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Twenty-five years ago, Tom Forst sold his soul to the devil and became a corporate executive. At the height of his career, nine years ago, he reclaimed his soul and quit it all to play the blues. Tom "The Suit" Forst was born. Chasing the Blues Podcast began in 2019 with 50 weekly episodes of Season One - sharing interesting stories of the original bluesmen, the pioneers of the art form, as told through personal interviews with players from around the world: some famous in their own right, recording and touring artists, veteran sidemen, and rising new talent. Season Two picks up where Season One left off, with new special features, contests and giveaways, and as always, featured interviews with blues payers from around the world. Hear their stories, and what inspired them to play the blues, and where they are taking the blues in their own careers for the blues fans of today, and tomorrow to enjoy. Stay tuned for a new episode every week (Now broadcasting every Thursday - Starting April 16, 2020) wherever podcasts are available to stream and download. Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Look for them online at www.BluesFestivalGuide.com Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.

Twenty-five years ago, Tom Forst sold his soul to the devil and became a corporate executive. At the height of his career, nine years ago, he reclaimed his soul and quit it all to play the blues. Tom "The Suit" Forst was born. Chasing the Blues Podcast began in 2019 with 50 weekly episodes of Season One - sharing interesting stories of the original bluesmen, the pioneers of the art form, as told through personal interviews with players from around the world: some famous in their own right, recording and touring artists, veteran sidemen, and rising new talent. Season Two picks up where Season One left off, with new special features, contests and giveaways, and as always, featured interviews with blues payers from around the world. Hear their stories, and what inspired them to play the blues, and where they are taking the blues in their own careers for the blues fans of today, and tomorrow to enjoy. Stay tuned for a new episode every week (Now broadcasting every Thursday - Starting April 16, 2020) wherever podcasts are available to stream and download. Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Look for them online at www.BluesFestivalGuide.com Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.

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Twenty-five years ago, Tom Forst sold his soul to the devil and became a corporate executive. At the height of his career, nine years ago, he reclaimed his soul and quit it all to play the blues. Tom "The Suit" Forst was born. Chasing the Blues Podcast began in 2019 with 50 weekly episodes of Season One - sharing interesting stories of the original bluesmen, the pioneers of the art form, as told through personal interviews with players from around the world: some famous in their own right, recording and touring artists, veteran sidemen, and rising new talent. Season Two picks up where Season One left off, with new special features, contests and giveaways, and as always, featured interviews with blues payers from around the world. Hear their stories, and what inspired them to play the blues, and where they are taking the blues in their own careers for the blues fans of today, and tomorrow to enjoy. Stay tuned for a new episode every week (Now broadcasting every Thursday - Starting April 16, 2020) wherever podcasts are available to stream and download. Chasing the Blues is proudly sponsored by Blues Festival Guide, which Bobby Rush calls the "road map to the blues." Look for them online at www.BluesFestivalGuide.com Chasing the Blues is also sponsored and produced by Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT.

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English


Episodes

Andy Watts Israel's Ambassador of the Blues - Chasing the Blues 2 / Episode 33

11/26/2020
Andy Watts, who is known as Israel's Ambassador of the Blues, joins Tom The Suit Forst on Chasing The Blues 2 / Episode 33, in time for Tom to wish fans a Happy Thanksgiving 2020. They chat about Andy's recording career and his recent work with blues superstar Joe Louis Walker, who has himself been a guest on Chasing the Blues. Andy has performed with many of the modern blues greats including Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Johnny Winter, Rick Estrin, Bernard Alison and Eliza Neals, as well Joe...

Duration:00:29:19

Fee Waybill of the Tubes Rides Again - Chasing the Blues 2 / Episode 32

11/19/2020
Fee Waybill, singer and frontman of The Tubes joins Tom The Suit Forst in this latest podcast episode of Chasing the Blues, Season 2, Episode 32. In 1984, a year after the Tubes released one of their most successful albums, Waybill released his first solo album called Read My Lips. In 1996, Waybill released another album called Don't Be Scared By These Hands. Now in 2020, the life long singer-songwriter returns with a new solo album "Fee Waybill Rides Again," and on the podcast he takes...

Duration:00:35:57

International Blues Festival (IBF) Champion Kevin Burt Shares Deep Insights - Chasing the Blues 2 / Episode 31

11/12/2020
International Blues Festival Champion Kevin Burt joins Tom The Suit Forst on Chasing the Blues 2, Episode 31. For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently get him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King. Kevin Burt has won...

Duration:00:43:19

Blues Music Award Winner Vanessa Collier Drops In to Chat about Her New Album Heart On The Line - Chasing the Blues 2 - EP 30

11/5/2020
Multiple Blues Music Award winner, Saxophonist, Vocalist, Songwriter and Producer Vanessa Collier drops in to chat with Tom Forst about her new album "Heart On The Line." She takes Tom back to her roots, starting music at age 11, and through career highlights including touring with Joe Louis Walker, and one very special night trading licks with Buddy Guy. Share Link: https://www.spreaker.com/user/10764440/chasing-the-blues-2-ep-30-vanessa-collie Direct Download:...

