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A post CD release interview with DJ Smilestir and John Cohmer of Jasper Mills about the Nashville Sessions, his style of Bottleneck Slide guitar, his long time friend whom he met for the very first time after years of just emailing.
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Blues - Blues General
Previous peak charts position #121
Previous peak charts position in subgenre #49
DJ Smilestir & John Cohmer
2002 Blues Allstars
November 23, 2003
MP3 7.6 MB
128 kbps bitrate
0:00 minutes
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Our good friend and passionate Blues enthusiast internet DJ, (Deb) Smilestir was given the exclusive release to play all the Nashville Sessions tracks on her LIVE 365 RADIO show. She has one of the Nets Top Rated Blues Stations and we are certainly proud of her success because we've watched her and supported her through it all. Here she talks with John one on one about his experience at the sessions and internet collaborations with other artists. Visit Jasper Mills and hear "Love Is Like An Angel" and the original version of "Macon House Slide" with his friend from the UK Matt Thorpe at his Soundclick site Jasper Mills
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"The Nashville Sessions was attended by blues cats from England, USA & Canada. Never having met each other face to face, these blues artists gathered together to share a passion to play the blues and share some time together. All players in attendance had only met through online collaboration. Emails and the MP3.com Blues Forum Message Board, played a pivotal role in kindling the years of an on-line friendship. All songs were written and recorded at Kitty Wells' studio in Madison, TN now run by here grandson John (JR) Sturdivant. Skip Mitchell (formerly of Oakridge Boys) engineered the live sessions. Add to that a rowdy mix of international characters with one thought, to play the Blues and enjoy the ambience of hanging with other blues players ... and friends meeting for the very first time!" So many blues, so little time. What an exciting happening took place here! Music on the internet is still quite a new baby, though many Artists have been exploring this new medium for a while. Every day there are changes happening in the music industry, sometimes disheartening, but one thing for sure is that the music will prevail! There are thousands of blues Artists on the net, sharing their music with us and each one has their story. What these men have to share is more than ever could be put in words, this blues CD is the living testament. This is somewhat a personal story to me, very close to my heart. You see the men in this collaboration have a lot to do with how Blue IceWater Radio was born in the first place. About 5+yrs ago I happed across a music site called mp3.com. I started digging into music there, music I wanted to hear. I continued to find great music though I had to really dig beyond the charting system mostly. I was in 7th heaven with so much undiscovered talent, I've got all the purchased CD's to prove it. I eventually found my way to the blues bulletin board (now debunked; we have adopted the blues buds on our board gladly). I saw many blues Artists that I had listened to hanging out there. I just lurked the board for a month or so but couldn't resist the urge to post seeing the friendships there & the humble sharing of music by these Artists. It was on this board that I learned more about the blues. These blues Artists, as well as others, embraced me with open arms, educated me about the blues Legends, led me to other blues Artists, but most of all taught me that a friend of the blues is a friend for life. These blues friends inspired me with their music enough to want to give something back to the world of the blues! It's because of these men that you and I are discovering blues Artists from around the globe & listening around the globe too. Just like the 3D world, you spend any amount of time with people you genuinely care about and they become your home. That's exactly what happened on this blues bulletin board. So much so that the desire to meet and spend time together was inevitable! Hence, a trip to Nashville, TN transpired by several of the many blues friends in September of 2002. Little did they know at that time that what was culminating was an exciting compilation CD that would forever etch their experience. The jam went so naturally well, that months after their trip they decided to make it official & "The Nashville Sessions" was born. I'm truly honored to help promote this great compilation CD, most of the songs on it are the creation of individual Artists within the group. The heart and soul of the Blues Allstars shared in all their glory is the expression that makes the blues what it is to all of us, blues is a living thing. The core of my blues being tingles at the sound of this music and I am forever in debt to these Artists for opening my soul to the blues. I encourage you to share in and support this experience with the Blues Allstars, its a sample of the future in the making and may we all get to share in many more! You can visit and read more about the Blues Allstars and purchase their CD "The Nashville Sessions" DJ Smilestir BlueIceWater Radio at LIVE365
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