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I'm not good enough to be playin' much acoustic guitar onstage. Man, you gotta get so right; I mean, the tones, the feel, the sound. Plus, acoustic blues guitar is just that much harder on the fingers.
See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues.
Don't waste your time away thinkin' 'bout yesterday's blues.
Jon Bon Jovi
The blues are what I've turned to, what has given me inspiration and relief in all the trials of my life.
What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.
When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend to the tradition. I recognize that I have some responsibility to keep the music alive, and it's a pretty honorable position to be in.
It was stumbling on to really the bible of the blues, you know, and a very powerful drug to be introduced to us and I absorbed it totally, and it changed my complete outlook on music.
I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.
I listened to King Oliver and I listened to Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp... I listened to everything I could that came from that place that they call the blues but, in formality, isn't necessarily the blues.
To me, the blues is an infection. I don't think it's necessarily a melancholy thing; the blues can be really positive and I think I think anyone and everyone can have a place for the blues. It need not always a woeful, sorrowful thing. It's more reflective; it reminds you to feel.
It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive character.
James Weldon Johnson
Wherever I am in the world, I never get Sunday night blues. I suppose it's because I've never worked at any one thing long enough to start hating it.
I still think the best metal bands have a blues feel. The first Black Sabbath album is kind of a bludgeoning of blues. Deep Purple also started out as a blues band.
I listen more to music when I'm on my computer. I'm into the latest YouTube thing. I'm a nanosecond kind of listener, but if I'm driving I would be listening to a Merle Haggard box set. It's a weird experience listening to 'Working Man Blues' by Merle Haggard and cruising around in a Porsche.
Without the blues, modern music would be nothing like it is now - not remotely.
Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.
Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.
Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion.
Blues means what milk does to a baby. Blues is what the spirit is to the minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt, our souls have been disturbed.
You know, the BBC had not been particularly generous in its deliverance of blues and esoteric kinds of music.
The blues and jazz will live forever... So will the Delta and the Big Easy.
Some of the greatest blues music is some of the darkest music you've ever heard.
I think people must wonder how a white girl like me became a blues guitarist. The truth is, I never intended to do this for a living.
I love country music, blues, and punk, and one day I might make those kinds of records.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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