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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.
It's a blue album, but it's not a blues album. I'm not pretending all of a sudden now I'm blues.
Since I was a kid, I've had an absolute obsession with particular kinds of American music. Mississippi Delta blues of the Thirties, Chicago blues of the Fifties, West Coast music of the mid-Sixties - but I'd never really touched on dark Americana.
I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues.
I am fascinated by the places that music comes from, like fife-and-drum blues from southern Mississippi or Cajun music out of Lafayette, Louisiana, shape-note singing, old harp singing from the mountains - I love that stuff. It's like the beginning of rock and roll: something comes down from the hills, and something comes up from the delta.
If you want to be a good blues singer, people are going to be down on you, so dress like you're going to the bank to borrow money.
B. B. King
If T-Bone Walker had been a woman, I would have asked him to marry me. I'd never heard anything like that before: single-string blues played on an electric guitar.
B. B. King
Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.
I like the blues a lot. I grew up on it.
God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?
With the White Stripes we were trying to trick people into not realising we were playing the blues. We did not want to come off like white kids trying to play black music from 100 years ago so a great way to distract them was by dressing in red, white and black.
I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.
When I was a small boy, 10, 11, 12, probably somewhere around there, when I first heard a blues song on the radio, it was a jolt of electricity. It grabbed me by the throat, it made me shiver. And I knew from that moment that this was for me and this would be with me for the rest of my life.
I sang in church growing up. Memphis is the blues capital of the world, we like to say.
When I was in the country and I was trying to play, nobody seemed to pay too much attention to me. People used to say, 'That's just that ole blues singer.'
B. B. King
I went back to Belfast and started a club, the Maritime. No one had thought about doing a blues club, so I was the first.
The blues. It runs through all American music. Somebody bending the note. The other is the two-beat groove. It's in New Orleans music, it's in jazz, it's in country music, it's in gospel.
I believe in blues, and I believe that it's been misrepresented.
I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory.
And as I started reaching deeper I realized that most of the blues of that day was done by men. Women just didn't have the nerve.
When I was a teenager, I really didn't like loud rock music. I listened to jazz and blues and folk music. I've always preferred acoustic music. And it was only, I suppose, by the time Jethro Tull was getting underway that we did let the music begin to have a harder edge, in particular with the electric guitar being alongside the flute.
Parenthood always comes as a shock. Postpartum blues? Postpartum panic is more like it. We set out to have a baby; what we get is a total take-over of our lives.
Polly Berrien Berends
But between sets I'd sneak over to the black places to hear blues musicians. It got to the point where I was making my living at white clubs and having my fun at the other places.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Once I was checking to hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song.'
The fact that we elected Obama was a sign that the black struggle inherent in the blues and so much of the music I have loved can triumph.
When I was a kid, we didn't have any blues stations. I never heard Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters or any of those people until the Stones had come along, and I took it upon myself to find out who these people were that they were covering.
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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