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Q&A with multitalented Dutch artist René van Commenée, creating music, (sound) art objects, theatrical performances, and pyro technical spectacles

"Art, whether it’s music, visual, dance, film; any form is important in our lives. Early humans made art already; look at the wall paintings found in caves, or the flutes that were found. I don’t think we can survive without art. There are many people who think they can, a subject more and more heard in society now rightwing politics are becoming stronger and stronger. They think it is a hobby and there should be no more funding from society…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 27, 2023 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Minneapolis-based harmonica player Paul Barry, specializes in Chicago and West Coast Jump Blues

"I miss seeing all the originators that I would see sometimes seven nights a week back in the 1970's and 1980's. Unfortunately, they are no longer with us, but I was so fortunate to see and talk with many of them and even play with some of them."

Paul Barry: Blowin' Like Hell in Twin Cities

Twin Cities based harmonica man Paul Barry…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 27, 2023 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with harmonica master Chris O'Leary, ranks among the blues and roots world’s most talented unsung heroes

"My hope is that younger generations will fall in love with this music much like I did ... My fear is that they’re not being exposed to Americana is big amongst younger audiences in my opinion Blues should be a bigger part of that. When you talk about American Music Blues is woven into, and provides the bedrock for everything Rock country R&B jazz etc. so if you’re talking Americana. What’s more American than Blues."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 23, 2023 at 8:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Raphael Wressnig, one of best organ players nowadays, funk edge for a unique listening experience

"I think the most important thing in life is to be happy. That does not only apply for the life as a musician. I would think this applies to life in general. I think that all “black” music is about to “have a good time”. It doesn’t matter if it is afrobeat, soul, samba, salsa, reggae, funk or blues. Most of them celebrate joy and happiness. I think this is quite different to European music or classical music."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 21, 2023 at 8:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Boston-based Tokyo Tramps (Satoru Nakagawa & Yukiko Fujii) triumphant blast of bluesy, soulful Rock And Roll.

"I think the blues of the past had a raw sound – emotions, rhythms, voices, guitar phrases, everything feels organic and original. I do understand that it’s not easy to create your own original blues now, after so many great artists have developed it in many ways, but I believe we can find something new, something different."

Tokyo Tramps: Fearless Music Hearts…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 20, 2023 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with renowned maverick Bluesman Son of Dave, One-man harmonica beat-box experience, a timeless artist

"The music gotta be born from some simple emotions. This aint paint-by-numbers. Once you can express the most basic lustful, groovy, angry or mournful feelings with a few notes and the right rhythm then you need the technique to shape it into a tune with parts and layers. The technique that comes from learning why something doesn't work, and discipline to throw it out and try different."

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 19, 2023 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Italian duo Giudi e Quani, fusing the power and purity of rock and punk and the spirit of soul and blues

"I hope that what really matters will never change, the human spirit, the bond we have with the others and ourselves, and that music will always be able to remind us of this power and that it will find its way to strive and be reborn over and over."

Giudi e Quani: The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock & Roll

Giudi e Quani is a band formed…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 19, 2023 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian musician Brandon Isaak, a dash of Taj Mahal, a sprinkle of B.B. King and a few drops of Lighting Hopkins

"The blues has always been a social commentary and will continue to be in the future. It’s always talked about the human condition and the life of the average person. This confirms we’re all just people struggling to survive."

Brandon Isaak: One Step Closer to Blues

Born and bred from Whitehorse, Yukon and now based in Vancouver…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 19, 2023 at 9:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Chicago-based veteran blues musician Tom Morris aka Illinois Slim - Blues with soul and feeling

"What I miss nowadays is that so many of the guys I used to work with and play with have passed away. There are very few younger people playing the blues. I think if that doesn't change, the survival of the music is in trouble."

Tom Morris: Illinois Slim Plays The Blues

Tom Morris (aka Illinois Slim) is a veteran American blues guitarist,…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 17, 2023 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran rock concert photographer Jim Summaria, whose photos have been capture the Rock history

"Music, I believe is the greatest art form because it can create so many different emotions. It mostly makes people feel good and that is really needed in today's world. I want people to look at my work and just for that brief viewing moment have an enjoyable feeling."