Duration:00:33:33

Blues/Gospel Singer Miss Freddye Shares an Incredible Story of Bravery and Perseverance - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 29

10/29/2020
On Episode 29 of Chasing the Blues Season 2, Tom Forst spends some time with Freddye Stover, aka Miss Freddye. For the past 25 years, Miss Freddye has been singing the blues throughout her Western Pennsylvania hometown of Pittsburgh. From barrooms and nightclubs, to charity events, VFWs and American Legions, Miss Freddye is often recognized as the town’s Leading Lady of the Blues. In fact, she has also been recognized on the national music scene with two Blues Foundation Awards nominations...

Duration:00:35:03

Blues Festival Guide Contest Winner Gets Deep with Albert Castiglia - Chasing the Blues 2 - Ep 28

10/22/2020
Bluesman Albert Castiglia joins Tom Forst on On Chasing the Blues Podcast, Season 2, Episode 27, being interviewed by special guest Dana Somayaji, winner of a contest run by Blues Festival Guide Magazine. Dana goes deep in the interview prompting Albert to talk about his days touring with Junior Wells, then discovers how he went from AC DC and Bruce Springsteen to the blues thanks to a Muddy Waters cassette that turned his world upside down. He talks about life during Covid-19, his new found...

Duration:00:36:33

Sugaray Rayford Interviewed by Blues Festival Guide Contest Winner - Chasing the Blues 2 / Ep 27

10/15/2020
Grammy nominee Sugaray Rayford joins Tom Forst on On Chasing the Blues Podcast, Season 2, Episode 27, being interviewed by special guest Cristy Benvenutti, winner of a contest run by Blues Festival Guide Magazine. Cristi asks questions about music from deep in Sugarray's catalogue, which leads to an insightful conversation about his unique creative process. Chasing the Blues is a weekly audio podcast hosted by blues rock guitarist and recording artist Tom The Suit Forst. His new album...

Duration:00:19:07

The Suit Chats With Tom Burger, Guitarist of Creature Collective and John Oates Manager - Chasing the Blues 2/ Ep 26

10/8/2020
Tom The Suit Forst chats with Tom Burger, a blues guitarist who plays in a "Blues Revival" band titled the Creature Collective, on Chasing the Blues 2/ episode 26. Burger calls the music a unique mix of blues, rock, roots, jam and psychedelic. As such, we would say he and his group are on the forefront of young musicians taking the blues in new directions. Burger also discusses his work with Wolfson Entertainment which manages John Oates, and Hall and Oates. Of course, we met Tom Burger...

Duration:00:35:37

Gulf Coast Recording Artist Mark May (Former Dickie Betts Band) Chats About His New Album - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 25

10/2/2020
Gulf Coast Recorded recording artist Mark May calls into the show to chat with Tom about his new album "Deep Dark Demon" which went to #6 on the Billboard Living Blues chart. Mark talks about how he and Tom Forst's bass player Dave Stoltz auditioned for the Allman Brothers Band together, and later both performed with the Dicke Betts solo band. Mark discusses the influence Dickie Betts had on his own style of playing, which is a mix of rock and various blues styles. Chasing the Blues Podcast...

Duration:00:33:05

Top Billboard Blues Charting Whitney Shay Chats with Tom The Suit Forst - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 24

9/24/2020
Ruf Records recording artist Whitney Shay calls into Chasing the Blues Season 2/Episode 24, to chat with Tom about her Billboard Blues chart topping album "Stand Up!" She is a four-time San Diego Music Award winner (including 2019 Artist of the Year) and 2019 Blues Music Award nominee. Shay’s latest release on Ruf Records Stand Up! debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues charts and also reached #1 on the Roots Music Report. Shay has received high praise from music critics calling the singer “a...

Duration:00:27:37

John Oates of Hall and Oates Discusses New Solo Album "Live in Nashville" Out 9/18/20 - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 23

9/17/2020
John Oates of Hall and Oates joins Tom The suit Forst on Episode 23 of Chasing the Blues Podcast Season 2. Known for writing some of the most well known and classic pop songs of all time, John is also a massive blues fan, which Tom finds out in this insightful interview, as John gets into his love of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Don Gibson. John talks about his brand new solo album, "Live in Nashville," recorded with his band of Nashville veteran musicians the "Good Road Band,"...

Duration:00:24:52

Jeremiah Johnson and his Oct 30 Album "Unemployed Highly Annoyed" - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 22

9/10/2020
Jeremiah Johnson of Ruf Records checks in with Tom The Suit Forst on Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 22, discussing his upcoming album release on October 30, 2020 titled "Unemployed Highly Annoyed." This interview is the very first time the album has been unveiled to the media, which is a great honor to Chasing the Blues. Jeremiah reveals that the work is a concept album, with all the songs related to his time in quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also shares how fortunate he is that Ruf...

