"As far as the future of music, no fears at all--I’m excited to hear it. I’ve always loved new music, and frankly, it’s usually what I listen to when given the choice."
Birch Johnson: Crimson Slide
Birch "Crimson Slide" Johnson is a first call studio trombonist, Emmy nominated composer, producer and songwriter based in New York City. His…Continue
"I think art and the blues/rock counterculture brings people together, not only musicians but photographers too."
Pauline Bailey: Down Under Artwork
Australian artist Pauline Bailey, says: “I was born in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh and have lived in Gippsland since 1990. I work primarily with acrylics and I often incorporate pastel, charcoal…Continue
“Jazz has always been in the middle of racial political, spiritual, and socio-cultural struggles. Jazz in my opinion is the most inclusive form of music that exist. Jazz also offers a very unique and particular way of freedom of expression, which has been from it beginning a powerful tool for musicians all around the world to express their views about everything such as, social inequality, racial and gender discrimination, cultural differences,…Continue
"That music would unite people with the message that Jimi Hendrix tried to promote Love, Happiness, and Peace!"
John Campbell: Are You Experienced?
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? Are widely acknowledged as the top Jimi Hendrix Tribute band in Europe. They were formed in 1996 by guitarist John Campbell. John (an ardent longtime Hendrix fan)…Continue
"Blues music is at the heart of our very rich heritage of growing up in the United States. There is a lot of noise and distraction nowadays to confuse and waste the only thing we really have, which is time, and a limited amount of it, at that. Don’t waste it! The impact of Blues is elemental and powerful. It began, and is, Black, African-American music, but it is embraced and preserved by everyone, now."…Continue
"I feel blues these days is really too broad. Most of what people refer to as the blues is nothing more than rock and roll. Contemporary blues for the most part has become too predictable. The important thing about the blues is to make it your own. This is very, very challenging."
Janky: The Power of Texassippi Groove
"Now today the whole world appears to have no answer, no hope, no solutions. So, it's like we are all slaves, but are we going to give up and roll over, or will we keep singing those Blues away? I had no idea what Big Joe Turner meant when he said to us (I was 25 years old) "Don't the Blues make you feel so happy?" Now I know. It's living in spite of trouble, not looking for it nor griping."
"I think I would want to change the level of patience and sense of subtleness of both the listeners and musicians. These days you have to be a bit more "extreme" to even get noticed. People don't seem to appreciate the simplicity and will to just groove without some fast and crazy soloing lines."
Jan Korinek: Groove All Night Long
“GROOVE” - No…Continue
"When rock 'n' roll first happened it was a threat to the mainstream. When Chuck Berry happened it was a threats white America. When the bad brains happened it was a threat to rock 'n' roll."
Popa Chubby: It's A Mighty Hard Road
His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music…Continue
"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."…Continue