Jim Summaria: Rock n' Roll Lens Passion…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 16, 2023 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with British Rock legend Graham Parker - veteran singer-songwriter in top form, offering up a new album

"Don’t listen to anyone, don’t let anyone sway you from your musical convictions. Ideas and advice are the last thing I need! I don’t need them cluttering up my head."

Graham Parker: Squeezing Out Sparks 

Graham Parker’s first album of new material since 2018, LAST CHANCE TO LEARN THE TWIST (2023, Big Stir Records),…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 15, 2023 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with strong and versatile vocalist Zakiya Hooker, carrying the blues torch confidently into the new generation

"Blues is a part of all music. The younger generation has reached back and infused the blues in their music of today. Each generation has to grow up to realize how important the Blues is to their music and understand how it broadens their sound and feel of their music."

Zakiya Hooker: Keeping The Blues Real

Her newest 9-tracks…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 15, 2023 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Jamiah "Deacon Denzel” Rogers - a lifelong journey to spread blues and happiness wherever he goes

"I want my music to affect people in a spiritually positive outer-body experience. I want to inspire all ages, Male and Female, to show them that anything is possible with God, hard work, discipline, and dedication."

Jamiah Rogers:

The Baddest Young Chicago Blues Man

Jamiah was 1 of 2…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 15, 2023 at 11:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Corey Lueck, frontman of The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, one of the finest original Canadian band

"I believe it’s important to preserve the blues and all roots music in general because it speaks to the human heart like no other form before it or after it and its role in society will always be that."

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band: Jam Blues

Featuring whisky-stained soul vocals, funky blues harmonica, slick R&B/roots guitar, swinging piano…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 14, 2023 at 10:00am — No Comments

Q&A with Neck Barham, his unique sound "Trap Blues" used the modern attraction of trap music to resurrect the ghosts of blues

"My hope is that the blues will never die. As much as it might fade away from the public domain, there will always be a Neck out there hollering and rambling. My fear, or rather, my discomfort, is the disrespect it gets, the systematic omission from our proverbial history books. I believe the blues should be studied as the greatest philosophy and artform of American history."

Neck Barham: New Roots…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 13, 2023 at 8:30am — No Comments

Q&A with legendary Italian prog ensemble Acqua Fragile, vocal harmonies, odd tempo signatures, romanticism, aggression, theatricality

"I miss that noble combination of sounds and silences with references and meanings. Today, most music makers donʼt even know what silence is… Music of the past would provide a spectrum of positive vibes and hope for the future. Todayʼs mainstream, with a few exceptions, sounds like an insult when not ‘causing disgust down to not caring for the future of humankind."

Acqua…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 12, 2023 at 11:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Canadian legendary musician Dave Bingham of The Ugly Ducklings, singer-songwriter and harmonica player

"I miss Originality. Period. I know it gets harder and harder, but there are many new artists around that have managed it. It’s not like it’s necessary to create a new genre. Just do it your own way – don’t follow a formula, follow your own lead. People love something original. Give them yourself. It’s easier than trying to be somebody else."

Dave Bingham: Noise From The North…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 12, 2023 at 10:30am — No Comments

Q&A with Mark Pszenny, hailing from the midlands of South Carolina, offers a soulful but edgy rock blues show

"The blues is at the heart of almost all American music, it must be preserved, fostered and carried forward for generations to come. If, not we may eventually lose the human element from the crux of all music."

Mark Pszenny: Funky Blues-Rock Vision

The Pszenny Project, hailing…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 11, 2023 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with veteran British blues musician Dave Thomas - has toured, lived and recorded all over the world

"Soul, for me, is by far the most important thing. As Buddy Guy said recently "the blues don't lie". The best blues music tells the truth straight from the heart. You can hear the depth of a man's soul through his voice."

Dave Thomas: Road To The Blues

A veteran of the British blues bloom in the 1960’s Thomas has toured, lived and recorded all…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on December 9, 2023 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Q&A with Aussie harp blaster/singer Phil Coyne, echoing the ghosts of ‘50s Chicago blues, with new attitude

"I think blues just one of those things where if I didn’t have it, I would feel there was something missing. Somehow like a hole in the spirit somewhere, and I'd be a lot sadder. Blues is such a part of me, and has been for such a long time and it’s given me so many experiences, so many friends, I'd be a shell of myself."…

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