Interviews

Postcard from the Soul: An Interview with Cedric Burnside

Postcard from The Soul: Interview to Cedric Burnside

by Gio Pilato

The REAL music, the one that comes from the heart, is never fortuitous; it may be coming from inner, deep feelings such as loss or separation, but is nevertheless the result of somebody that is able to observe life with pure eyes and is, in that specific moment, that one is able to separate REAL music from the pre-planned one. Cedric Burnside belongs to this minute portion of worldwide artists able to express their emotions in music in a straight forward way, without filters and capable to adopt such purity in the immediate build-up of their songs.

When I met Cedric at 9 am in a beautiful, sunny Italian morning in Rome and almost immediately, Cedric welcomed me with the biggest, most sincere smile ever, and a hug that almost disarmed for such immediacy and spontaneity. Cedric is today's guest of Bluebirdreviews.com to talk to us through Hear Me When I Say, his latest release, recorded in collaboration with Trenton Ayers, a very talented guitarist and long time friend of Cedric under the name Cedric Burnside Project. The album is a very intense one, lyrically speaking, packed with soulful tales of life and once again, a true treat of pure Mississippi Hill Country sound played beautifully both by Cedric and Trenton.

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The Way Life Goes - An Interview with Tom Keifer

The Way Life Goes - An Interview with Tom Keifer

by Gio Pilato

For somebody coming from a paralyzed vocal chord health issues, Tom did a pretty good job on this record. Released in 2013, The Way Life Goes is hard-rock, with blues roots, which comes naturally for someone like Tom Kiefer to write and record. Tom is taking a temporary hiatus from the 80's band Cinderella to promote his first solo album. He kindly accepted to talk to us at Bluebirdreviews.com about this album and his career, in and out of Cinderella.

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Behind The Tracks: An Interview with Ray Goren

June 24, 2014 marked Ray Goren's music recording debut, with the release of LA Sessions, a five song EP penned by Goren and produced by Eddie Kramer. This exciting event is celebrated by fans, friends, and family members alike. Many have logged into Goren's Facebook and Twitter accounts to express their well-wishes and heartfelt sentiments:

"Good Stuff."

"Awesome!!! So incredibly happy & excited for u!! ! I've very much enjoyed seein your growth since the first time I saw u blow the LBC jam @ Ashley's up:)) what an exciting journey lies ahead... Huge congrats!! Look forward to seein u soon... Peace N Luv."

"Thank you Ray, I can't tell you how cool this video is but also how cool it is to watch you blossom or more like explode into this absolutely amazing young artist. Your original music is great and most impressive and a glimpse of things to come."

"From first to last note, LA Sessions is a hit parade, with Goren strumming to his own beat, as the young composer cleverly integrates jazz, rock, pop, rhythm, and blues elements into one distinctly modern soundtrack." Read the full review in Bluebirdreviews.

It was shortly after reviewing LA Sessions when I had the good fortune to speak with Ray by phone, from his home in California. During our 34 minute conversation, I discovered Ray is modest, intelligent, and full of wisdom. He is driven by an innate passion for songwriting and instrumentation, being heavily influenced by multiple musicians and genres. When Ray's not practicing or playing out, he's listening to others. He is goal-oriented and knows exactly where it is, that he wants to be five years from now. Ray's mannerism is that of a seasoned professional: He graciously answered my every question with poise and sense of humor, simultaneously.  

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Roberto Cacciapaglia's Alphabet (for the Invisible)

Bluebirdreviews' chronicles of an Alphabet: An Interview with Roberto Cacciapaglia

by Gio Pilato

"...from my music, love can be created, but not intended as a physical thing, but more spiritual. Just the feeling of being a little instrument that brings love to the world..." ~Roberto Cacciapaglia.

When it comes to music in its globality, no matter what genre it may be, it's the talent that makes the difference, leaving an unmistakable mark on the history.

Maestro Roberto Cacciapaglia from Milan, Italy is, without a doubt, one of those very rare people.  Born with this built-in talent, the faculty of transmitting emotions and feeling that go beyond time and space is present, solely by playing his piano so beautifully.

Yours Truly is deeply honored today on behalf of Bluebirdreviews.com to have the Maestro with us, talking about his latest production, Alphabet, which is the natural follow-up to Ten Directions, his 2010's last album.

Read more: Roberto Cacciapaglia's Alphabet (for the Invisible)

The Omar Dykes Interview

The Omar Dykes Interview- The Return Of The Wolf

Sometimes, it is just destiny. Careers of artists such as Omar Kent Dykes, cross paths with legends of the blues such as Howlin' Wolf - destiny. When the Texan Bluesman (although born in Mississippi) decided to use his formidable voice, together with his great ability as guitarist to create an album solely dedicated to The Wolf, the results were astonishingly brilliant. Released in 2013, Runnin' With The Wolf is perhaps one of the best blues album released worldwide last year and www.Bluebirdreviews.com is very proud to have Omar talking about the making of this album and his career overall.

