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The blues style - moody or rollicking or boastful or bashful - developed in the Delta around 1900 and was, for a time, exclusively African-American. That isn't the case anymore.

Tags: Style, Time  ✍ Author: James Cagney

New Orleans jazz is a complex and embracing art form that began about the same time as the blues and encompassed many of its excellences.

Tags: Art, Time  ✍ Author: James Cagney

Charlie Patton, who was born in 1891, recorded some of the very first blues. In 'Pony Blues' and 'Peavine Blues,' he manages to pile dense layers of rhythms one upon the other.

Tags: Born, Layers  ✍ Author: James Cagney

I used to be a great blues singer.

Tags: Great, Used  ✍ Author: Roger Daltrey

Our repertoire consisted of rhythm and blues, sort of country rhythm and blues, Sonny Terry things.

Tags: Country, Rhythm  ✍ Author: Ray Davies

Blues ain't never going anywhere. It can get slow, but it ain't going nowhere.

Tags: Anywhere, Slow  ✍ Author: David Edwards

I seen a lot of changes. You got to make changes. I even make changes in my blues.

Tags: Changes, Seen  ✍ Author: David Edwards

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

 ✍ Author: Morgan Freeman

The blues - the sound of a sinner on revival day.

Tags: Sinner, Sound  ✍ Author: William Christopher Handy

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.

Tags: Music, Reflection  ✍ Author: Jimi Hendrix

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

Tags: Singing, Today  ✍ Author: Jimi Hendrix

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.

Tags: Easy, Hard  ✍ Author: Jimi Hendrix

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period.

Tags: Band, Playing  ✍ Author: Tony Iommi

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

Tags: Rest  ✍ Author: Mahalia Jackson

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

Tags: Despair, Hope  ✍ Author: Mahalia Jackson

I was always a closet blues player.

Tags: Closet, Player  ✍ Author: Tito Jackson

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.

Tags: Feeling, Sorry  ✍ Author: Etta James

Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.

Tags: Miserable, Singers  ✍ Author: Janis Joplin

Don't waste your time away thinkin' 'bout yesterday's blues.

Tags: Away, Time  ✍ Author: Jon Bon Jovi

When I began my career, I was constantly referred to as the kid who could play the blues.

Tags: Career, Kid  ✍ Author: Jonny Lang

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

Tags: Far, Popular  ✍ Author: Willie Nelson

I think it was that we were really seasoned musicians. We had serious roots that spanned different cultures, obviously the blues.

Tags: Musicians, Serious  ✍ Author: Jimmy Page

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.

Tags: After, Jazz  ✍ Author: Robert Quine

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

Tags: Hear, White  ✍ Author: Ma Rainey

I never liked blues and I really didn't like jazz. I liked Chuck Berry.

Tags: Jazz, Liked  ✍ Author: Johnny Ramone
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Well, I grew up on the blues, man!

 ✍ Author: Gil Scott-Heron

I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.

Tags: Played, Show  ✍ Author: Carlos Santana

I have been accused of being a very simplistic, very lyrical player, and that's okay. That just comes from the blues, which is my background. But every day you wake up and transcend. You can't ever rest on your laurels.

Tags: Player, Rest  ✍ Author: Carlos Santana

The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American Rhythm and Blues.

Tags: American, Inspired  ✍ Author: Mick Taylor

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

Tags: Shoes, Until  ✍ Author: Terry Waite

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

Tags: Maybe, Music  ✍ Author: James Young

It's a blue album, but it's not a blues album. I'm not pretending all of a sudden now I'm blues.

Tags: Blue, Pretending  ✍ Author: Neil Young

Before I left, I opened a lot of doors for a lot of people to play the blues.

Tags: Doors, Left  ✍ Author: Luther Allison

But I did that, and I created another blues scene, another something I can sing about.

Tags: Another, Sing  ✍ Author: Luther Allison

But my big thing was always the blues.

Tags: Big  ✍ Author: Luther Allison

In the blues, it just takes so long for us to get recognized.

Tags: Recognized, Takes  ✍ Author: Luther Allison

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.

Tags: Rock, Top  ✍ Author: Luther Allison

All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues.

Tags: Jazz, Players  ✍ Author: Mose Allison

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

Tags: Party, Someone  ✍ Author: Todd Barry

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

Tags: Treat, Ways  ✍ Author: Count Basie

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.

Tags: Baby, Lives  ✍ Author: Tomas Berdych

I found the blues too limiting, and classical was too disciplined.

Tags: Classical, Found  ✍ Author: Ritchie Blackmore

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

Tags: Best, Winter  ✍ Author: Ritchie Blackmore

Hill Street Blues gave me an opportunity to work with an ensemble cast of people whose work I admired.

Tags: Gave, Work  ✍ Author: Steven Bochco

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

Tags: Home, Within  ✍ Author: Sissela Bok

But of course it's different now, the blues is no longer blues, it's green now.

Tags: Green, Longer  ✍ Author: Ruth Brown

Blues was made for the recessed.

 ✍ Author: Eric Burdon

The basis of everything that I plugged into when I was younger was blues, and it always stayed with me.

Tags: Basis, Younger  ✍ Author: Eric Burdon

To me, Sabbath was always JUSt a really heavy blues band. That s all we were. We just took those blues roots and made them heavier.

Tags: Band, Took  ✍ Author: Geezer Butler

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.

