Buddy Guy Still Got The Blues
"I played music no matter what," said Guy, as he looked back on his youth. "But I didn't look to make a career out of it, because I didn't think I was good enough. I played the guitar because of the love of music. I didn't see me making a decent living out of playing the guitar. I'm seventy-four-years-old now. Once, when I was fifteen-years-old, you couldn't reach out there and find a guitar player doing well like it is today, where some of these guitar players making millions of dollars. Wasn't no such thing as that."
He continued, "You look at Arthur Crudup and Lightnin' Hopkins and those fellas like T-Bone Walker: they was the ones who were playing the blues music then, and I imagine they would make enough to buy a bottle of wine or maybe get a hamburger or something like that, but they weren't going to no banks or nothing like that. I had the pleasure of meeting Lonnie Johnson – I didn't meet Robert Johnson – but I met Fred McDowell, Son House and those people like that, and I met them before they passed away, and they were just down in Mississippi playing for a drink on a weekend – what they call a Saturday Night Fish Fry. I'm like saying I want to do that, because that's what I wanted to do. I didn't say one day I'd be talking to you and making a decent living out of playing my guitar." more on this story
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