What I do is when I go to the stage I forget about me.
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.
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.
Your mind is on vacation and your mouth is working overtime.
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.
Goddamn Right, I Got the Blues,
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'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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If you donâ€™t think you have the blues, just keep living.
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 know it's kinda hot. I'm hot, too. Let's get it on!
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.'
I can't learn nothing from listening to me. That's something I already know.
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 was my third day without food,
Don't be the best in town. Just try to be the best until the best come around.
When you play the guitar, you don't have to say nothing. The girls would say something to you.
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.
I said, 'The groove you're in, I don't want to get in that,'
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.
Bring 'Em In
I didn't look up and say, "Oh, man, if I learn how to play a guitar I could make not much money, but I'd make a decent living like Eric Clapton or somebody. There wasn't nothing like that out there.
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.
Blues musicians don't retire. They drop.
The jazz and blues clubs are like the jazz and blues musicians - they're disappearing.
When I went to Chicago, I'll put it like this: I was looking for a dime and I found a quarter.