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Q&A with Japan's blues woman, Nacomi Tanaka - deep and natural voice, laid-back guitar, and warm personality

"That means Blues has more impact to express your feeling to people. Blues is delivery. Easy to dance, easy to clap, easy to make noise, it is the music for everyone. I want Blues to tie all people together. It could be a common language all over the world."

Nacomi Tanaka: The Blues of Rising Sun

Nacomi Tanaka is Japan's leading blues woman,…

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Q&A with supremely gifted artist Maya Rae - one of Canada’s top new Jazz musicians, with a soul that belies her age

"Jazz is definitely a specific genre and sound but something I love to do is cross genres by mixing various sounds. Jazz as a genre has definitely broadened over the past 50 years."

Maya Rae: A New Jazz Star Is Born

Vancouver-based, 17 year-old singer, musician and composer, Maya Rae, is an incredibly gifted artist with a soul that belies her age.…

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Q&A with cosmopolitan musician Kleopas - Greek origins melodies as well as his deep love for world music.

“Music is one of the strongest ways to unite humanity beyond boarders. We have also to consider music as a medicine which helps the soul to feel better and that leads to a healthier human and therefore a healthier society.”

Thanasis Kleopas: Cultural Crossroads

Kleopas is a self-taught Greek cosmopolitan musician. He has traveled, lived and played…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 23, 2020 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Florida-based Bill Blue, one of the original blues road warriors, crackles with energy and edgy guitars

"Blues was Black people's music. It brought Black people's struggles into the consciousness of White America. I think it was Keith Richards who said that Blues was America's greatest gift to the world."

Bill Blue: The King of Crazy Town

Bill Blue born in Aberdeen N.Carolina and raised in Yorktown VA, Bill first picked up a guitar when he was at…

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Q&A with LA-based Brazilian composer and guitarist Edi Roque, too bluesy for the die-hard heavy rock fans

"Unfortunately, I feel like rock music is becoming too much of a cliché and has lost his primal purpose. There’s always the good and the bad, but I don’t see a movement of any kind anymore."

Edi Roque: Rock Blues Life's Soundtrack

Composer and guitarist Edi Roque comes to Los Angeles as a transplant via fertile musical ground -- Sao Paulo, Brazil,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 21, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with committed singer-songwriter Bai Kamara Jr. - music with soul, blues, funk, R&B and jazz influences

“I have learnt to be patient and try to be a good student in life and to never stop learning. Appreciate the life lessons and stories of people we meet. There is always a lesson to be found in them.”

Bai Kamara, Jr.: World Roots Music

A warm, funky voice, but just as sober and intimate. Bai…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 20, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with vocalist, writer & sacred community curator Chanda Rule - powerfully, peacefully and bathed in Spirit

“It can be challenging and also fulfilling. Women have always been a force in music. More people are beginning to acknowledge it.”

Chanda Rule: Like Water Music

Vocalist, writer and sacred community curator Chanda Rule brings the energy and discipline of a performer to the leading of music and story in ways that encourage all people to use their…

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Q&A with Austria-based blues musician Marius Dobra, has been on the road with his guitar for more than 40 years

"I think music plays a big part in our everyday life and it helps people to be more cheerful and brave."

Marius Dobra: On A Mission From God

The bandleader and songwriter Marius Dobra has been on the road with his guitar for more than 40 years. Music and lyrics are, with a few exceptions, all written by local lower Austrian artists . You can…

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Q&A with British charismatic blues rock guitarist Dave Ellis - delivers blues that is gritty and straight up

"Blues music is now a universal language which is a great thing. While real Feeling and expression is often hard to find it is easy to recognize and the same goes for music. In a world where truth seems to be hidden, authenticity is often overlooked. But we continue to believe truth will out, thankfully."

Dave Ellis: Blues From the Heart

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Q&A with multitalented musician and writer Dennis Marcellino - a former member of many top bands

"I miss how important and ground breaking music was culturally. It doesn't seem like there has been anything new and exciting for many years."