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Steve Nelson on Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and MMONE

A Visionary on Visionaries: Steve Nelson on Rock's Finest Legends at the Boston Tea Party Club.
History Speaks at the Music Museum of New England

Steve Nelson, the acclaimed manager of the Boston Tea Party Club, booked bands emerging to stardom in their early days. There were also out of town acts that weren't as popular, but if they were different, he'd book them too. A manager, producer and music fan himself, Steve went to great lengths to track not just the famous acts, but the ones with potential - vision.

Read more: Steve Nelson on Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and MMONE

Gio Pilato and Colleen Rennison Talk Tour, Aretha Franklin and Time Travel

No Sinner Interview - Colleen Rennison

You can certainly spot a star when you see one. When Colleen Rennison enters the room, there is something special you can immediately perceive; her smile, that force-of-nature attitude, her whole presence can bright any room she walks in. Colleen is today with us to talk about No Sinner (her surname spelled backwards), the debut album and her great, insane passion for music.

Read more: Gio Pilato and Colleen Rennison Talk Tour, Aretha Franklin and Time Travel

Joe Bonamassa - The Tour De Force Interview

Interview by Gio Pilato

Photo by Chris Joles

There are not that many people in the music industry world who work as hard as Bluesmen do, and Joe Bonamassa certainly emphasizes this concept. In the last six months he has released, as a solo artist, three different records, the Tour De Force DVD Boxset, which includes all the 4 performances in London venues from early last year, the Rock Candy Funk Party CD/DVD live album recorded at the legendary Iridium Club last year, and the Live In Amsterdam CD/DVD live album with Beth Hart. Throughout his very busy and lively performing activities, we are fortunate enough to talk with "The Man" himself, focusing primarily on the Tour De Force release.

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Italian Bluesmen, Dead Shrimp: An Interview with Alessio Magliocchetti Lombi

by Gio Pilato

Rome is often described as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world but what many don't know is that, behind the sheer beauty of its monuments, there is one of the most prolific and robust blues generation that Italy has produced for a very long time.

One of the most inspired records of 2013 belonging to the "Nouvelle Vague" of Italian blues comes from the Dead Shrimp, a three-pieces band made by Alessio Magliocchetti Lombi on guitar, Sergio De Felice as lead singer and Gianluca Giannosso on drums. Their debut album has been recognized by the Italian press as one of the most powerful and intense records of 2013.

Bluebirdreviews is delighted to have today Alessio Magliocchetti Lombi to talk about their brilliant debut album.

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Tal Bergman and Gio Pilato Discuss The Rock Candy Funk Party

An Interview with Tal Bergman - The Rock Candy Funk Party Project 

by Gio Pilato.

A dressing room is generally a place in which the musician starts to concentrate before a live show and sometimes the humour can be slightly moody. Not with Tal Bergman, though. One of the most talented drummers in the world, and the brain behind the Rock Candy Funk Party project, Tal welcomed me with open arms like an old friend he has not seen for a very long time! This certainly set up the interview to be a special one and indeed it was.

Read more: Tal Bergman and Gio Pilato Discuss The Rock Candy Funk Party

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview

~By Giovanni "Gio" Pilato

(Photo Credit: Greg Logan Photography)

There are few people in the world with real class and elegance playing blues at the very best and one of these very few belonging to this category is Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Kenny has kindly accepted to talk to me about his latest project to date, The Rides, recorded together with two legends of the music establishment, Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg and to talk about his solo career. The Rides have published their debut album Can't Get Enough at the end of August 2013, and they are looking already at the possibility of recording a second album. Kenny on the other end, as a solo artist is due to release a cover album later this year with a lot of very special guests.

Read more: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Interview

Out On The Tiles

June & the Bee at The Iron Horse Music Hall, September 22, 2012

Meet June & the Bee: junebee1

Lead photo and this biography were submitted directly from the musicians. Please contact us for reprints.

June & the Bee are a brother sister group hailing from Amherst, MA.  Their first original musical arrangement was comprised of Eli on the beloved red kazoo and Emma June on the frying pans, respectively.  Since then Eli (the Bee) has taught himself guitar and Emma June has  taught herself the ukulele. June & the Bee credit their folk influence to their father, who would vivaciously sing his own renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" and play the harmonica, when they were younger.  Emma June and Eli gained much of their musical inspiration from their upbringing in the arts based pedagogy of Waldorf education.


Emma June is 20 years old and enrolled at The University of  Massachusetts, Amherst as a sophomore, with a self-designed major in  Arts and Education. In her spare time she is avidly creating devised  immersive theatre.   Eli is 17 years old, and a senior at Amherst  Regional High School. In his free time he is a member of the Central  Rock Climbing Team.

Emma June and Eli started performing their music in 2011, in the cozy venue of their home kitchen. After many raucous dances by their mother and many encores from their dog Sofia, they were fortunate enough to land their first gig (out of the kitchen) on to the stage of The Iron Horse where they opened for Gentlemen Hall.  They are currently in the  process of mastering their first EP, June & the Bee.  They hope to continue to share their tunes with the world.

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