Interview with Paul Nelson, Johnny Winter’s guitarist, his time with Johnny Winter

Photo of Johnny Winter 2013 by Marty Temme

By Martine Ehrenclou

This is Part Two of our interview with Grammy-winning guitarist, record producer and songwriter, Paul Nelson, who was the guitarist for legendary blues-rock icon, Johnny Winter. He produced several of Johnny Winter’s albums, including Step Back, which won Nelson a Grammy for “Best Blues Album.” He executive produced and appeared in the Johnny Winter documentary, Down and Dirty and also appeared in the documentary Sidemen: Long Road to Glory.

Martine: You spent years touring with Johnny Winter and you were [Read More]

By |2018-07-18T11:30:08+00:00July 16th, 2018|Interviews|1 Comment

Interview with Mike Zito, blues-rock guitarist, singer, producer

Interview, Mike Zito, Blues musician, blues guitarist, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Natasha Cornblatt

By Kevin Porter

Mike Zito is a man of many musical talents—a great guitar player, singer, songwriter and producer—and he displays them all on his most recent album, First Class Life, his 15thin 20 years.  His new album was recorded at Zito’s new studio that opened up last year, and not surprisingly, artists are flocking to it to take advantage of Zito’s experience and knowledge.  He also formed and played in Royal Southern Brotherhood and tours with other blues stars [Read More]

By |2018-07-13T09:32:44+00:00July 12th, 2018|Interviews|1 Comment

“I’m on a Mission”- Interview with Blues Guitarist Walter Trout

Photo: Austin Hargave

By Kevin Porter

Walter Trout is doing what he loves best: playing his signature blues-rock music live across the country before his loyal fans. He’s touring behind a sparkling new album, We’re in This All Together, an all-star collaboration with 14 of the best and brightest names in blues and rock music. (Rock and Blues Muse album review). A sense of joy and happiness pervades throughout the album, perhaps not surprising given Mr. Trout’s near brush with death three years ago.  The recipient of a liver transplant, [Read More]

By |2018-07-02T17:27:12+00:00September 9th, 2017|Interviews|3 Comments

Interview with Joanne Shaw Taylor, Blues-Rock Guitarist, Singer

Interview, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse

By Martine Ehrenclou

If you ever doubted that the Blues are alive, one listen to Joanne Shaw Taylor’s big, soulful voice and rockin’ guitar licks will soothe your fears. This outstanding British singer, songwriter, guitarist, is considered the UK’s number one star of the blues-rock world.

Joanne Shaw Taylor has released five critically acclaimed albums since her debut release, White Sugar in 2010. She won “Best Female Vocalist” at the 2010 British Blues Awards and won the same award at the 2011 British Blues Awards, [Read More]

By |2018-06-28T17:31:00+00:00June 28th, 2018|Interviews|1 Comment

Interview with Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds

Interview, Jim McCarty, Yardbirds, Kevin Porter, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

The Yardbirds have their place in rock and roll lore if for no other reason than three of the best rock guitar players in history—Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck—were members of the Yardbirds at one time or another. But the Yardbirds were more than just about having great guitar players, as they were responsible for releasing several songs that were certifiable masterpieces and have been famously covered many times by other bands—“I’m a Man,” “Train Kept [Read More]

By |2018-06-21T14:56:24+00:00June 21st, 2018|Interviews|2 Comments