New Blues, New Start – Mike Zito in interview

Zito2“I am not writing this blog because I think I am a spiritual guru or because I believe I have special insight into the recovery programs that might save your life –   I am writing this blog to save mine.
Mike Zito pulls no punches in the introduction to his online blog ‘A Bluesman in Recovery’.  It’s his description of a successful battle against drug and alcohol abuse.  It’s a bold, honest statement;  and  it’s also typical of Zito’s sincerity as I discovered when he took the time for a short interview before his recent appearance at Bonn Harmonie. Along the way I also discovered why he felt it was time to quit a Supergroup and why the future of the Blues is a healthy one…

 

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The ‘Mr Music Festival’ with Bonafide and Julian Sas

DSC_1224Younger visitors to the Mr Music CD and vinyl shop in Bonn Centre might be surprised to hear that owner Bernie Gelhausen was an active music promoter in the 80’s bringing bands to venues like the popular Biskuithalle. Nowadays though his involvement is strictly quality before quantity and two of those quality bands played at The Harmonie recently. Friday was Hard Rock Night with Sweden’s Bonafide and Saturday Hard Blues Night with Hollands Julian Sas. Join me for the mini ‘Mr Music Festival’ – no mud, no all-night camping required, just good clean musical fun…

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Mike Zito and Samantha Fish – Kansas Magic

Zito_Fish1Both coming from Kansas, Samantha Fish and Mike Zito have a common love for the Kansas City Chiefs results, a common appreciation of Haribo Gummibears (I arrived well prepared for an interview) oh, and love for a common musical genre – The Blues.   At the Harmonie on Tuesday, I supplied the fruit bears and they supplied the music. Believe me, you wouldn’t want it round the other way!

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Alex Krienke (AJK) Interview

AJK2It was only briefly, but he was once in a band (Aragon) whose lyrical themes included Fantasy, War and Sorcery.   progression to a Power Metal band (Trick of the Light) followed, and now he’s  waiting in a quiet Bonn Bistro for his cup of tea to arrive so our interview can start.

Alex Krienke, best known for his many appearances as vocalist with Sunny Skies, is, Like his new CD ‘What’s Good For You‘, full of surprises.   Okay, there’s a reason for the tea, he’s on anti-biotics – but what about the musical surprises on the new disc? Rock, Pop and Jazz instead of Metal, Mayhem, and Sorcery? – and where do Huey Lewis and Freddie Mercury fit into the Alex Krienke story so far?   Alex spoke to 3SongsBonn in advance of the bands CD Release Concert at Bonn Harmonie on 6 December

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Layla Zoe – The Lily Live

DSC_9754Canada’s ‘Darling of the Blues’ has long since won hearts throughout Europe. So much so that Layla Zoe is now resident in Germany. Wherever she is in the World though Layla Zoe takes two things with her: A wonderful voice, and The Blues. On Thursday she shared these gifts with a large and enthusiastic audience at The Harmonie. Bill Baum also brought along his Bluebenders to make for a full evening of fine music – tinged heavily with Blue naturally…

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