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Take a blues journey with No Border Blues, the only blues podcast focused on international blues artists and hidden blues scenes around the world. Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice will shine a spotlight on notable international blues performers, discuss the blues scenes in their home countries, and present intimate and exclusive musical performances. Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network, bringing Chicago Blues to the world. noborderblues.com - chicagobluesnetwork.com - johnnyburgin.com

Take a blues journey with No Border Blues, the only blues podcast focused on international blues artists and hidden blues scenes around the world. Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice will shine a spotlight on notable international blues performers, discuss the blues scenes in their home countries, and present intimate and exclusive musical performances. Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network, bringing Chicago Blues to the world. noborderblues.com - chicagobluesnetwork.com - johnnyburgin.com

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United States

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Take a blues journey with No Border Blues, the only blues podcast focused on international blues artists and hidden blues scenes around the world. Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice will shine a spotlight on notable international blues performers, discuss the blues scenes in their home countries, and present intimate and exclusive musical performances. Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network, bringing Chicago Blues to the world. noborderblues.com - chicagobluesnetwork.com - johnnyburgin.com

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English

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6304324940


Episodes

Prakash Slim, Nepalese Country Blues

10/20/2021
Prakash Slim grew up in poverty outside the town of Lalitpur, Nepal. Drawn to music since childhood, he traded a bicycle for a guitar and threw himself into learning and listening to blues and blues rock. By his early twenties he was in a blues, rock and instrumental band as well as working as a guitar instructor. An invitation to the Walden School of Music in San Francisco was a big break for Prakash, but then came the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015. Work as a musician in Nepal was...

Duration:00:21:38

The Juke Joint Smokers on No Border Blues Episode 18

9/16/2021
Adam Sikora is a Polish harmonica player who completely by chance became obsessed with the pre-war harmonica styles of Sonny Terry, Johnny Woods and Billy Bizor. Luis (Gigi) de Cicco is an eclectic multi-instrumentalist from Benevento, Italy, who, like Adam, found a home in the thriving Berlin arts scene. Capo, acoustic guitar and fingerpicks in hand, Gigi has found his own blues groove by delving deep into the styles of Mississippi Fred McDowell, RL Burnside and other Hill Country masters....

Duration:00:23:42

Helsinki Soul! Konstantin Kovalev on No Border Blues

6/15/2021
Konstantin Kovalev emigrated from Russia to Helsinki a decade ago and made himself an indispensible figure in the stylish retro blues scene there with his first band The Firebugs. His latest project is a long-term labor of love: eight neo-soul tunes meticulously crafted over years, recorded all-analog at the well-known Finnish guitarist Tomi Leino's studio. As they wrote on their Bandcamp site: "We began our musical journey in 2012 and after playing different types of venues for 9 years,...

Duration:00:27:00

Rockin, Sleazy and Electrified:

5/20/2021
LITTLE HAT is not a person, it's a band from The Netherlands that plays a their own furious and raw version of blues and early rock 'n' roll. Like kindred spirits Jesus on a Tortilla from Milan (see No Border Blues #3), they are inspired by the deep cuts of obscure blues pioneers such as Joe Hill Louis and Sunnyland Slim, but play with a heaping dose of frantic energy. Little Hat employs the rare trio instrumentation of harmonica /vocals (Machiel Meijers), guitar (Willem van Dullemen) and...

Duration:00:31:04

Episode 10: Kai Strauss is In His Prime

4/20/2021
German blues guitarist and singer Kai Strauss sits down with No Border Blues hosts Johnny Burgin and Stephanie Tice to discuss his new CD, "In My Prime", the German blues scenes, and some highlights from his career. He's won many German blues awards and in between tours has hosted the longest-running blues jam in Germany, over thirty years! Take a blues journey with No Border Blues, the only blues podcast focused on international blues artists and hidden blues scenes around the world....

Duration:00:40:47

No Border Blues Episode 15: Arinjoy Sarkar

4/14/2021
Arinjoy Sarkar is a up-and-coming guitarist and singer from Kolkata, India. The Arinjoy Trio features Sounak Roy on drums and Aakash Ganguly on bass; they self-released "The Arinjoy Trio" in 2019, won an all-India band hunt contest in 2018, and on the strength of that they were invited to perform at the Mahindra Blues Festival in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 Arinjoy performed at Mahindra in a pan-Indian all-star group-- "The Homegrown Blues Collective". Arinjoy is endorsed by Fender India and was...

Duration:00:39:15

The Latin American Mojo of Netto Rockfeller: No Border Blues Episode 14

3/30/2021
For the last 18 years, Netto Rockefeller's been working with his own band, running the Blue Crawfish record label, and touring with US and European musicians in Brasil such as Willie Buck, Tail Dragger, Lazy Lester, Johnny Nicholas, Quique Gomez, Wallace Coleman, and Steve Guyger, just to name a few. He was inspired as a teenager by Brazil's most successful blues band, Blues Estilicos. Netto describes the communal spirit of Brazil's blues scene, being mentored by Flávio Guimarães and other...

