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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.

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.

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.

I wouldn't count myself as being a true blues guitarist because I feel you have to live it.

I wouldn't think a blues album would be that commercially successful, but I don't really care. I'd do it for the love of blues, not for the money. I've got plenty of money.

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.

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.

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

I'm not good enough to be playin' much acoustic guitar onstage. Man, you gotta get so right; I mean, the tones, the feel, the sound. Plus, acoustic blues guitar is just that much harder on the fingers.

I'm not really a country singer, although I did make a couple albums and love its simple, straight-from-the-heart approach, but I have always sung a lot of jazz, show tunes, pop tunes, gospel and blues.

I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection that might surprise people. I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.

I've always loved the blues, John Lee Hooker, Janis Joplin, Hendrix.

I've always thought Blues Point Tower is one of my best buildings and I stand by that.

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.

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.

If I'm at a party and someone puts on a Blues Brothers tape, I tend to go nuts.

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

If they played more blues, people would just get it - they try to hold it back but just about can't hold it back now because the blues is really going.

If you can't play the blues... you might as well hang it up.

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.


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