Interview Chris Duarte Texas Blues Rock Guitarist

Interview, Chris Duarte, blues-rock guitarist, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

There is no shortage of outstanding blues-rock guitarists out of Texas, and guitar slinger, singer-songwriter Chris Duarte is no exception. He blew away an audience at the South X Southwest convention in the early 1990s and rose to public consciousness as a gifted guitarist with a sound comparable to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Yet Duarte is a student and master of many musical genres that goes far beyond blues rock, mixing in punk, jazz, and metal. He calls it “ferocious blues” or “punk [Read More]

By |2019-07-11T17:02:06-07:00July 8th, 2019|Interviews|2 Comments

Interview Sugaray Rayford

Sugaray Rayford, Interview, soul-blues, singer-songwriter, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Eric Sassaman

Interview Sugaray Rayford Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year

By Kevin Porter

Singer-songwriter Sugaray Rayford is this year’s winner of the “Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards. Based on his highly acclaimed new album, Somebody Save Me, it would not be a surprise if Rayford wins more awards this year. The album is an appealing mix of funky, soulful R&B, Southern Stax soul and new blues. The songs are inventive and catchy, [Read More]

By |2019-06-20T13:57:43-07:00June 20th, 2019|Interviews|1 Comment

Interview Jontavious Willis The Future of Acoustic Blues

Jontavious Willis, interview, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse, acoustic blues Photo: Jeremy Cowart

Jontavious Willis the Future of Acoustic Blues

By Martine Ehrenclou

To listen to Jontavious Willis sing and play guitar, is to witness the future of acoustic Blues. This 23 year-old multi-instrumentalist just released his newest album, Spectacular Class, produced by Grammy award-winning artists, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’. Willis wrote all the lyrics himself, and the timeless album features his dynamic, soulful vocals and all types of Blues: Delta, Piedmont, Texas and Gospel. His fingerpicking and slide chops dazzle, but what [Read More]

By |2019-06-12T11:49:12-07:00June 11th, 2019|Interviews|5 Comments

Interview with Bluesman JP Soars

JP Soars, Interview, Blues artist, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Jim Hartzell

By Martine Ehrenclou

Guitarist, singer-songwriter JP Soars is not just any blues artist. A 2009 winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and the winner of the festival’s Albert King Award as Best Guitarist, JP Soars is known as an outstanding, multi-faceted guitar player. A gritty and soulful vocalist, Soars is a prolific songwriter and he and his band, The Red Hots (with Cleveland Frederick and Chris Peet) have performed at major festivals all over the world.

Based in South [Read More]

By |2019-05-31T09:16:00-07:00May 31st, 2019|Interviews|4 Comments

Interview: Malina Moye Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

Interview, Malina Moye, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Josh Shultz

Malina Moye Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter

By Martine Ehrenclou

Flipping a Fender Stratocaster upside down, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, lefty guitarist and actress, Malina Moye fills a void in the entertainment industry, carving out her own lane in today’s music scene by straddling both rock, blues and soul genres. Guitar World Magazine called her one of the world’s top guitarists.

With her latest album, Bad As I Wanna Be, Moye created a gumbo of soul, rock and funk. The album reached number 1 [Read More]

By |2019-05-17T00:39:57-07:00May 16th, 2019|Interviews|0 Comments

Interview with Blues Rock Artist Albert Castiglia

Albert Castiglia, blues-rock music, interview, Kevin Porter, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

Albert Castiglia will probably be the first to tell you that life can take some interesting twists and turns. The phenomenal blues guitarist, singer-songwriter might have lived out his days working as a social services investigator for the state of Florida if not for an enthusiastic friend who pushed Castiglia to jam with Junior Wells on stage during one memorable New Year’s Eve evening. One thing led to another, and Castiglia found himself living in Chicago and touring with Wells.

After [Read More]

By |2019-05-13T23:18:35-07:00May 6th, 2019|Interviews|3 Comments

Interview with Shane Dwight, songwriter, guitarist, singer

Shane Dwight, interview, singer-songwriter, guitarist, blues music, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Rhiannon Brundage

By Kevin Porter

Critically acclaimed guitarist, singer-songwriter, Shane Dwight is considered an “ace songwriter” by USA Today and he’s back with a terrific new album, No One Who Loves Me Better out on Red Parlor Records. It mixes country, blues, rock and soul and features an all-star cast of musicians. Dwight’s lyrics paint vivid pictures of love, betrayal, temptation, failure and redemption. Besides No One Who Loves Me Better, Shane Dwight also has released eight albums and an unreleased country [Read More]

By |2019-05-02T17:01:04-07:00April 29th, 2019|Interviews|0 Comments