Duration:00:53:18

Episode 13: Little Victor, The Beale Street Blues Bopper

3/16/2021
Little Victor was raised in Italy and Memphis and was dubbed "The Beale Street Blues Bopper" by his cousin-- the avant garde-blues filmmaker, producer and performer Tav Falco. While in Memphis, his uncle, noted blues writer David Evans and family friend Alex Chilton also encouraged the young Victor, who was already playing harp and singing, to pick up the guitar. He was soon performing weekly on Beale Street with Uncle Ben Perry. With influences such as these it's no wonder Little Victor is...

Duration:00:46:46

Episode 12: Blues from Bogotá

2/23/2021
Vocalist and guitarist Leo Parra Castillo and guitarist Luis Alejandro Silva delved into American music abroad: Leo in Buenos Aires and Luis in New York City. Now they are slowly but surely starting a traditional blues scene in Bogotá, Columbia, from scratch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:38

Shakedown Tim (BE)

2/15/2021
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Duration:00:38:33

Episode 7: The Jelly Roll Men's Pilgrimage to the Grave of Willie Brown

2/9/2021
No Border Blues Episode 7 features The Jelly Roll Men from Norway, a band that's a labor of love for the greatest era of Chicago blues-- the late 40s and early 50s. Singer and harp player Kent Erik Thorvaldsen and guitarist and brother Tomas Thorvaldsen tell the story of their trip to Memphis in 2019. They made it to the semi-finals of the IBCs representing the Oslo Blues Society, but their trip to the IBCs was less about their career and more about an emotional pilgrimage to the American...

Duration:00:34:07

Episode 6 - Ghalia Volt's One Woman Band

1/19/2021
No Border Blues Episode 6: recorded on November 24, 2020, features Ghalia Volt, whose rock-n-roll attitude and Mississippi hill country-inspired playing makes her stand out from the crowd. In just a few short years, she's progressed from busking on the streets of her native Brussels to seeing her third CD, Ruf Record's "Mississippi Blend", hit #3 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Now living in New Orleans, she had a very busy international touring schedule pre-covid. In recent months, she took...

Duration:00:31:42

SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S SNOOKS LA VIE: NO BORDER BLUES #9

1/15/2021
Adelaide based singer and harp player Snooks La Vie acquired his moniker from a friend and music colleague which started out as just a bit of fun and stuck amongst his peers for being known as an avid fan of New Orleans musician ‘Snooks Eaglin’. Snooks gained national recognition in Australia as the frontman for The Hiptones-- an Australian answer to The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The Hiptones signed with Sony Records and won the South Australian Music Award for best blues band/act in 1997....

Duration:00:38:13

Episode 5 - Twenty Five Years of Sweden's Trickbag

1/6/2021
No Border Blues Episode 5: For the last 25 years, Sweden's Trickbag has been playing their brand of houserockin' rhythm and blues. Trickbag has become a top European blues festival attraction by virtue of their consistently rockin' live shows, great songs (spanning eight CDs), clever band branding and of course, LOTS of hard work and persistence. Trickbag has also been in high demand as a back-up band for touring American and European blues artists including John Primer, Jr. Watson,...

Duration:01:08:22

Episode 4 - Katie Bradley w Dave Ferra (UK)

1/5/2021
No Border Blues Episode 4: Folkestone UK-based Katie Bradley came into the spotlight in 2012 with a nomination for a British Blues Award for her original song "I Hear the River", which was prominently featured on BBC Radio. She has booked and supported tours and concerts in the UK for artists such as Kirk Fletcher (and myself!). Katie's got a new self-released CD coming out in November, "Soho Heart". She is a versatile stylist who's worked with some of the best British blues players from...

Duration:00:24:12

Episode 3 - Jesus on a Tortilla from Italy

1/4/2021
No Border Blues Episode 3: In this episode we are chatting with band leader Lorenzo Albai, the singer and harp player for Jesus On a Tortilla, from the little town of Saronna, near Milan, Italy. For eleven years they have been playing their brand of hard-core, retro, 40s and 50s Chicago blues in France, Poland, Switzerland and their native Lombardia. Lorenzo and guitarist Andrea Mandelli play some low-down Chicago blues while they're getting ready for a show. noborderblues.com -...

Duration:00:27:03

No Border Blues from the Heart of Tokyo: Lee Kanehira and Kotez

12/30/2020
Pianist Lee Kanehira and harmonica player Kotez first established themselves in Japan, then played a major role on the Delmark CD "No Border Blues Japan", and now they are creating a young audience for the blues in China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:05

Episode 2 - Bollywood Blues with Aki Kumar

12/29/2020
No Border Blues Episode 2: Features Sony Music recording artist Aki Kumar. Aki left his native home in Mumbai, India for San Jose CA with the intention of working as a software engineer. Then he discovered the sounds of the blues, and his life changed dramatically. Aki worked his way from selling merch at Mark Hummel's Harmonica Blowouts (a successful revue that featured some of the very best blues harp players alive -- James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy...

Duration:00:34:38

Episode 1 - Ashesh Dangol, Nepalese Activist Bluesman

12/22/2020
No Border Blues Episode 1: Features Ashesh Dangol, a guitarist and singer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Ashesh's music reflects his love of Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters, as well as his immersion in the rich musical heritage of his homeland. He has done much to generate a Nepalese blues scene; growing a fan base through extensive gigging, organizing events, and starting the Blues Society of Nepal. Since the pandemic, he's been producing the livestream "Blues for a Cause", which has featured...

Duration:00:32:42