywhere with platforms and magic is lost!"

Guy Bélanger: Welcome To Eldorado

Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger released his 6th solo album, Eldorado on October 2019 by Bros Records. This long-awaited new release features a mix of original blues songs and instrumental gems…

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Q&A with Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman - versatile talent, pushing himself in new directions

"Blues is a blank canvas for an artist. There are so many ways to express yourself through blues music."

Steve Strongman: Pushin' Boundaries

Tired of Talkin’ (2019) is the new album from JUNO award winner and 2019 International Blues Challenge Best Guitarist (solo/duo) Steve Strongman. Recorded in Nashville Tennessee and Hamilton…

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Q&A with singer Janiva Magness, one of the most beloved figures in the Americana, blues and roots music

"We are strong and solid as women in the Blues. I find many very talented women coming thru the ranks and find this very hopeful."

Janiva Magness: Truth, Hope and Protest

With her new Change in the Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty (2019), the Grammy®-nominated artist is at the nexus of re-invention and tradition. The album,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 28, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian band Bywater Call (Meghan Parnell & Dave Barnes) - harnessing the sounds of southern soul, gospel and blues

"In the current divisive political and social environment, I think blues and soul music has the ability to unify people around something that just speaks to the heart, but the music also provides a vessel to highlight important issues in a subtle and non-aggressive way."

Bywater Call: Spicy Music Gumbo

Born out of a love for southern soul, blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 27, 2019 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Intrepid Artists president, Rick Booth - bring his own spin to the music industry - 25th anniversary

"The Blues Music Family is a tight family. Race plays a part in our daily lives these days but in the blues world, Black Folks and White Folks all get along hang out together."

Rick Booth: The Intrepid Blues Family

Intrepid Artists Int’l was founded in Dec of 1994 by current owner and President of the company, Rick Booth. Rick Booth Jr. was born…

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Q&A with active Folk and Blues musician, Israel-based Del Goldfarb, has acted as a Blues historian over the years

"We learn about life and how to roll with the punches. And no matter how bad things seem to be, you are not alone. Blues is your family."

Delmark Goldfarb: One Blues World

Del Goldfarb writes of a singular life which carried him across the USA for years, before expanding his trails to include Europe, Israel and elsewhere. Among his…

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Q&A with Dutch blues promoter Rob Koning (King Bee Music), work with for some of the best blues bands

"Blues music is a perfect way to tell your thoughts about all these matters. On the other hand, blues can also be ‘’happy’’ blues. People want to dance to the music instead of listening to the lyrics. I don’t think blues music will change the world. I only have to remind you of M.L. King, a great man. Nothing really changed since his dead. We still have to face racial and socio-cultural problems all over the world."…

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Q&A with genuine rock’n’roll renaissance man, Mike Edison - speaks frequently on free speech, sex, drugs, and counterculture

"Better music programs in schools. It should be mandatory - all of the arts should be, but a solid introduction to blues and rock n' roll would make the world better, don’t you think?  And jazz — so people aren’t scared of it. And classical music, too, so people don’t think it is just for snobs. Mozart is fun. Miles Davis is fun."

Mike Edison: Rock n' Roll Is Here To Stay…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 25, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Greek writer/journalist Dinos Dimatatis - researcher of rock music and great music collector

"Rock music is a musical style that has a revolutionary quality and it will always be a weapon against politics and social injustice."

Dinos Dimatatis: All You Need Is Rock

Dinos Dimatatis is a lawyer, a journalist, a writer, a researcher of the Greek rock music and a great music collector. He has written five reference books on the Greek rock…

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Q&A with Texas-based Rick Lee, the best known Chinese-American guitarist anywhere in continental USA

"I would hope that the blues would continue to be primarily a storytelling medium, but I fear that “the blues” will morph and “evolve” into more commercially-appealing “blues-rock” with little to no reference to the traditional musical structures and storytelling qualities, and that the importance of lyrics will degrade into simplistic and meaningless stock “blues” cliches that serve only as a mere backdrop to endless instrumental noodling and unemotional…

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Q&A with veteran blues musician Michael Charles - from Australia to USA keeping the blues alive and well

"I miss the genuine honesty of it all. Because the original blues songs were written from their heart and soul and I’m afraid the majority today are just creating lyrics or just mimicking what they think the blues should be. But with this said it would be hard for them to write with the experiences of the original blues guys because times have changed and that type of struggling is hopefully non-existent."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 23, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with GravelRoad (Stefan Zillioux & Martin Reinsel) pushing the musical boundaries into new territories

"Music is an art. It is culture. It is life evoked through a tune. It has social implications. Social implications mean political implications in our current world. Everything is intertwined in some way."

GravelRoad: Crooked Nation Blues

GravelRoad has been pushing the musical boundaries for over a decade and a half, forging a distinct sound that…

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Q&A with Argentinian promoter Mariano Cardozo (Baires Blues) - Blues flame in the souls of South America

"The Blues speaks precisely of that, of the struggle for the same rights for all, there is no color, we are all human beings. Blues is the most direct music, which enters the heart."

Mariano Cardozo: Keeping the Blues Alive

Argentinian Mariano Cardozo is a hard worker blues producer, musician, manager and director of Baires Blues Productions.…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian musician Sue Decker - early blues and folk with the songwriting sensibility of outlaw country

"I am always drawn to the places where music connects people who might seem different from each other or divided. I've been in many situations where there are divisions or differences among people in terms of their political views and cultural backgrounds, but it melts away (or at least gets set aside) when we play music together."

Sue Decker: Outskirts of Love…

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Interview with Canadian energic vocalist Angel Forrest - her music is an incredible canvas of influences

"The music I am exposed to today...I find lacks depth and heart. Like most of what's going in in the world...I fear the loss of human connection. Hopefully the Blues will take over for the empty music we are feed on commercial radio. People are hungry to feel and be moved."

Angel Forrest: Music Canvas With Grace

In 1988, Angel Forrest began a…

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Q&A with Chicago-based Breezy Rodio, an exciting artist and rising star of blues (and beyond) music todays

"I met many wonderful musicians in Europe and Brazil. The blues is everywhere. The audience might not be the same of the one you get in Chicago, but the blues is definitely an international language!"

Breezy Rodio:

One Love, One World, One Language

Breezy Rodio impressed Chicago Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 11, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue - all aboard to the magical music voyage into the Blues colors and beyond

"Blues and Jazz Music broke down the racial barriers between people of all races, denominations and cultures before anything else did, it brought about a common love and understanding that we are still working at, harmony is the key!!"

Sugar Blue: The Colors of The Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 9, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Crescent City-based Big Mike Perez - Chicago rhythm n' blues with soul, funk and some rooted reggae

"Well I think we all know that blues was created in the south by African Americans. Using a lot of their influences and speaking of their experiences. It comes from a lot of emotions. Truth be told I stay away from politics so I really don’t know. As far as racial implications, blues nowadays is loved by every color and every ethnicity at least in my experience. Like I said before, it is a healer."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 8, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with photographer Will Jacks - documented the lively nightlife of Po’ Monkey’s, one the most famous juke joint

"Great art always reflects the sociopolitical happenings of its time. You can recognize the value of a culture based on the art being created."

Will Jacks: The Images of Mississippi

Will Jacks is a photographer, curator, storyteller, and educator of culture and relationships in the Mississippi Delta, the Lower Mississippi River region, and the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 7, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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