Interviews

An Audience with Robben Ford

by Gio Pilato
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Robben Ford is one of those very rare people that is able to make an impact on anybody, as a musician and as a human being. When I walk in his dressing room, his charming smile and his presence makes me feel extremely comfortable and personally, I could not hope for more, given the importance of this extraordinary musician.
 
Bluebirdreviews is extremely honoured to meet Robben in London, UK, to promote his latest record, A Day In Nashville, which demonstrates once again the class and the ability as songwriter and performer of the american guitarist.
 

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Where I'm From: The Dave Gutter Story

Sat. August 9th, 2014
Written by Lee Hebert

WHERE I'M FROM

Love Underground: The Dave Gutter Story

My 'Music Lover' friends and I feel so good when we can introduce each other to an artist or band. Not just any band, but one that deserves to be shared. A band that blows us away. We will pass around the CD after enough listens that we can part with it. Before you know it your CD is returned. "So how'd you like it?" "I loved it. I found their webpage and ordered this one and their first album." That is about on average what happens, and we're old school, we prefer hard copies, the way we prefer our cash in our pockets. We respect each others opinions and taste in music, and it is a privilege to turn each other on to something pure and real.

This piece is about an artist that is pure and real, devoted to a life pursuing that perfect moment. This is about a big fish in a small pond. It isn't someone just breaking out, I am certainly not at the cusp of it this time. You may have heard the name. Someone could have got to you before I have, considering this artist has been playing music for thirty years and has released over a dozen albums, winning as many awards. The first EP released still sounds fresh, as does the entire discography, the way most great music does. I hope you'll enjoy this read, I enjoyed writing with anticipation of turning you on to some music by an artist 'where I'm from'. This is the story of a true luminary, and his name is Dave Gutter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Out On The Tiles

Peter Gabriel: SO, Back to Front Tour

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The TD Garden arena in Boston hummed. It was quiet, as the fans filed into the stadium to wait for Peter Gabriel to commence the performance. Mumbled voices and music fans of all ages were present. There was a positive tension, an anticipation, as if we were waiting for the unveiling of an art piece. We were.

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