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An interview with the poet Yannis Livadas: Jazz offered me a faith in permanent innovation in poetry.

"Inspiration comes from life, from all its aspects. I don’t have mentors; I have only a grandfather, Blaise Cendrars."

Yannis Livadas:…

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The Texas Bluesman Denny Freeman talks about the Lone Star Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Antone's club

DENNY FREEMAN

As an adolescent and young teen in Dallas, Texas in the late1950's, Denny Freeman heard on the radio the radical new sounds of people like Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Chicago and Louisianna blues artists like Muddy waters and Slim Harpo. Freeman would go to concerts…

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Jimi Hendrix Park to Open in Seattle

Guitar great Jimi Hendrix will be honored next year when the Jimi Hendrix Memorial Park opens in his hometown of Seattle.

The park will cover 2.5 acres and be in the shape of a guitar and feature “lyrical stepping stones, rain drums, a sculpted…

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An Interview with Washington's Best Kept Secret of Blues, Linwood Taylor

Linwood Lee Taylor is tuned in to Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters, as well as Freddy King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, just to name a few.

In fact, Taylor often played with Collins on the East Coast and treats fans to “Frosty”, a Collins…

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Blues legend Hubert Sumlin dies

Hubert Sumlin, who gained blues fame as a guitarist for the legendary Howlin' Wolf from about 1954 to 1976, and in more recent years as a solid performer on his own, died at Sunday 4 December. His death closes yet another window into blues history.

Hubert…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 5, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Blues Club, Athens Greece - 30th Anniversary

THANX BLUES !

"Blues" is a club-bar in the centre of Athens - Greece (20 Panormou Str.) that first opened in November 1981 and is still going strong with steady customers of all ages. There, you can listen to all sorts of Blues. From Leadbelly and Robert Johnson to North Mississippi All Stars, R.L.Burnside, Otis Taylor and Red Devils. Located in an old two - storey…

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An Interview with bluesman Jimmy D. Lane: I consider myself a lifelong student of the blues

"Blues can be considered a way of life and it definitely is a feeling. The feeling has many shades...from low, dark blue to electric, fiery red."

Jimmy D. Lane

In the Name of  the…

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R.I.P J. Blackfoot

J. Blackfoot (born John Colbert, November 20, 1946 – November 30, 2011), was an American soul singer, who was a member of The Soul Children in the late 1960s and 1970s, and subsequently had a moderately successful solo career. His biggest hit was "Taxi", which reached the charts in both the US and UK in 1984.

John Colbert was born in Greenville, Mississippi, moving to Memphis, Tennessee with his family as a child. Generally known as "J." or "Jay", he acquired the…

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Columbia Records executive Don DeVito dies

Don DeVito, a longtime Columbia Records executive who produced the key Bob Dylan albums "Blood on the Tracks" and "Desire" and also worked with artists including James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith, has died. He was 72.

DeVito died Friday after a 16-year battle with prostate cancer, according to a statement released by Columbia on Monday.…

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The West Coast Blues Guitarist Dan Hayes Talks About the 60's Blues Explosion & His Memories From the "Hippie" San Francisco

Blues mean freedom to express what and how you feel.

Dan Hayes was born and raised in Marin County, California during the 50s and 60’s. He became a professional Musician in the mid 60s and soon formed the Dan Hayes Group, and the Dan Hayes Blues Band, which opened for such acts…

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15th Annual Maple Blues Awards 2012 - Toronto Blues Society

The Toronto Blues Society will hold its 15th annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony on Monday night, January 16th, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.

The Canadian blues scene has long rivaled its south-of-the-border neighbor in international status, the country hosting a thriving, vital blues community with many artists of note and more than a few fast-rising up and comers. The annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony honors excellence among Canadian blues…

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An Interview with Susan Lanier - Bramlett: The BLUES lets you know you're not alone on the "down" part of the ride

SUZE LANIER-BRAMLETT has been on stage since the early age of 11, when she won Best Young Actress in Dallas, starring in the play “Winnie, The Littlest Witch.” Her one woman show, “SWAMP CABARET” has been playing to packed houses in the LA area. The recent release of her new CD, “SWAMP CABARET,” integrates her love for singing, songwriting, stand-up comedy &…

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An Interview with the Legendary Producer & Musician Paul Hornsby: Never Quitting

"Music that I like to hear does.  I want to hear about something I can feel and can relate to."

Paul Hornsby:

The South's Gonna Do It…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 19, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

An Interview with Toscho of Blues Company: I Definitely Created Something Different, with a Lot of Balkanesque Feeling.

Toscho & Blues Co.

The Blues Company from Osnabrück, Germany is neither a hodgepodge of rank beginners nor – to borrow business lingo – a group of new business starters. Rather, they are a team of artists who have made their mark, musicians with experience and know-how…

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Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power talks about Fillmore, King Curtis, Sly & his relationship with God

"The thing I miss most about the 60's is the freedom and inspiration we had musically. Everywhere you looked people were trying new and exciting things and it was very stimulating and creative."

Tower of Power: The Power of Music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 18, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

An Interview with Larry Garner a swamp blues philosopher: Everyone Has a Shade of Blues in Their Life

"In my opinion blues is life. Some people have a harder life than others and everyday is the blues for them but I believe that everyone has a shade of blues in their life."

Larry Garner …

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 15, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

2012 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards

Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.

The Blues Foundation will present the 2012 KBA Awards during a recognition brunch Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The KBA ceremony will be part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events.

Unlike the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 14, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Blues great Doyle Bramhall dies

Doyle Bramhall, a Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborator who wrote or co-wrote some of the most recognizable blues songs of the '80s including The House is Rockin', has died. He was 62. A friend of Bramhall’s said the Dallas-born singer, drummer and songwriter had been suffering from pneumonia recently, but no official cause of death has been released.

Bramhall’s career spanned more than 40 years, during which he provided the beat and the lyrics for a modern sort of…

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An Interview with guitarist/singer Ana Popovic: Blues is Unconditional. Maybe the most CONSERVATIVE style of all

"This is how I see  the blues: the beauty of less, "don't make it too tidy" kind a thing.. beauty of the basics and an instrument."

Ana Popovic: Belgrade Blues Storm

Ana's career…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 13, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

An Interview with Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane & Hot Tuna: The Folkies Love the Blues

"I miss the musical camaraderie of the past… the music is alive and well!"

Jorma Kaukonen: Living, Learning, Loving…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on November 12, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

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