"Sometimes it feels like a good performance can really help people through their week. It gives them a shot of juice and keeps a positive attitude going in their lives at least for a little while. The healing power of the blues and music in general can’t be underestimated. Musicians have responsibilities in this regard."
Johnny Hoy: Dancing With The Blues…Continue
"I’m very lucky to have had career in music for over five decades. Perhaps fans around my own age share collective experiences. It’s heartening to find that the music I play continues to resonate with both long-time fans and is passed on to newer generations."
Leo Lyons: Movin’ On Rock n' Roll
Legendary bassist Leo Lyons and Hundred Seventy Split…Continue
"San Francisco is a mecca for avant-garde and eclectic artists; as the city has historically had a migration of people coming from areas of the country where they were suppressed economically, artistically and spiritually!"
Natalie Martel: San Francisco Echoes
Canadian born, San…Continue
"Blues is not necessarily music only, it can be any kind of expression, and since it is the root of today’s music, it touches the soul and heart of a person. Kids nowadays are less connected with the older generations and their way of life, and it is unlikely for them to discover the blues on their own."
Odin S “The Bluesboy”: Sunrise Blues…Continue
"Meeting up with people all over the world shows, that as soon as come to a place as a musician, you're not a stranger anymore. You're welcomed, you become part of a community for one night and sometimes you find friends for the rest of life. Music unites people and makes people happy."
Back to the Old Good Days of Blues…Continue
"Don't overthink. Don't try to imagine what the viewer, listener, or reader understands. Keep it pure. Don't dismiss the irrational. If you understand your own work entirely it is probably not very good - and always woo the muse of the odd!"
M.A. Littler: Creative Force Blues
M.A. Littler, a German/South African writer and filmmaker has written…Continue
"We live in a synthetic world. It will get worse before it gets better. But in about 20 years we will have exhausted ourselves with our lack of authenticity and begin to return to nature. And that’s when I think a whole new generation of teenagers will be looking for authentic music. The blues is humble, its natural and it will always be there."
Francis Dunnery: Tombstone…Continue
"Most people react to the energy of music and blues music is a very direct form of that energy. One of the most beautiful aspects of blues music is its ability to cross between the cultural perspective."
Rev. Richard John: Nothing But The Blues
The Reverend´s music is foot tapping blues which appeals to audiences both young and old. The Reverend's…Continue
"Roots music is everywhere, even if it's not defined as such. The rise of Americana music tells me that it's only gaining in popularity. American country music has gone so pop that people have decided to gravitate toward the more authentic Americana genre."
Joyann Parker: Back To The Roots
A powerful singer of blues, soul, Americana and more,…Continue
“I want people to hear my voice and my music—and feel good. I think musicians can influence the pulse of the people. Voices and stories are powerful. The narratives we focus on are powerful. Some see the blues as the voice of the oppressed, but in the stories, I heard from my great-uncle Will Roy Sanders and other members of my family, the blues was always the voice of freedom. Our freedom is in our songs.”…Continue