September 24, 2021
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Interview with Memphis-based drummer Rodd Bland – the son of immortal singer Bobby “Blue” Bland – was born into the blues. How has the Blues and Soul music ...
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Blues interview with Blues guitarist, composer and arranger Nicola Mingo. An interview by email in writing.  JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got ...
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Interview with Mike MacDonald & Tyler Pantlin of Shakey Trill, an original, gutsy and raw blues/folk duo based in Canada How has the Blues and Folk Counterculture influenced ...
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Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019) Eric Clapton kicked off his Crossroads Guitar Festival at the American Airlines Center ...
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Interview with Clarence Spady, the Pennsylvania guitarist has followed the footsteps of the soul-blues pioneer. How has the Blues and Soul music influenced your views of the world ...
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BLUES New CD's Review VIDEOS

This third release from South African pianist/ composer Neil Gonsalves is a celebration of the motherland, reflection on life at (and beyond) the age of 50 and clear ...
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Interview with acoustic blues slide guitarist Donna Herula, passion for Deep South and Chicago blues improvisation. How has the Blues and Roots music influenced your views of the ...
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Interview with Pennsylvania-based guitarist Jeff Fetterman, delivers the promise to keep the blues alive and well. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the ...
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Interview with NYC-based Adam Schultz, focuses on jazz and blues guitar, fusing the two genres in his own unique style. How has the music influenced your views of ...
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Interview with singer/songwriter and blues activist, Debbie Bond – inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. How has the Blues music (and blues people) influenced your views ...
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Interview with 4 Hombres & Flowery (Darko Knežević & Iva Ivanisevic), a Bosnia/Herzegovina based Blues Rock band. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of ...
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Interview with British guitarist/songwriter Ritchie Dave Porter – music from his struggles and life adventures. How do you describe the Ritchie Dave Porter sound and songbook? What characterizes ...
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The world’s first “house of blues” is poised to become an official City of Chicago landmark, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced today. The former home of blues legend McKinley ...
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Interview with blues harmonica wailer and forceful vocalist, Rob Stone – combines tough Chicago blues tradition with a swinging West Coast rhythmic drive. How has the Blues music ...
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Interview with Mississippi blues artist Chris Gill, has been lighting up stages in the mid-South for over twenty years. How has the Blues (and people of) influenced your ...
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Interview with Florida-based Alex Lopez, an acclaimed musical artist quickly taking the blues/rock scene by storm. How has the Blues and Rock counterculture influenced your views of the ...
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Interview with female blues artist Cathy Grier, plays a fundamental blues style, channeling the great artists of the past. How has the Blues music and activism influenced your ...
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Interview with guitarist Rich Russman of Shakin’ Woods, a Washington, DC based blues band with funk n’ rock feeling. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your ...
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Interview with Dutch blues guitarist Chris Janssen of Sweet Bourbon – blues, jazz and soul influences with southern-rock style. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your ...
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June 18 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the leading American blues music companies. In 2021, it will be 50 years since Alligator Records released their first ...
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Interview with Bay Area blues singer supreme, Tia Carroll – from the heart with passion, emotion, and warmth. Tia’s new album YOU GOTTA HAVE IT! is her first ...
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Interview with harmonica virtuoso Martin Lang, captures the wailing urgency that makes Chicago blues harp famous worldwide How has the Blues (and people of) influenced your views of ...
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Interview with Arizona-based blues harpist/vocalist, R. D. Olson – brings high-energy music to fill your soul. What do you learn about yourself from the Blues people and culture? ...
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ARTISTS BLUES VIDEOS

McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, gave the world one kind of great Chicago blues – harsh and electrifying, ferociously intense and deeply rooted in down home poetics. Joe ...
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Interview with Soul Rockin’ Blues singer Skylar Rogers – strong, passionate, and energetic artist. How has the Blues, Soul and Rock music influenced your views of the world ...
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Interview with Texas-based multitalented blues musician Sam Barlow, both frontman and session player has spanned a wide array of genres. How has the Blues and Rock n’ Roll ...
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Interview with charismatic showman Eb Davis, the Blues Ambassador of Arkansas has been delighting audiences all over the world. How has the Blues and Soul music influenced your ...
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Interview with Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter, Joanna Connor – one of the reigning Queens of blue rock guitar. How has the Blues and Rock culture influenced ...
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Interview with Finnish blues singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen: voted #2 on Total Guitar’s “10 World’s Best Guitarists Now” poll. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views ...
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We recorded the song “Stand And Deliver”, the proceeds of which will be transferred to the Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund. Morrison established it to “help musicians struggling financially ...