Tags: Enough, Point  ✍ Author: Paul Butterfield

I was real into Devo, Pavement, Captain Beefheart, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Tags: Captain, Real  ✍ Author: Patrick Carney

Go ahead and play the blues if it'll make you happy.

Tags: Happy  ✍ Author: Dan Castellaneta

The blues is instilled in every musical cell that floats around your body.

Tags: Body, Musical  ✍ Author: Nick Cave

I am, and always will be, a blues guitarist.

Tags: Guitarist  ✍ Author: Eric Clapton

Growing up, I listened to a lot of jazz and blues records - John Coltrane and Etta James. I was also really into Radiohead and the BeeGees.

Tags: Growing, Jazz  ✍ Author: Alex Clare

For a black male, the sound of the blues is pre-Civil Rights. It's oppression.

Tags: Black, Rights  ✍ Author: Gary Clark, Jr.

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

Tags: Obsessed  ✍ Author: Monique Coleman

All the blues greats took chances and developed their own style. They didn't copy.

Tags: Style, Took  ✍ Author: Robert Cray

Lorne finally said, Do the Blues Brothers thing. The response was amazing. People went nuts.

Tags: Amazing, Said  ✍ Author: Steve Cropper

I like blue a lot, and greens. Earthy blues and greens.

Tags: Blue, Greens  ✍ Author: Lee DeWyze

I not only played and sang blues, but I also had to toss the piano around a bit to amuse the patrons.

Tags: Bit, Played  ✍ Author: Hope Emerson

My template for most songs is 'Is this inspiring?' and with the blues it so often is.

Tags: Often, Songs  ✍ Author: Mick Fleetwood

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

Tags: Understand, Working  ✍ Author: Barry Gibb

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

Tags: Anyone, Big  ✍ Author: Maurice Gibb

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

Tags: Balance, Records  ✍ Author: Maurice Gibb

Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.

Tags: Fear, Feeling  ✍ Author: Billy Gibbons

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.

Tags: Road, Sea  ✍ Author: Billy Gibbons

The blues is life itself.

Tags: Life  ✍ Author: Billy Gibbons

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.

Tags: Music, Rock  ✍ Author: Michael Giles

Yes, there's a lot of the blues in my playing.

Tags: Playing, Yes  ✍ Author: David Gilmour

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

Tags: Hang, Might  ✍ Author: Dexter Gordon

Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.

Tags: Time, Winter  ✍ Author: Justin Guarini

When I think of music, I think of music in its totality, complete. From the lowest blues to the highest symphony, you know, so what I'd like to do is exemplify each style of as many periods as I can possibly do.

Tags: Music, Style  ✍ Author: Donny Hathaway

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.

Tags: Hold, Try  ✍ Author: John Lee Hooker

You can go to Europe, and there's no turnin' back - any parts of Europe. Wherever you are, there is no stop and go for the blues. The blues go but it don't stop.

Tags: Europe, Stop  ✍ Author: John Lee Hooker

The way Will Moore taught me, and the way I play it, the blues is just something different.

Tags: Moore, Taught  ✍ Author: John Lee Hooker

Well, I don't know how they define that. But they have this Texas blues thing blown kinda out of proportion. I am a Long John Hunter blues, before and after, that's what I am.

Tags: After, Texas  ✍ Author: Jeffrey Hunter

I've never been an all-black girl. I like pinks and blues and greens. If you come over to my closet, you'll be able to find a rainbow of things to wear.

Tags: Able, Girl  ✍ Author: Carly Rae Jepsen

With my little band, I did everything they did with a big band. I made the blues jump.

Tags: Band, Big  ✍ Author: Louis Jordan

But what I like to sing mostly is blues and cabaret style.

Tags: Sing, Style  ✍ Author: Moira Kelly

I call myself a blues singer, but you ain't never heard me call myself a blues guitar man.

Tags: Call, Guitar  ✍ Author: B. B. King

If you want to be a good blues singer, people are going to be down on you, so dress like you're going to the bank to borrow money.

Tags: Good, Money  ✍ Author: B. B. King

Most people say, 'Well, Earl, you sing the blues,' or however they want to categorize it. I just sing songs.

Tags: Sing, Songs  ✍ Author: Earl King

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.

Tags: Another, Rather  ✍ Author: 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.

Tags: Across, Wanted  ✍ Author: Alexis Korner

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

Tags: American, Movement  ✍ Author: Alexis Korner

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

Tags: Sad, Songs  ✍ Author: Bob Livingston

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

Tags: Forward, Here  ✍ Author: Jonah Lomu

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

 ✍ Author: Herbie Mann

I believe in blues, and I believe that it's been misrepresented.

 ✍ Author: John Mayer

I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock.

Tags: Guitar, Wanted  ✍ Author: John Mayer

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

Tags: Music, Plain  ✍ Author: Brownie McGhee

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

Tags: Christian, Family  ✍ Author: Jay McShann

I still like to play the blues more than anything else.

Tags: Else  ✍ Author: Christine McVie

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

Tags: Hendrix, Loved  ✍ Author: Claude Monet

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.

Tags: Started, Thought  ✍ Author: Van Morrison

Hearing the blues changed my life.

Tags: Changed, Life  ✍ Author: Van Morrison

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.

Tags: Dad, Rock  ✍ Author: Haley Reinhart

You know, the BBC had not been particularly generous in its deliverance of blues and esoteric kinds of music.

Tags: Kinds, Music  ✍ Author: Keith Richards

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

Tags: Incredible, Players  ✍ Author: Johnny Rivers

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