My first love was the sound of guitar.
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.
I'm still trying to re-create a Ray Charles concert that I heard when I was fifteen years old, and all my nerve endings were fried and transformed, and electricity shot through me.
There is not a lot that keeps me glued to the radio as I used to be.
My songwriting and my style became more complex as I listened, learned, borrowed and stole and put my music together.
I was a guitar player first off.
From the time I moved to San Francisco in 1967 to play with the Steve Miller Band, there was a lot of support in the music community for one cause or another, but this one was special because it was put on by people who understood where musicians' hearts are.
This is a cause that musicians can take to heart because one of our main reasons for being is to share our music with other people, and this takes us to people who probably wouldn't otherwise get to hear music on quite this level.
I love working with the quartet. I have more freedom and flexibility.
I am not a jazz singer. I wouldn't place myself on that footing. I wouldn't even enter that arena.
I feel fortunate that I was able to step away from it when I wasn't interested.
There's a whole lot of songs that men just can't do. The words are from another time and represent too much of an emotional commitment, whereas women can say that because of who they are.
I think that it can be said of a lot of artists, and myself included, that we made the same record over and over from the beginning.
Quite frankly, I've always listened to the black side of the radio dial. Where I grew up, there was a lot of it and there was a lot of live music around.
I really just followed my musical instincts every step of my life.
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