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Interview with St. Louis-based Jeremiah Johnson: the voice of Mississippi River blues blending with the struggles of everyday life. How has the Blues, Rock and Roots music influenced ...
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BLUES NEWS VIDEOS

Ebo Taylor became one of Ghana’s major prolific musicians in the 1950s and ‘60s, making his signature Ghanaian highlife that influenced the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti. As ...
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Interview with Texas blues musician Hamilton Loomis: Christmas album “This Season” brings us hope – at a time when it’s needed most. How has the Blues and Rock ...
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Interview with Canadian guitarist Jack de Keyzer, pays tribute to the great blues masters and heroes How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the ...
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Interview with blues singer Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield – Muddy Waters‘ youngest son is a rising star on the Chicago blues scene. How has the Blues music influenced your ...
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Interview with East Coast guitarist Peter Veteska & Blues Train: steaming full-bore blues, funk, soul and swinging good time music What do you learn about yourself from the ...
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Interview with Boris Hrepić Hrepa & Antonija Vrgoč Rola of Sunnysiders: celebrating their 10th anniversary with a new album titled ‘The Bridges’ How has the Blues and Rock ...
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Since all of his concerts and tours have been canceled, Joe Bonamassa invites you to an online concert to give fans a chance to hear him during these ...
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Interview with Louisiana Music Hall of Famer, Lucas Spinosa: a keyboard player with a remarkable talent for songwriting. How has the Blues and Louisiana’s music influenced your views ...
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BLUES FESTIVALS VIDEOS

September originally set up a program with guests from Australia and the USA in Fiona Boyes and Heather Crosse respectively in addition to good Norwegian names like Steinar ...
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Interview with Canada-based blues musician JW Jones, fresh off the heels of winning “Best Guitarist” at the IBC 2020 released new album. How do you describe your sound, ...
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Interview with powerhouse bassist and front woman Lisa Mann: mastering everything from rock to rhythm and blues. How has the Blues and Counterculture influenced your views of the ...
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Interview with Nevada-based blues guitarist Rick Berthod: High energy and soulful blues with Peripheral Visions. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world ...
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Interview with Eric Hughes: embodies the sound of Memphis through his live shows and award-winning recordings. How has the Blues and Soul music influenced your views of the ...
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Many blues clubs have not had concerts since the infection control measures were introduced in March, and most of the audience have only seen concerts on digital streaming ...
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Interview with North Carolina-native singer & guitarist Harvey Dalton Arnold: Passion for the blues How has Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the ...
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Interview with blues, roots, and rock musician CD Woodbury: Northwest’s best kept secret. How has the Blues and Rock counterculture influenced your views of the world and the ...
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Interview with Gregg Martinez: A rhythm and blues singer and purveyor of the south Louisiana genre called Swamp Pop. How has the NOLA music and heritage influenced your ...
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Interview with Bachir Attar, the leader of Master Musicians of Jajouka: The primordial echo of rock ‘n’ roll Which is the most interesting period in your life and ...
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Interview with Canada-based pianist/singer Michael Kaeshammer: Boogie On The Blues Highway How has the Blues and Jazz Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve ...
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Interview with UK guitarist Chantel McGregor – the Blues came first, but rock and pop was always waiting on the corner. How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture ...
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Interview with Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn – The Canadian duo keeps the legend of Elmore James alive! How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views ...
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Interview with UK guitarist, Norman Beaker: An ambassador of British blues around the Europe with new album on his belt. How has the Blues n’ Rock Counterculture influenced ...
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Lucky Peterson, a keyboardist, guitarist and singer whose blues career kicked off with a novelty hit at age 5, eventually sprawling over dozens of albums and thousands of ...
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Interview with multiple Blues Music Award winner Doug MacLeod – superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals. How has the Blues and Roots Counterculture influenced your views of ...
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Interview with Mexican versatile saxophonist Evelyn Rubio: Crossing Blues & Soul Borders. How has the Blues, Soul and Rock counterculture influenced your views of the world and the ...
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Interview with Jim Gustin and Truth Jones, firmly establish themselves in the southern California blues scene and share some of the wisdom they have gained on the journey. ...
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Interview with Victor Wainwright: music representing virtually every corner of the roots music world – new album MEMPHIS LOUD, will be released on APRIL 24. How has the American Roots Music (and Counterculture of) influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? American Roots Music and it’s subculture has provided me with opportunities to meet some of the finest examples of human beings this world has to offer. It’s also opened my eyes to both simple and complex everyday realities, that then often become masterfully written stories and songs, delivered both by my colleagues and outstanding songwriters across the globe. How do you describe your sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? ...
