September 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Big Bill Broonzy

“I worked on levee camps, extra gangs, road camps and rock quarries and every place, and I hear guys singing uh-hmmmm this and mmmmm that, and I want to get the thing plainly that the blues is something that’s from the heart — I know that, and whensoever you hear fellows singing the blues — I always believed it was a really heart thing, from his heart, you know, and it was expressing his feeling about how he felt to the people.”  —  Big Bill Broonzy

“We’re blues people. And blues never lets tragedy have the last word.”  —  Wynton Marsalis

“I fancied I could smell the Mississippi, which for me is southern America in a liquid form, signifying fried catfish, roasting ears dipped in butter, and watermelon in the cool of the evening, washed down with corn liquor and accompanied by the blues.”  —  Alan Lomax

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