I said, 'The groove you're in, I don't want to get in that,'
Blues is like American Express. I don't leave home without it.
It was my third day without food,
What I do is when I go to the stage I forget about me.
So here I am - a 75-year-old man sitting on a bar stool in a blues club, trying to figure out exactly how I got here. Any way you look at it, it's a helluva story.
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.
Even the disc jockeys are saying, if I play your record, I made you. You got to play for me free.
I'm going through a divorce now. This is the second one, and like baseball, I'm not gonna get three strikes. I've been living by myself for five years and I'm very comfortable. I can play my guitar when I want to.
I've never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that's why I go on doing it - I like to see everybody smile.
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.
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.
I've Got Dreams to Remember.
Your mind is on vacation and your mouth is working overtime.
I can't learn nothing from listening to me. That's something I already know.
Everyone thinks because you're from the south you know everyone down there, but it's not like that; I never knew nothing about no Mississippi.
Listen to the lyrics - we're singing about everyday life: rich people trying to keep money, poor people tying to get it, and everyone having trouble with their husband or wife!
Standing between these two guys you'd have to be me to know how I'm feelin'!
Goddamn Right, I Got the Blues,
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.
It's kind of hard to keep going sometimes but you just have to believe in what you are and what you can do and that's the way to success.
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.
I love what I'm doing. And the world is so mad at everybody. If I do something to make people smile, I'm going to say, I got you. For that moment, if it don't last, I made you forget about the other thing you might have been thinking about.
Blues musicians don't retire. They drop.
Someone told me once that blues is like whiskey. They keep whiskey in the barrel for so many years, and then they talk about how well it's aged. But I don't think that goes for him. I think this young man has just stepped in there sayin', 'I'm gonna prove you all wrong.' I think he's like a watermel
I learn everything I play by listening to somebody else.
If you donâ€™t think you have the blues, just keep living.
I know it's kinda hot. I'm hot, too. Let's get it on!
I'm gonna play something so funky you can smell it
When you catch me playing something at home, it's somebody else's stuff where I can what we call steal licks from, and that's how I taught myself how to play.
But I was denied a record contract for 15 years, so I'm not going to be too picky about what I do. I don't have the juice to say no too many times.