Michael Limnios Blues Network's Blog – June 2023 Archive (22)

Q&A with Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo, throughout his career has performed with many musical greats

"I felt that The Blues from its infant years and birth was always about honestly expressing oneself. It would be great if we can get to that point. of honestly expressing ourselves. In our micro and macro relationships."

David Rotundo: Blues With Feeling!

Toronto blues harpist David Rotundo heard James Cotton perform at the El Mocambo in 1991. “He…

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Q&A with West Side Chicago bluesman Larry Hill Taylor, the oldest son of the master guitarist Eddie “Playboy” Taylor

"The Blues is the way of life for my people. It describes all the suffering we've been going through."

Larry Taylor: A Great Generation of Blues

The Taylor family stands treetop tall as a fully-fledged and remarkably enduring Chicago Blues dynasty. That’s never been more apparent than with the release of Larry Taylor and the Taylor Family:…

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Q&A with virtuoso guitarist Nick Moss, a crucial figure in carrying on the Windy City blues style and sound

"The blues music has always been a barometer of socio-cultural implications in society. It will continue to always address the issues of our time. People are always going to write about what’s going on and how they’re feeling about what’s going on."

Nick Moss: The Spirit of Classic Blues

The third Alligator release by one of the…

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Q&A with Chicago-based Soul Rockin’ Blues singer Skylar Rogers - strong, passionate, and energetic artist

"Blues has given us an understanding of the past, which we can use to unite in the present. We truly need to listen to the voices of the past, and listen carefully. It gave the black man a way to voice his struggles that he otherwise would not have the chance to speak of so freely. Blues has shown us that the ladies have paid their dues and have earned the right to stand side by side with the fellas."…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 22, 2023 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Q&A with Roots guitarist, singer, teacher, and songwriter Brandon Hudspeth, heavily influenced by the Blues

"The honesty and sometimes simplicity of Roots music is one of the things that make it so pure and beautiful to me. It's a good way for me to go about living, being simple and honest. Roots music also is a good reminder that simplicity can be very complicated. I think simplicity can be extremely important in a very complicated world."

Brandon Hudspeth: Riding the Blinds…

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Q&A with poet/musician Scottie Miller, an art gumbo of original poetry and music breathed life by his creativity

"Open mindedness, hard work and dedication to your craft, gratitude, humility and confidence. It’s all about the hang, and being in the present moment. Taking time to talk with the people you meet. Whether you’re at home practicing, traveling at all hours of the night or on the stage."

Scottie Miller: Words, Notes, and Music

Carnival…

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Q&A with master soul/bluesman Leonard “Lowdown” Brown, marvel of easy grooves, soulful vocals, and well-written songs

"The blues is a positive force. It comes to heal pain and relieve pressure. It brings people together with one common goal, to have fun and take the real blues away."

Leonard “Lowdown” Brown:

Blues Is Calling Me

The Fender Jazzmaster-wielding singer, bandleader, and songwriter…

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Q&A with acoustic Americana & Songwriter Pistol Pete Wearn - fusing Appalachia with homegrown UK folk

"It’s all about the soul, but having the technique in your pocket if you need it can really help the soul to say what needs saying."

Pistol Pete Wearn: Roots Stormer

On his new album, Blues, Ballads & Barnstormers (2023), Pistol Pete Wearn sets a table that stretches from the delta to Appalachian and the Smoky…

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Q&A with Mexican-American Musician Nic Clark, a heartfelt musician putting the everyday Generation Z experience

"I think blues music is the bed rock of American culture, not just it’s music. This music helps people carry on and push through a lot of trying times. I listen to a lot of Mavis Staples when I’m down. I want my music to help people out the way her music helps me."

Nic Clark: Generation Z Blues

If you’re ever in need of a friend, simply put on the…

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Q&A with LA based multimedia artist Freedom Heartsong, Blues rooted rock n’ roll goodness with poetic lyrics

"As my life and my music have always been intrinsically intertwined, the most important lessons I have learned from music are also life lessons. Love and be loved. Be true to yourself, your true self. Spread kindness and good vibes. Be the best you can be and find a way to share that beauty with the world."

Freedom Heartsong: The Humane Music…

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Q&A with Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger - original blues songs and instrumental gems

"My fear is that now music is everywhere with platforms and magic is lost!"