Duration:00:27:47

Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors, feat. Adam Gussow (of Satan and Adam) on Chasing the Blues 2 - EP 21

9/3/2020
Sir Rod Patterson of Sir Rod and the Blues Doctors, joins Tom The Suit Forst on Chasing the Blues 2, Ep 21, for a sit down to talk about the band's debut blues album "Come Together." The band features percussion and "lead harmonica" by Adam Gussow. Gussow is best known for being part of "Satan and Adam, a blues duo consisting of Sterling Magee, known by his stage name "Mister Satan", and Gussow. The two men were a fixture on Harlem's sidewalks in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their unique...

Duration:00:22:45

Cleopatra Recording Artist Kirk Fletcher (fmr Fabulous Thunderbirds) Discusses New Album Hold On- Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 20

8/27/2020
Cleopatra Records recording artist Kirk Fletcher joins Tom The Suit Forst in Episode 70 of Chasing the Blues Podcast Season 2. Fletcher discusses his new album "Hold On," coming September 21, 2020, as well as his experiences performing on stage with Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, as well as his time playing with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The seasoned veteran of the blues talks about finding his own person "pathway to the blues," as well how he rediscovered his original joy of playing music...

Duration:00:29:53

Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere: From the Rascals to Ringo to Joe Bonamassa! Chasing the Blues 2/ Ep 19

8/20/2020
On Chasing the Blues Podcast Season 2/Episode 19, Tom The Suit Forst chats with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Famer, Songwriter Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, and Hammon Hall of Fame, singer-songwriter Felix Cavaliere. Felix talks about his life in music, from his days in the Rascals, writing classic songs like "Good Lovin," "A Beautiful Morning," and "People Got to be Free," to his days touring with Ringo Starr, Billy Joel and Joe Bonamassa. A fascinating talk with a...

Duration:00:30:21

The Business of the Blues with Bonnie Tallman of Billtown Blues Association - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 18

8/13/2020
The Business of the Blues With Bonnie Tallman of Billtown Blues Association - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 18 On this episode of Chasing the Blues Podcast, Tom The Suit Forst catches up with Bonnie Tallman of the Billtown Blues Association (Billtown, PA) to talk about the business of the blues, including her views on how musicians must differentiate themselves, while investing into their own careers. Bonnie is a former microbiologist turned blues and roots music manager. Her career as a manager...

Duration:00:29:51

The Suit Catches Up with Los Angeles By Way of Nashville Blues Guitarist Bart Ryan Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 17

8/6/2020
On this episode of Chasing the Blues Podcast (Season 2/Episode 17) The Suit catches up with "Los Angeles by way of Nashville" guitarist, singer-songwriter Bart Ryan, whose mix is contemporary take on old school blues. Bart discusses his new release "The Healer," coming this fall, as well as his work to raise awareness for ALS. About Bart Ryan: Bart Ryan is one of L.A.’s most gifted and powerful six string gunslingers. A native of Los Angeles, Bart has torn up nearly every stage in the...

Duration:00:28:17

"We're an American Family" Says Mark Farner of Grand Funk in Chasing the Blues Podcast 2/Ep 16

7/30/2020
Tom The Suit Forst catches up with the legendary Mark Farner, vocalist of Grand Funk, in Episode 16 of Chasing the Blues Podcast Season 2. Mark gives Tom some inside information about the recording of "I'm Your Captain," one of Tom's favorite blues-rock songs, which Grand Funk released in 1970. He fills Tom in about his work with Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp, and shares a personal message of unity, and the need for all Americans to come together as a nation. "We are an American Family," he...

Duration:00:18:27

Chicago Blues Veteran Bassist Bear Williams and his Alter Ego Larry Kimpel - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 15

7/23/2020
On Episode 15 of Chasing the Blues Season 2, Tom chats with a veteran of the Chicago blues and jazz scene Larry Kimpel, who also performs under the artist name Bear Williams. Bear took on this name as part of a personal musical journey returning to his blues roots. He has performed throughout his career with a "Who's Who" list of musical artists from Steve Perry of Journey to George Duke, Jonathan Butler, Tom Scott, Boney James, Al Jarreau and many others. As Bear William, he stepped out...

Duration:00:28:57

Kat Riggins Crying Out for Social Justice; Staying Positive in the Face of Covid-19 - Chasing the Blues 2/Ep 14

7/16/2020
On Season 2, Episode 14 of Chasing the Blues Podcast, host Tom The Suit Forst shares a deeply personal and insightful fireside chat with powerhouse blues-revival vocalist Kat Riggins. Kat talks about her longing for social justice in America as a woman, an artist, and a person of color. She shares her struggling to overcome sadness in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy, as well as the struggle to remain hopeful in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Together, they also talk about the state...

Duration:00:29:55