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Q&A with guitarist/singer Eric Johanson, makes music with authentic roots in the dynamic tapestry of New Orleans

"I think music is still hopefully a space where people can see their similarities rather than their differences. It might be a cliché, but music quite often literally brings people together and gives them an experience of oneness with each other and with the universe. I strive to do that with loud guitar noises."

Eric Johanson: NOLA Rockin' Blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 26, 2020 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with popular Canadian guitarist JW-Jones, fresh off the heels of winning "Best Guitarist" at the IBC 2020

"Blues has always evolved, and it continues to. I am not sure that I miss anything, but rather celebrate the amazing recordings that the legends left for us, and be part of the movement to keep the music alive and introducing blues to younger audiences."

JW Jones: Sonic Departures 

Veteran blues musician from Canada who has a long list of…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 26, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

Q&A with New York City based singer songwriter Kirsten Thien, moves easily from rock to blues, gospel to soul

"Music amplifies the emotion and connection to each other at a level that is non-verbal. Going back to intention, the recorded song taps into the intention of the artist. This is why, when people hear music in a language that is not their own, it can still connect and inspire."

Kirsten Thien: Between Music & Life

Kirsten…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 25, 2020 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with powerhouse bassist and front woman Lisa Mann, mastering everything from rock to rhythm and blues

"I really want people to appreciate the fact that Blues music came from the African-American community, especially now. And I want white blues musicians to stand up for the black artists out there, many of whom are suffering, or their loved ones are suffering."

Lisa Mann: Tough Girl, Freedom Blues

Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 25, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

British blues writer Alan Harper talks about his transatlantic pilgrimage to Chicago and book Waiting for Buddy Guy

"When I was a teenager the blues helped me to understand the history of racial injustice in the Unites States. We don’t need it for that any more - with camera phones and Youtube, anyone who wants to can witness that injustice for themselves. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seem to be interested."

Alan Harper: Chicago Blues Crossroads

In the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 20, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Hungarian-German musician Leslie Mandoki - raises Jazz-Rock back to socio-political relevance

"Racism is one of the most dangerous things in our society. Germany´s history as we all have seen, was breaking basic rules of civilization. We also see how racists are working anywhere I the world today. I would say that everybody is a brother of mine, the only difference is that this brother is born by another mother."

Leslie Mándoki: The Philosophy of Music…

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

Q&A with Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame guitarist James Williamson - brand new, odds-defying studio album, Two To One

"I miss reality in the music of today… everything seems synthesized and auto tuned and phone. I guess I’m old school and like it real."

James Williamson: Rock n' Roll Blodline 

Legendary proto-punk guitar heroes, James Williamson & Deniz Tek, have joined forces for a brand new, odds-defying studio album, Two To One, set to be released…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 11, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with phenomenal UK-based artist Russell Keefe (TBelly), alternative and diverse blues based music

"All music effects people. Thats what its for. I am not sure that Blues is any different to any other sort of music in that respect. All genre's of music can convey any feelings you want them to. Make people think, cry, laugh. There is nothing better than after a gig people telling you that your songs made them feel some sort of emotion. Even if they hated it. If they felt nothing, then you have failed."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 10, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with talented musician Dianne Davidson - music that moves the soul and escape any categorization

"Absolutely nothing matters except the love of the music and a pure heart. I can continue to hope I can reach at least one person per listen with love and hope and acceptance."

Dianne Davidson: Always The Dreamer

There are a lot of good singers around today and a lot of talented musicians. There are performers who draw large crowds wherever…

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Q&A with Nevada-based blues guitarist Rick Berthod - high energy and soulful blues with Peripheral Visions

"The Blues, (as is all music) is artistic expression. Some think of the Blues as sad and lonely music, but it can bring joy and happiness as well. Music can take people to a place where they forget about their everyday problems & make people smile more often."

Rick Berthod: Peripheral (Blues) Visions

Rick Berthod is a well known blues…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on August 9, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Scottish award-winning songwriter, composer Wily Bo Walker, regarded as one of the top blues vocalists in Europe.

