They just said, 'Roll the tape.' No rehearsal or nothing... Muddy [Waters] didn't come in and say 'I wanna rehearse.' He used to look at me and say 'Let's just play the blues. That's all you need to do.
Why did they keep changing guitars and amplifiers when they were perfect? They did the same things with cars, if you ask me. They forgot how to make them right, because they focused on style and bells and whistles.
Somebody called Muddy and told him he should come down and hear me play. I didn't even know he was out there in the audience. After the show, I was talking to some people when somebody came up and slapped me upside the head.
The first guitar player I saw putting on a show was Guitar Slim - I must've been 13 years old - he came out riding that guitar, wearing a bright red suit. I thought; 'I wanna sound like BB King, but I wanna play guitar like THAT.
If you don't think you've got the blues, just keep living, and if you don't think you're drunk, just keep drinking what you're drinking.