Release Date: 2019
Publisher: Upper Chamber Publishing
Softcover, 135 pages
About the Book: Living the Blues is a Road Trip along Highway 61 from New Orleans to Chicago through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois.Living the Blues is a Road Trip into the roots of the blues and the road from New Orleans to Chicago. It’s predominantly a picture book with some background and descriptions. The focus is on New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, and the Highway 61 – the Blues Highway, and the most significant record companies and their artists, sights, clubs to visit, historic places. A book to be inspired by and to plan your own Road Trip with, that will really bring it home to you that the blues is alive and well and has so much diversity and richness to offer.About the Authors: Kristine Gator and Billy Gansty is born and raised in Sweden. In the year of 1967, Billy was only 16 years old and received an album by John Mayall called ”A Hard Road” in his hand. It would for all times change his life to devotedly study, listen to and play Blues. That same year he got the opportunity to see and listen to Jimi Hendrix live. Experiences that have a deep impact on a young man’s life. Some twenty years ago Billy met Kristine, and she had the same interest in the music and the Blues. Billy and Kristine have walked the Blues Highway since then. Their fascination has only grown during the years and they have frequently travelled into the roots of the Blues ever since.The idea to write a book about it grew over time and now finally they have been able to produce their own book to participate in and to persevere the Blues for everyone to understand its importance, and its impact on the music history in modern time.During the 80’s Billy had the privilege to move around in the music world in the southern of Sweden and has worked with Swedish musicians such as Peps Persson, Jalle Lorensson, Mikael Wiehe, Ulf Lundell, Fjellis Fjallstrom, Hakan Nyberg etc.Kristine and Billy both live in Malmo, in the Swedish south, and has travelled the Blues Highway 61 to live the Blues and take photos to inspire others to do the same. They write under pseudonyms for readers in English.