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If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC

Kurt Vonnegut

He's written some great songs. I thought that "Blues Man" was a perfect song for me to do as a tribute.

Alan Jackson

I got to see all these incredible blues players, like Jimmy Reed.

Johnny Rivers

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.

Jack White

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.

Jimi Hendrix

We didn't go for music that sounded like blues, or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones. We didn't want to be like any of the other bands.

Michael Giles

Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.

Count Basie

Where I grew up, Bob Wills and his western swing was very popular. And western swing is not that far from jazz and blues.

Willie Nelson

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.

Jimi Hendrix

The blues comes right back to a person's feelings, to his daily activities in life. But rich people don't know nothing about the blues, please believe me.

Jimmy Rushing

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.

Mark Knopfler

I'm John Lee Hooker in the sense that he was a blues man and he played blues his whole life. I'm a rock guy and I'm going to play rock music my whole life.

Sammy Hagar

The only time it dominates is during a solo, or when we play a low blues and I put figures in behind Eric's vocals. There's never any real problem fitting guitar and organ together.

Alan Price

When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.

Little Richard

See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues.

Jimi Hendrix

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.

Kid Rock

My take on rap is driven by straightforward American southern rock and blues.

Kid Rock

I think a guy who's had just the right amount of booze can sing the blues a hell of a lot better than a guy who is stone sober.

Charlie Rich

So, maybe you don't see blues so much in Styx's music but it is definitely part of Tommy's early music.

James Young

I've gone the full spectrum - from gospel to blues to jazz to soul to pop - and the public has accepted what I've done through it all. I think it means I've been doing something right at the right time.

Lou Rawls

It was the early days of Rock 'n' Roll in this country. We were all struggling to learn music, it might be Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues or even Rock 'n' Roll.

Jim Sullivan

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.

Duke Ellington

I love classic rock, rock and roll, that's the top notch. I love soul - bluesy music as well.

Haley Reinhart

We played one warm-up gig at this bar that was kinda like that bar in 'The Blues Brothers' with the chicken wire. This place called The Brick House, in Housatonic. I really can't believe we're going to play for people in New York City. I'm terrified, but it's a small enough room. But it's really just supposed to be for the fun of it.

Lauren Ambrose

My folks have played everything from rock, disco, pop, funk, and blues. My dad has always brought and played different genres like jazz, classical, and Latin. With all this in my pocket, I feel I have a taste of everything for my influences.

Haley Reinhart

What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.

Ray Charles

The blues is something separate from what I do. They connect at certain spots, but blues is different. I wouldn't put it in with what my career has been. That would be a whole separate wing.

Bob Mould

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.'

Buddy Guy

Everybody thinks I'm, like, a bad boy. I've had my day, but I just sit at home and play the blues mostly.

Brad Renfro

The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand. And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form which, after all, has become the main musical form of the whole human species.

Alan Lomax

A lot of people relate me to the blues but I don't think it's a hindrance at this point. I've been doing it long enough that I can do different things and be accepted.

Paul Butterfield

There was some scene in The Blues Brothers movie, when they had the chicken wire across the front of the stage, and it was almost like that. They had a big guard rail around the stage, which kept the college kids from getting on... we had some good times.

William Bell

I stayed with them for about a year up there and, at night, worked over in Long Island at a club called The High Hat Club which was like a pseudo jazz / blues place.

William Bell

There's a difference between the blues of the New Orleans guys and anyone else and the difference is in a chord, but I can't figure the name of it. It's a different chord, and they all make it.

Jimmy Rushing

The blues tells a story in itself. It can make you happy or give you a feeling to swing.

Jimmy Rushing

If I'm going to do blues, it's going to be a typical Jimmy Rushing record.

Jimmy Rushing

I would like to involve myself in some black music. I would like to do some blues and some gospel music. I want to try stuff from other genres and try to widen my musical base.

Greg Lake

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

I have a gajillion headbands - yellows, pinks, reds, blues. I'm obsessed.

Monique Coleman

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.

Jeff Bridges

I think I'm more influenced, just in general, not by blues artists, but more by stuff from Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is probably my biggest musical influence of all. And Donny Hathaway.

Jonny Lang

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.

Jack White

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.

Jack White

I didn't get into music to become a blues musician, or a country musician. I'm a singer-songwriter. In my book that means I get to do whatever I want.

Justin Townes Earle

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

Blues and jazz pulled me away from what was left of my family.

Alexis Korner

I guess music, particularly the blues, is the only form of schizophrenia that has organised itself into being both legal and beneficial to society.

Alexis Korner

I had always intended to make a living out of playing blues. But I never admitted it to myself. I don't suppose I could have given a logical reason for it ever becoming possible to do so.