Dennis Marcellino: Music On The Clouds

Dennis Marcellino has an extensive history in the music business as a musician who plays sax, flute, guitar and other instruments, as well as being a vocalist,…

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Q&A with NYC based Sid Whelan, blues-influenced Americana musician with an unapologetically old-school vibe

"Almost All-American music composed and/or arranged after 1900 sits on a three-legged stool. One leg is African; one leg is European and one leg is Native American. We lean more heavily on one leg or another at different times but they are all always there."

Sid Whelan: The blues & Country had a baby and called it Rock n Roll

A…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 18, 2020 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Elmore Magazine co-founder, Suzanne Cadgene - with the motto, “Saving American Music,” covers a wide variety of genres

"The impact is incalculable. Blues and rock cultures have not only influenced culture and social relations, but the music has memorialized it, documented it for history."

Suzanne Cadgène: Saving American Music

Elmore magazine is an American music publication founded in 2005 by Suzanne Cadgène and Arnie Goodman. With the motto, “Saving American…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 18, 2020 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran singer, songwriter, guitarist Forrest McDonald - earthshaking, soul-stirring music distilled in the blues

"It’s time to all join hands. We’ve got to live together. It’s time to stand up united as one through the hard times and stormy weather. I say hey, hey, the Blues is all right!"

Forrest McDonald: Blues In A Bucket

Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Forrest McDonald has been performing and recording earthshaking, soul-stirring music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 17, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Irish street artist Vincent Zara - Rory Gallagher, Beatles, over thinker, mess maker, Beamish tippler

"Rock n Roll is so expressive, emotional, political. Its certainly an art form in its own right."

Vincent Zara: Rock n' Roll Clover

Vincent Zara is a Cork based Father, Artist, Photographer, Music Lover. Rory, Sabbath, Beatles. Over thinker, mess maker, Beamish tippler. Vincent says: "I stop and start so many things. It’s awful really, working…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 16, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with German-born Jazz bassist Martin Zenker - Music can be one of the languages that can combine the common aspects that any and all cultures share.

"Jazz in itself may have a more ambiguous history than other styles, because it is a product of so many social y and cultural and economically different ingredients."

Martin Zenker:

Music Emotions & Jazz Feelings

Martin Zenker was born in Munich and has been a freelance bassist…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 14, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Tinsley Ellis - one of the premier electric blues guitarists of his generation and a certifiable master of the genre

"I miss the days when people bought music at record stores and when we could go to those stores and talk about music."

Tinsley Ellis:

Southern Blues Rock Crossroads

Tinsley Ellis is a Blues Rock musician, who grew up in southern Florida. His love for electric blues grew by listening to…

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Q&A with Croatian harmonica player Tomislav Goluban - burst with energy, passion, humor and real music

“Before fans used to come to concerts to listen to the music, to enjoy themselves, to spend time with friends and to have a memorable experience. Nowadays more and more people are coming to hang out with their smartphones, to just take pictures and videos of artists as a token, “look I was there, “instead of enjoying the live performance; especially the younger fans.”

Tomislav Goluban: Bright Blues…

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Q&A with Emmy & Oscar-award winning filmmaker Ted Reed - the spirit and the soul in the birthplace of the blues

"In all cases our societal preconceptions can be challenged and through that a new understanding can emerge, regardless of the viewer’s racial, political, etc. beliefs or orientation."

Ted Reed: The Blues Trail Revisited

Emmy-and Oscar-award winning filmmaker Ted Reed has been producing, directing, writing, and shooting films and television since…

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Q&A with versatile guitarist and singer Hermann Posch - one of the top Austrian blues players in the traditional direction

"Blues and rock music bring people together, regardless of their ethical background and origin. That is the great thing about this music. From a socio-cultural point of view it is very important and a way that really works in reality. It's a logical conclusion that comes out of it, because only the music is in the foreground. Also politically we can get to know each other through this music."

Hermann…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on January 12, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Dutch Blues-Rocker Julian Sas, one of the greatest artists in his genre in the Netherlands and Europe

"We as musicians have to tell stories, give people stuff to think about, make them aware of the politics that influence our lives. Inspire each other and communicate..."

Julian Sas: The Electric Netherlands 

Julian Sas is one of the greatest artists in his genre the Netherlands has ever produced and as a guitarist he belongs to the absolute top of…

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