about the Blues
Small List of Blues Quotes
The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues
has a meaning.
John Lee Hooker
With my little band, I did everything they did
with a big band. I made the blues jump.
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 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.
Once you start collecting records you learn
more and more about jazz and blues.
You have to understand a bit about the poetry
of the blues to know where the references are
In 1908 Handy didn't know anything about the
blues and he doesn't know anything about jazz
and stomps to this day. I myself figured out
the peculiar form of mathematics and harmonies
that was strange to all the world but me.
Jelly Roll Morton
White folks hear the blues come out, but they
don't know how it got there.
I'm certain that it was an incredible gift for
me to not only be friends with some of the greatest
blues people who've ever lived, but to learn
how they played, how they sang, how they lived
their lives, ran their marriages, and talked
to their kids.
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 used to listen to country and western and
blues, John Lee Hooker, spirituals, the Bluegrass
Boys, and Eddie Arnold. There was a radio station
that come on everyday with country, spirituals,
and the blues.
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
Blues music is becoming more and more popular
than it ever was. I'm always meeting people
on the road that are really young, and are guitar
players. male and female.
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.
When you think of blues, all you think about
is crying guitar like B.B. King's guitar. You
think about someone crying that their woman's
gone. And how bad life is and all that. Why
can't it be something happy with the blues?
Why can't it have a hip-hop beat to which you
can do the dances of today ?
Simple music is the hardest music to play and
blues is simple music.
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
The Blues is Life.
“The blues ain't nothing but a good man
There's no way in the world I can feel the same
blues the way I used to. When I play in Chicago,
I'm playing up-to-date, not the blues I was
born with. People should hear the pure blues
- the blues we used to have when we had no money.
I've always wanted the sound of Muddy Waters'
early records - only louder
I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering
'cause I got a long memory.
You gotta have heart in you want to make it
in this business.
The blues is the foundation, and it's got to
carry the top. The other part of the scene,
the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls
of the blues.
history of a people is found in its songs.
Blues is a natural fact, is something that a
fellow lives. If you don't live it you don't
have it. Young people have forgotten to cry
the blues. Now they talk and get lawyers and
Big Bill Broonzy
It is from the blues that all that may be called
American music derives its most distinctive
-James Weldon Johnson
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.'
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts,
your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't
come out of your horn. They teach you there's
a boundary line to music. But, man, there's
no boundary line to art.
I just like the blues better than rock 'n' roll.
Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling,
finesse, and fear.
The blues was so big in the late '60s that it
kinda wore itself out, and people weren't diggin'
the blues as much.
Music isn't just learning notes and playing
them, You learn notes to play to the music of
Saturday night is your big night. Everybody
used to fry up fish and have one hell of a time.
Find me playing till sunrise for 50 cents and
a sandwich. And be glad of it. And they really
liked the low-down blues.