Guy Bélanger: Voyages & Other Stories

Quebec’s popular harmonica player/songwriter Guy Bélanger presents VOYAGES & OTHER STORIES (2023), his seventh solo album. The album contains elements of blues as well as subtle touches of funk…

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Q&A with guitarist/singer Brad “Guitar” Wilson, has a soulful contemporary sound, tapping into all his sources of inspiration

"It is about having your health. Feeling good and your body working well enough to make music. Music is very physical, takes a lot to play and instrument and sing. Life can be a struggle and people use drugs, liquor and bad relationships to cope. That stuff just breaks you down and you can't go on. Your music and voice is not as good if you do not take care of yourself."

Brad "Guitar"…

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Q&A with bass player George Kapitanellis of Cosmic American Derelicts, a true rock and roll band in every sense

"Most popular music today is all fluff with no substance. No one sings about love, and I think that is what's been lost on today's music. People sing about fucking, their giant asses, how cool they are, who they beat up, raped or killed, how gangster they are, calling women hoes and bitches."

George Kapitanellis: Bergenfield Blues

New…

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

Q&A with singer/multi-instrumentalist Arwen Lewis, psychedelia-tinged brand of rock music for a whole new era

"I think that music creates community, and allows the listener to feel connection on a spiritual level, you can’t see it, but you can feel it, and that’s an element of healing that is a timeless gem. In addition to this, I also hope that music positively inspires all who experience it."

Arwen Lewis: Music Under the Stars

Technically, Arwen Lewis…

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Q&A with Kansas City jump blues guitarist Mike Bourne, electrifying energy, vintage style, and full-throated swagger

"I think the blues is due for a comeback with younger people in an over-tech, digital world. People crave real things and experiences, and I think the blues is that. I see it more when I travel than here in the states, where audiences are older. I try to find places that don’t generally hire blues bands, even if it’s for less money. Just to expose younger audiences. And I try to always help if a younger artist needs anything. Should and probably will do…

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Q&A with songwriter/guitarist Kyle Culkin, American roots music that projects a truthful authenticity from hard learned lessons of life on the road

"There are so many varieties of music today that I think there is something for everyone. I hope that people who listen to my records understand the importance of living the human experience. Life is short so embrace it all, the good and the bad. Without hard times, we can’t appreciate the good times, so I try to approach music with that same self-reflection and a little humor mixed in. Hopefully that concept is something the listener can connect with. I’ve…

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Added by Michael Limnios Blues Network on June 8, 2023 at 9:00am — No Comments

Q&A with legendary Soul man William Bell, who co-wrote one of the most covered songs in blues/rock music history

"The most important lesson that I’ve learned on my musical path is just to be honest about your music, be loyal to your following and put forth your best efforts because you’re an influencer and that is not to be taken for granted."

William Bell: The Soul Legend

The man who co-wrote one of the most covered songs in blues/rock music history is also…

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Q&A with Louisiana native roots-rock innovator Eric Johanson, uses blues as a springboard for an edgier, broader sound

"I'm still learning all the time, but I've seen that music can be something that unites people and connects us with something bigger than ourselves. It's important that we connect with the raw experience of life, rather than always trying to define ourselves, and the moment of experiencing music you connect with is truly freeing. That's what I'm trying to create in my shows and in my music."

Eric…

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Q&A with acclaimed musician and producer Todd Cochran, has experienced music as a way of life and being in a myriad of settings

"While music cannot stop the horrors occurring in our world, it can lead us to the practice of communicating better and with humanness to the degree that constructive dialogue continues to occur.  Art is for all, and I’ve always known that music can affect change. I want the music on this album to give us a place to focus our attention on what it means to be human together. The intention is to replace any pictures of dystopia with visions of…

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Q&A with Terry Medd of The Bluesland Horn Band, talented musicians dedicated to keeping blues music alive and well.

"I do miss the tremendous originality that blossomed in the late 60’s and 70’s. Digitization wreaked havoc on the industry and although it’s come back, I’m not sure it’s come back better. We don’t follow fads too closely preferring to continue on our own musical path."

Terry Medd: Welcome in the Bluesland

Western Canada’s The Bluesland Horn Band…

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