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Interview with powerhouse vocalist Hurricane Ruth: new album “GOOD LIFE” will be released on APRIL 17, deeply rooted in traditional blues, but make no mistake, she can rock the house. How has the Blues, Country and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? They’ve been the soundtrack to my life. They’ve had a profound impact on who I am. I’ve always been a rebel. How do you describe Hurricane Ruth sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? The music I write and perform is a combination of the music I grew up listening to: blues, honky tonk, outlaw, rock, soul/funk, jazz, Dixieland, and big band. I cut my musical teeth on all of these genres. Each one impacted me both creatively, as a songwriter, and stylistically, as a performer. I prefer to crossover many musical boundaries. My creative drive comes from stories/comments from family, friends, and society. It also comes from rhythms and melodies that I hear. Something will resonate with me or sparks in my mind and I have to immediately write it down or sing it into my phone. Are there any memories from “Good Life” studio sessions which you’d like to share? What touched (emotionally) you? Recording the song, Good Life, was very difficult for me. The song is based on a conversation I had with my mother about a year before she passed away. I asked her many deep and pointed questions about her life, what she would have done differently, and if she feared her “judgment day”. During the first pass of recording my vocals, I started thinking about my mom and her passing. I was overcome with emotion. Needless to say, I had to take a break and regroup emotionally before I continued recording my vocal. Which acquaintances have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? I’ve been very blessed to have met some incredible people at my shows. They have become my friends. I’ve received great advice from many different sources. There are a couple of gems that stay with me. My mom told me to, “Fight for your dreams and do what you love.” My dad, who was a fantastic drummer and musician, told me, “Every time you step on a stage, give it your absolute best. Never take it for granted.” Willie Dixon told me, “Hurricane Ruth! That name fits you. Never get rid of it. It’ll serve you well.” What do you miss most nowadays from the blues of past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of? I miss the rawness and simplicity of the blues of the past. No trendy labels or boxes(blues rock, country blues, soul blues, gospel blues, etc.) to try and explain what it was. It was simply, the blues. My hope is that it will continue to evolve and grow. What does to be a female artist in a “Man’s World” as James Brown says? What is the status of women in Blues? It is the 21st century, right? It’s unfortunate that we still have to discuss this subject, and yet; here we are. Yes, women still have to elbow their way in for a seat at the music table. Yes, women still hear this comment from festival talent buyers, “Thanks for your interest, but I already have my one female act. I’ll keep you in mind for next year.” Yes, women’s music still is played less frequently on radio stations. Yes, there are still fewer female talent buyers, female owned booking agencies, and female owned management agencies. What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from your experience in music paths? There will always be people who don’t like you or your music. Persevere through the criticism and harsh critique. Diligently practice your craft. Be true to yourself. What is the impact of American Roots music on the socio-cultural implications? How do you want it to affect people? Without American Roots music, there would be no blues music. The blues has given birth to many different genres. It all comes from the same DNA, the same lineage. We are all the same, in that sense. Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day? I would love to time travel back to 1967 to the Monterey Pop Festival. I would love to seeJanis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Otis Redding perform. I would also like to time travel back to 1965 Chicago, IL to hear Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters in one big jam session. I’d love to sit down at a big table with them, have a couple of drinks, and just listen to them talk. Interview by Michael Limnios ...
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Interview with Canadian prolific songwriter/guitarist Adam Karch: his music embodies the spirit of Americana, a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking. How has the Blues and Roots music influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken? The Blues and Roots music have kept me grounded and focused on the simple things in life like good music. It’s a sort of music that stays true to itself and as there is always new music coming out you can still sort of rely on what feeling good blues and Roots music gives you (for me I mean.) I wish I lived in the 40’s and 50’s where things were still a little more simpler and music was appreciated for its simplicity and message. I’ve been introduced too many people and experiences from playing music. It has set me free and gave me meaning to what it’s like to become 100% yourself which I’m still working on. How do you describe your sound, music philosophy and songbook? Where does your creative drive come from? The music is essentially guitar and vocals, a very intimate sound where the vocals blend like an extra guitar string. No effects just a rich plug and play kind of sound. As for songwriting, I’m the type who will think about a melody in my head for months and then finally everything will come out within an hour. I’m not the most prolific songwriter but when the idea comes it eventually transforms into a song which I can call my own. Another way I write song is by recovering popular songs and we visiting them with and putting my twist on them as if I wrote them they come completely my song essentially. What do you love most from a solo acoustic performance? What is the hardest part and what are the secrets of? ...
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