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Hip-hop, which is my generation's blues, is important to the characters that I write about. They use hip-hop to understand the world through language.
When I was sixteen, I wrote the first hundred or so pages of a novel about a piano that was haunted by the ghost of an evil blues musician.
I listen to top 40, old country, blues... I'm really into Roger Miller.
I seen a lot of changes. You got to make changes. I even make changes in my blues.
The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me.
I remember the first time I was booked into a jazz club. I was scared to death. I'm not a jazz artist. So I got to the club and spotted this big poster saying, 'Richie Havens, folk jazz artist.' Then I'd go to a rock club and I'm billed as a 'folk rock performer' and in the blues clubs I'd be a 'folk blues entertainer.'
I like to listen the blues and some classical.
I got to see all these incredible blues players, like Jimmy Reed.
That's the kind of musical freedom I like: jazz, rock, blues, anything. You adopt different attitudes when you play different music.
I've always loved the blues, John Lee Hooker, Janis Joplin, Hendrix.
I was considered as a jazz man rather than as a blues player. There were no blues players-you played one sort of jazz of another sort of jazz.
In 1940 I came across a record by Jimmy Yancey. I can't say how important that record is. From then on, all I wanted to do was play the blues.
The parallel development in American blues to the British movement has resulted in Johnny Winters.
After 'The Blues Brothers,' I wanted to do a good musical number with real dancers and shoot it correctly.
I come from a democratic world. My world is moderate Democrats, Reagan-type Democrats if you want, the blues or whatever you call them, the Blue Dogs. That's been my world, historically.
I like blue a lot, and greens. Earthy blues and greens.
I don't think of myself as a folk singer per se, but I really like blues and string-band music. When I started listening to records when I was a teenager, the folk boom was going on.
Loudon Wainwright III
When I came to The Moody Blues, we were a rhythm and blues band. I was lousy at rhythm and blues - I think the rest of us were.
I think we as a band, as individuals, understand that all popular music stems from blues and jazz and even pop, but rock 'n' roll especially comes from blues.
I think I'm more influenced, just in general, not by blues artists, but more by stuff from Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is probably my biggest musical influence of all. And Donny Hathaway.
Blues music is becoming more and more popular than it ever was. I'm always meeting people on the road that are really young, and are guitar players. male and female.
My folks have played everything from rock, disco, pop, funk, and blues. My dad has always brought and played different genres like jazz, classical, and Latin. With all this in my pocket, I feel I have a taste of everything for my influences.
I base my roots and history in old blues, old country and old bluegrass, and I like rock 'n' roll, and somehow it all came together, and that is what I am playing now.
If I'm going to do blues, it's going to be a typical Jimmy Rushing record.
When I was growing up, I would go hang out with older guys at night in blues clubs.
Gary Clark, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
John F. Kennedy
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