25 years ago, Tom "The Suit" Forst

sold his soul to the devil and became a corporate executive.

 

At this height of his success, he quit it all

to play the blues.

     Chasing the Blues Season 2......picks up where the 50 episodes of Season 1 left off, with 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. 

     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.

     In Season 2, the podcast will also feature interviews with key figures working behind the scenes of the blues: record company executives, venue owners, festival organizers, and regional blues society presidents - all playing their own unique roles in keeping the blues alive. The new season will also have contests and giveaways you don't want to miss!

     Stay tuned for a new episode every week (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. 

 

 

Season 2/Episode 1: Blues Harp James Montgomery Talks James Cotton

Tom The Suit Forst chats with blues-rock harmonica player James Montgomery about his time traveling down Highway 61 to Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hear about his upcoming film documentary on the life of blues harp legend James Cotton. 

Season 2/Episode 6: Catching Up with Guitarist Seth James Living The Good Life

On this episode of Chasing the Blues Podcast (Season 2/Episode 6) Tom catches up with guitarist Seth James, who makes his second appearance on the podcast, discussing his recent album "Good Life." 

Season 2/Episode 2:

Albert Castiglia Talks about His Time With Junior Wells

     Tom "The Suit Forst" checks in with Florida-native blues musician Albert Castiglia about his time performing with Junior Wells, after surviving his first job with the Florida Welfare Office. 

Season 2/Episode 7:

Fito De La Parra on Living the Blues: Canned Heat's Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex And Survival 

Tom The Suit Forst gets first hand stories about performing at Woodstock by Fito De La Parra, drummer of Canned Heat.

Season 2/Episode 3:

Tom The Suit Forst Talks Quarantine with Gary Hoey

     Guitarist Gary Hoey checks in with Tom about his unique spin on blues-rock, his newest music, and reflections on his life, career, and family impacted by the Covid-19 health crisis. A compelling interview.

Season 2/Episode 8:

Behind the Blues with Season Sponsor Blues Festival Guide Magazine

Tom The Suit Forst talks business of the blues with Blues Festival Guide Publisher Kaati Reno and long time collaborators on the 18 year-magazine.

Season 2/Episode 4

Johnny Burgin Talks About Performing with Pinetop Perkins

Tom the Suit Forst chats with Delmark Records recording artist Johnny Burgin. The conversation includes stories about Burgin's days playing guitar with the legendary Pinetop Perkins, a gig he landed right out of college.

Season 2/Episode 9: Australian Bluesman 8-Ball Aitken on Prospering During Covid-19

8-Ball Aitken talks about his regimen of weekly live streams during Covid-19, which have attracted thousands of fans to his social media. 

Season 2/Episode 5: King of Biker Blues Pat Savage Talks Friendship with Jeff Healey

 Tom The Suit Forst chats with "King of Biker Blues" Pat Savage. The musician and recording artist, accomplished filmmaker, actor, and life-long motorcyclist discusses his deep friendship with Jeff Healey

Season 2/Episode 10:

Coming Soon!

New Episode Each Week (Thursday)

A new episode of Chasing the Blues launches every Thursday. You can listen to it on Apple Music, Spotify, and all major streaming platforms. Chasing the Blues is sponsored by the Blues Festival Guide magazine. 

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