It is mesmerizing how, often, music that speaks directly to the heart of people like the Blues, it does not get the right recognition and appreciation for all that the genre always stood for and still stands nowadays.


It maybe not a Popular Music chart-friendly genre but, fundamentally, if there was no Blues, there could have been no Rock And Roll, something that it is so undisputed and the majority of Rock artists openly admit.

In an often incomprehensible world like the music business, many artists have been forced, especially in the last decade, to work even harder to maintain their presence in a constantly changing (and, at the same time, challenging) art form that is music.


Then, there is the issue about music genres. Like the Blues, for example, that is not considered, most times, "hip" enough to get airplay time on radios or media in general. As a consequence, Blues artists have to make their marks and try to sell as many records as they can by touring the world incessantly, often self-funding themselves because their record labels wouldn't be able to provide them even with a minimal financial platform to sustain the costs of touring.

Sometimes, for some of us, life stands on such a tight balance that you need constant motivation and belief in yourself, in order to maintain said balance at the right level.

To get that hard-to-reach balance right has always been, for few years now, the main focus in the life and music career of one of the most talented and skilled singer/songwriter of the last 20 years of American Music that is Dana Fuchs.

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When there are certain artists performing or special music events happening in town, not even the rainiest, coldest weather can stop devoted fans to go and show their appreciation, not even in a very uninspiring, weather wise, December evening in North London like tonight.


The occasion is far too Special, paraphrasing part of the stage name of the artist that Bluebird Reviews is going to interview, to even consider to skip, because of the weather, the arrival of Peter Wilson a.k.a. Duke Special at the Union Chapel in London, UK, for a special night of a music where the Irish artist, supported by numerous Special Guests on stage, will perform a unique retrospective of his whole discography.

Zurich is one of those cities that gets mentioned often in the news for its wealth, functionality in every possible sector, from transport to city cleanliness and many others. Rarely, though, this city emerges in the worldwide press for the great respect and love that Swiss people have for Blues and Americana.


Somebody that is certainly fully aware of the great passion that Switzerland has for those genres is that extraordinary artist that is Eric Bibb, one of the finest guitarist and singer/songwriters worldwide that, for the last half a century, has been and still is among the strongest torchbearers of Blues, Folk and Americana.

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