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.
The blues is instilled in every musical cell that floats around your body.
I'm very lucky that people are able to say, 'Oh, that's that Moody Blues guy!' I'm very fortunate with that. That's all. Without the songs, I think, I'd just be a pretty average karaoke singer. In the end, it comes down to the songs: the strength of the songs.
Every demo I do has a mandolin or resonator on it - some element of the bluegrass or classic country world that I grew up listening to and that first drew me in. And then I always try to find somewhere for a bluesy guitar sound, because that's also what I love.
I put a limited time on the blues. I say, 'I allowed myself to be blue for four hours, and now I'm going to stop.'
I grew up with a heavy diet of gospel, folk, and blues because those are kind of the cornerstones of traditional American music.
The blues - the sound of a sinner on revival day.
My first car was a 1976 Toyota Corolla Liftback in red, like the one in 'The Blues Brothers.' I painted a Union Jack on the roof. I was absolutely in love with it until I destroyed it, which broke my heart!
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.'
If you can't play the blues... you might as well hang it up.
Then I started checking out blues albums from the library and playing the harp along with them.
I am a lover of all sorts of different music. I love blues and every piece of music that I have listened to has become an influence.
Yes, there's a lot of the blues in my playing.
The blues is a mighty long road. Or it could be a river, one that twists and turns and flows into a sea of limitless musical potential.
The blues is life itself.
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