"However, these days I feel that there is a wonderful mix of what the ‘blues’ has now become and I feel there is a refreshing artistry evoked by artists the world over who aren’t afraid to mix influences but who still operate in the realms of what we understand as a modern ‘blues’ genre. I find that exciting. New sounds and new ways to express your own ‘blues’; that very essence of human emotion."…

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Veteran bluesman Bob Angell talks about Hubert Sumlin, Ginsberg, John Mayall, Big Walter Horton, and RI scene

"The Beats really had the blues…and bopped to the beat of modern jazz. They also connected to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly and Sonny & Brownie."

Bob Angell: Supernal US Classical Music

Fresh album by Bob Angell, but a main-stay in the East Coast blues scene for many years. As Angell’s longtime mentor, the fabled Hubert Sumlin said,…

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Q&A with Peggy James, desert “Americana” flavor influences all of her songs allowing her song writing style to be both unique and eclectic

"Class, style, melody and originality - that’s what I liked about most of the music in the past - and that’s what I look for in the music of today. It’s not that it’s missing today, it’s just a little harder to find."

Peggy James: Skip The Desert Boundaries

Peggy James was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but spent her formative years in the…

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Q&A with UK-based singer songwriter Tom Gee - relaxed, funky, bluesy music with thought-provoking lyrics

"Music is not a competition. I entered lots of battle of the band style contests as a young musician and it builds an unhealthy view of what music should be like."

Tom Gee: Say It Loud... Blues, Soul & Rock

Tom Gee is just about starting again. The 30 year-old singer songwriter from Bradford has been playing across the UK since the age of 16…

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Q&A with legendary guitarist Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown - their new album titled “Ain’t Done Yet” on Quarto Valley Records

"Blues is a music form that enables to express my feelings and express my deepest emotions."

Kim Simmonds: Rockin' The Blues

Savoy Brown was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds in 1965 in London, England. Savoy Brown fans might be the luckiest fans in the world. No other blues rock act alive today has delivered so much excellent music…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 31, 2020 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with "underground goddess" Miss Mercy of the GTO's - rock n' roll girl group from Haight-Ashbury era

Miss Mercy: The Priestess of Rock n' Roll 

Miss Mercy, a.k.a. Mercy Fontenot, was born Judith Edra Peters in Burbank, California. Mercy was a member of the GTO's. The GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously) were a girl group from the Los Angeles area, specifically the…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 28, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with musician and poet Al Basile - falling comfortably between blues, jazz and the story of American roots music

"Writers try hard to put into words what musicians express through their voices and instruments – a lot of them wish they could play, and since they can't they try to get close to the power of music with their words."

Al Basile: Words, Music & Rhy(th)ms

Al Basile grew up in a park in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He graduated from Phillips Academy…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 27, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Chicago-based pianist Johnny Iguana talks about Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Delmark Records, Van Morrison, Jeff Healey and the Claudettes

"Blues will always reach SOME people because it's so immediate, simple and human."

Johnny Iguana: The Keys of King Lizard

Johnny "Ig" Iguana - born Brian Berkowitz - grew up in Philadelphia, where he studied piano from age eight and played piano and organ in blues bands from age 16. He moved to New York City at age 22, where he met one of his…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 27, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with prodigious guitarist Bill Harkleroad (aka Zoot Horn Rollo) - music traveler of the art and language of music

"Blues is at the core of everything I do musically. Truthfully I didn't and don't feel a part of Rock culture. Maybe onlookers see me as part of it...I was playing and wanted to be an artist...nothing outside of my own world."

Zoot Horn Rollo: Lunar Notes, Magic Blues

Bill Harkleroad, known professionally as Zoot Horn Rollo, is a prodigious…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on July 25, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with NYC Blues Roots-Rocker Jon Paris: toured and recorded with an impressive list of legendary artists

"The blues is the common ground, the music of the blues throughout all styles, and the feeling of the blues throughout all peoples."

Jon Paris: The Blues Had A Baby and They Named It Rock & Roll

Jon Paris…

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