Alexis Korner

I was considered as a jazz man rather than as a blues player. There were no blues players-you played one sort of jazz of another sort of jazz.

Alexis Korner

In 1940 I came across a record by Jimmy Yancey. I can't say how important that record is. From then on, all I wanted to do was play the blues.

Alexis Korner

The British feel of blues has been hard, rather than emotional. Far too much emphasis on 12 bar, too little attention to words, far too little originality.

Alexis Korner

The parallel development in American blues to the British movement has resulted in Johnny Winters.

Alexis Korner

One performer whose band played my music better than I could myself was Art Farmer. He recorded 'Sing Me Softly of the Blues' and 'Ad Infinitum'.

Carla Bley

Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help.

Mahalia Jackson

Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.

Mahalia Jackson

When you are through with the blues, you've got nothing to rest on.

Mahalia Jackson

I'm not a big blues fan, but I don't know anyone who doesn't dig B.B. King.

Maurice Gibb

They don't bother too much with the balance and things on blues records.

Maurice Gibb

As a guitar player, you can gravitate to the blues because you can play it easily. It's not a style that's difficult to pick up. It's purely emotive and dead easy to get a start with.

Boz Scaggs

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice.

Boz Scaggs

You don't have to live the blues to play the blues.

Herbie Mann

Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He's very underrated.

Ritchie Blackmore

There was nobody at the time who was playing slide guitar like Johnny, and nobody, or no white guys at least, that was playing country blues like that on the acoustic guitar. And it was at that point that I realized what Johnny had to offer.

Rick Derringer

In the nineties I was doing those Blues Bureau records, but over the past two years, I have really gone back to my Christian roots and have been born again.

Rick Derringer

I know some people will be surprised to hear it, but I've found that my music, whether its blues or rock, or whatever you want to call it, can be channeled into a positive direction that actually helps people.

Rick Derringer

I would think, to me, growing up in the south, growing up with all the gospel music, singing in the church and having that rhythm and blues - the blues background was my big inspiration.

Jackie DeShannon

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.

Etta James

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.

Etta James

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.

Etta James

Elvis deserves a lot of credit for bringing the blues to middle America, not the Vegas stuff. The early stuff, The Sun records, and the first few RCA records. He was wonderful, he had the power, the drive, and he was so dedicated to his music.

Peter Tork

Getting to play the blues has been transcendant for me. I can't say if my finest hour is yet to come, you want to make a dent in this world, well I do anyway.

Peter Tork

I like to listen the blues and some classical.

Peter Tork

It was so much fun to do, play the blues and then play a Monkees' set on the same night.

Peter Tork

Pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.

Peter Tork

Shoe Suede Blues is ten years old this year. The Band consists of four members.

Peter Tork

The blues brings you back into the fold. The blues isn't about the blues, it's about we have all had the blues and we are all in this together.

Peter Tork

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.

Van Morrison

Hearing the blues changed my life.

Van Morrison

My family was a Christian family. But I had to get to Kansas to play the blues.

Jay McShann

I had listened to Joe Turner. When they'd book Joe there, I'd play the blues behind him.

Jay McShann

There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues. That was singing.

Ethel Waters

I tend to play a lot of blues things at home, because most blues things are basically within a 12-bar pattern.

Marc Bolan

Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues, you find out it's music of just plain people.

Brownie McGhee

You can't seperate modern jazz from rock or from rhythm and blues - you can't seperate it. Because that's where it all started, and that's where it all come from - that's where I learned to keep rhythm - in church.

Art Blakey

Every time the guys were knocked out by my guitar playing and the girls were knocked out by the type of songs I did. That set us apart from the average blues band.

George Thorogood

Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues.

John Mayall

White folks hear the blues come out, but they don't know how it got there.

Ma Rainey

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

I am very excited to be here in Wales and look forward to putting on the Cardiff Blues shirt.

Jonah Lomu

It is commercial pop that the majority of people understand. A working man's daughter would not understand blues.

Barry Gibb

The musicians that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me.

Alberta Hunter

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

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.

Denis Waitley

I really appreciate when someone can blow me away with live acoustic blues.

Johnny Winter

I don't wanta do any Blues or any sad songs.

Bob Livingston

But my big thing was always the blues.

Luther Allison

I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best - I mean, when I'm at my best - of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything.

Maya Angelou

Without the blues, modern music would be nothing like it is now - not remotely.

Henry Rollins

In blues music, there's a lot of borrowing, so it's often difficult to identify the originator of a song.

Henry Rollins

I like the blues a lot. I grew up on it.

Morgan Freeman

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