"African American music in general is made for dancing and sharing feelings, it gives a great feel of empowerment to the listeners as well as the players and this is what we all need! We love the «feel good» messages, we also love how deep and moving it can go too, we love how everybody can rely on this music, how anybody can join in for a jam, how we can all let ourselves go and dance instinctively on this music…"…Continue
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"I think that blues music had once a great relevance in alternative music, but today it unfortunately does not attract the attention of great audiences; even among those who listen to alternative music, it often represents a “niche”. My hope for the future is that blues music can recover its leading role in the alternative scene."
The Crowsroads: Blend of Blues Folk…Continue
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"The Blues is the seed of music in America. The seed was brought here, planted here, and sprouted here. It grew as jazz, country, rock, rap, R&B. They all came from the same seed and is in every song played, we feel it every time we listen to anything, if we realize it or not."
Weezil Malone: The Rockin'est Little Band
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"The Blues is an artform that’s continually evolving, and all change is inevitable despite being primarily three chords and a one-four-five scale. I’m all for innovation. But what I regret most is that the great majority of young players today lack the basic understanding that the space between notes is just as important as the notes themselves."
Marty Gunther: I'll Write The Blues For…Continue
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"That music lives in your soul, the vibrations can heal, inspire and make you a new person. It can take you on journeys, build dreams, show you the path of life. The most beautiful thing I’ve ever known is music."
Johnny Wheels: Swamp Blues Rock Music
New album titled Keep On Pushin’ (2022), from Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys, is a…Continue
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"The Blues is like "cachaça" as we say and we like it a lot around here. I don't know exactly and I can't say for others but the Blues has something that captivates people. Maybe it's the mojo, the repetition of phrases in a verse, the identification with the stories, or the search for that story, the rhythm of the train that resembles the rhythm from the heart, the truth of each artist in the form of a song."…Continue
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"Within the reality of our society everything is consumed by the commodification machine. I’m not sure that art or music can stop that by itself. I think that art carries truth, and that truth is sometimes not the same as the existing realities served by systems. It can make people contact the Real, and this is all it can do."
George Gaudy: Human Experience…Continue
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"My belief is a musician should be as proficient on their instrument as the music they want to create so the emotions can flow through the musician without the restrictions of the body and mind."
John "Papa" Gros: The Sound of NOLA
New Orleans has its fair share of musical ambassadors; but few are more rooted in the cracked sidewalks…Continue
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"I believe that in this kind of music.... it's all about emotion. You can't fake emotion. However, it takes some technical skills to illustrate those emotions and make your voice and guitar convey them. I feel like I and most people can decipher whether an emotion is sincere or not."
Jeff Pitchell: The Blues & His Friends
Blues Hall of…Continue
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"Blues, art, culture, fate, daily routine, walking hand in hand, as long as you keep your senses alert you‘re getting closer to be a better human and a useful member of earth."
Elias Zaikos: Standing on the Blues Wire
In the words of blues prodigy Katie Webster, "Blues Wire are the…
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"The presence of high art shapes and regenerates the social group in which it develops. The universal language of Jazz is High Art. I believe that life becomes meaningful when our daily life is filled with the pursuit of the maximum enjoyment of the five senses and the possibility of spiritual expression. All this within a framework of peace, love, culture and possibly with Music as a compass for those who choose it. Clearly there are many other options…Continue
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"The balance between technique and soul? That's easy really - you have to have the technique in order to express the soul. First learn to play your instrument. Then forget how to play it and just let your soul come through. Easy to say - hard to do. I manage it occasionally."
Mick Clarke: The Man And His Blues
British Blues guitarist Mick…Continue
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"To be open-minded with all types of music and to draw from everyone. Having your own voice in this is the most important factor. You have to sound like YOU, not just copy your heroes and sound like a derivative of them. Be intelligent with your lyrics, kick ass on whatever instrument you play, dominate the room and be entertaining. They want a show and when I come to town, they’re gonna get rocked!"…Continue
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"Blues will always survive in one way or another. Of course, there was a time when it was part of what was called "race music," when it was more of an underground art form. It is the living root of jazz and rock music, and has been a significant influence in country and even pop music. Though the mass popularity of traditional blues may skip a generation now and then, blues will survive because of the honesty,…Continue
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"I think blues is still popular and will always be popular because it’s a feeling that all people experience (Blues is the life you live!) I think in Europe the blues scene has a younger listening group. And the lovers of blues treat it like its more than a passing fad. It’s really cool to see several generations of family into the same music!"
Blues Fighters: Rockin' The Soul of…Continue
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"Blues is about human struggles and feelings of the downtrodden. I am a very progressive person politically and always support the struggle of the people."
Bob Kieser: Blues Blast Around The World
Blues Blast Magazine was founded in 2007 by blues fan and publisher Bob Kieser. Based in the United States with writers across the globe, Blues Blast…Continue
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"The blues was also related to many social issues, always from the side of people that were mistreated and suffering, so its implications in our life is evident, we can live in democracy and freedom and this also thanks to all the blues musicians that were supporting the cause of equal rights. A world without the blues is really missing something..."
Davide Grandi: The Caesar of Blues…Continue
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"I’d say that Portuguese people also share the nostalgia and sorrow of the blues. We have Fado music for example, which is genre that although it comes from a different root, has similarities in terms of soul, feeling and deepness. With this in mind Portuguese blues musicians have these feelings already engraved when they play."
The Smokestackers: Feeling The…Continue
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"I think the biggest thing I miss is the way radio approached new music. Many stations were owned locally, so their favorite bands from the area plus get airplay and make a living playing original music. My hope is that the younger players see the beauty of keeping the music real. By that I mean not relying on technology more than talent. My biggest fear is the other end of that spectrum!!!"
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"Most folks have really strong views about the blues, both positive and negative. I find the negative opinions are generally due to ignorance, and with a proper introduction, those opinions change positive more often than not. The Blues chronicles the human experience of joy, pain, success, failure, work, play and love. There is no ‘Hate’ in the Blues. It is a tapestry of culture that embodies the best of humanity. Luther Allison said it best: “No Black, No…Continue
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