The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
And as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.
Music is good for everybody. They say it soothes the savage beast. Well, I think theirs a beast in all of us. So let’s get some more music and soothe all the beasts out there.
A day that I don’t learn something new is a wasted day.
God made Blues right after he made woman.
The blues are three L’s – living , loving and hopefully, laughing.
We are here because there are things that need our help. Like the planet. Like each other. Like animals. The world is like a garden, and we are its protectors.
You only live but once, and when your died your done, so let the good times roll.
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.
Playing guitar is like telling the truth.
A guitar is like an old friend that is there with me.
The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn’t know how other people would take it.
Playing the guitar is like telling the truth – you never have to worry about repeating the same [lie] if you told the truth. You don’t have to pretend, or cover up. If someone asks you again, you don’t have to think about it or worry about it because there it is. It’s you.
The Blues? It’s the mother of American music. That’s what is is – the source.
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die to get there!
Education is the one thing that no one can take from you.
There’s a sadness to all kinds of music if you want to hear it. There’s also happiness to it if you want to hear it.
I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions.
Notes are expensive… spend them wisely
Nobody loves me but my mother, And she could be jivin’ too.
The blues was bleeding the same blood as me.
I don’t think it’s meant for man to know everything at once.
I look at an audience kind of like meeting my in-laws for the first time. You want to be yourself, but you still want to be somebody that they like. When I go on the stage each night, I try my best to outguess my audience.
Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.
I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra’s. I was a tremendous fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.