I think if it wasn’t for the blues, there wouldn’t be no jazz.
I just naturally started to play music. My whole family played-my daddy played, my mother played. My daddy played bass, my cousin played banjo, guitar and mandolin. We played at root beer stands, like the .Drive-ins they have now, making $2.50 a night, and we had a cigar box for the kitty that we passed around, sometimes making fifty or sixty dollars a night. Of course we didn’t get none of it, we kids.
I was called “T-Bow” but the people got it mixed up with “T-Bone.” My name is Aaron Walker but “T-Bone” is catchy, people remember it. My auntie gave it to me when I was a kid. Mother’s mother was a Cherokee Indian full blooded. There were sixteen girls and two boys in my mother’s family, all dead but two.