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Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.
See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues.
I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.
If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.
B. B. King
The blues is losing someone you love and not having enough money to immerse yourself in drink.
Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.
I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
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.
Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.
Another thing to do with the blues is how they were recorded. They were done on the quick, and some of that stuff was made on wire, not even tape, let alone digital.
You know, the BBC had not been particularly generous in its deliverance of blues and esoteric kinds of music.
Sure, I get the blues. But what I try to do, is apply joy to the blues, you know? I don't know if it's a technique, or just being bent that way, being raised by the folks I was raised by.
Blues and soul and jazz music has so much pain, so much beauty of raw emotion and passion.
The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army.
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.
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn't know how other people would take it.
B. B. King
Some of the greatest blues music is some of the darkest music you've ever heard.
I dabbled in things like Howlin' Wolf, Cream and Led Zeppelin, but when I heard Son House and Robert Johnson, it blew my mind. It was something I'd been missing my whole life. That music made me discard everything else and just get down to the soul and honesty of the blues.
I love country music, blues, and punk, and one day I might make those kinds of records.
Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.
I didn't want to go out and change anything. I just wanted to make the music that was part of my background, which was rock and blues and hip-hop.
The blues and jazz will live forever... So will the Delta and the Big Easy.
I am, and always will be, a blues guitarist.
Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.
Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about. I don't.
Maybe someday you can accuse somebody of being a poseur by selling out and playing blues music, but that's just not going to happen in my lifetime.
I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground.
Pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.
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