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I have to have music playing constantly. It creates the tone and mood for anything you are doing. I specifically love rock, and Jimi Hendrix is one of my favorite artists. My favorite song is 'Red House,' because it's heavy on the blues.
I still like to play the blues more than anything else.
I never liked blues and I really didn't like jazz. I liked Chuck Berry.
The basis of everything that I plugged into when I was younger was blues, and it always stayed with me.
I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection that might surprise people. I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
If I'm at a party and someone puts on a Blues Brothers tape, I tend to go nuts.
Rhythm and blues started even before phonograph records were being produced because black people entertained themselves. It wasn't done for money. It was done for entertainment. Most white people didn't know anything about this because prejudice kept them from ever seeing what was going on.
New Orleans jazz is a complex and embracing art form that began about the same time as the blues and encompassed many of its excellences.
Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues, you find out it's music of just plain people.
I believe that blues and jazz are the two uniquely American contributions into music.
Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.
The blues are like the fugue in 18th century. It's probably the music that belongs most to our time.
The way Will Moore taught me, and the way I play it, the blues is just something different.
John Lee Hooker
Country music originates with the colloquial, rural aspects of white America. It's really, truly, rural white America's blues.
I love Ruth Brown, not just her singing, but Ruth Brown has more girl power than anyone, because she fought hard against people who ripped her off and then helped other artists through the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
My template for most songs is 'Is this inspiring?' and with the blues it so often is.
The blues style - moody or rollicking or boastful or bashful - developed in the Delta around 1900 and was, for a time, exclusively African-American. That isn't the case anymore.
My mum's family would all get together, with guitars, harmonica, mandolins and upright bass and play old blues and folk songs. That was normal to me.
I really appreciate when someone can blow me away with live acoustic blues.
The Progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter... and Still Alive and Well is my favorite rock record.
Before I left, I opened a lot of doors for a lot of people to play the blues.
But my big thing was always the blues.
In the blues, it just takes so long for us to get recognized.
I started playing bluegrass with my family, so there were the G, C and D chords. I was playing a Martin acoustic because that's what Carter Stanley of the Stanley Brothers played. Then I got into the really raw blues of Hound Dog Taylor and started on electric guitar.
The first thing I learned was the 'St Louis Blues' when I was eight. Both my grandmothers, my mother and uncle played the piano. This was post-war Britain, and they played boogie woogie and blues, which was the underground music of the time.
John F. Kennedy
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