I look in music magazines now and see things on Luther Allison, and my name's getting out there more, thanks to all the good people at Alligator Records and at my management company.
I've been waiting for that bright sunshine to show up and shine in my back door someday.
In the States, it takes you a lifetime just to get from Chicago's South Side to the West Side.
Well, I first started going to Europe in the late '70s.
But let's face it, I still have to look at my self and look at the things I've done down the stretch.
But there was not a job that could say that Luther Allison didn't do his job.
I want people to recognize Luther Allison when I play.
Coming from the cotton plantation, the southern regions, I was brought up with real nice kids, mannered kids, who would go to church on Sunday.
Buddy Guy finally got a break and made it. And Buddy Guy deserves it.
Jonny Lang has the power to move the music into the next millennium by reaching the ears of a new generation. The great musicians have the power to break all of the 'isms'-race, age, sex, et cetera. Jonny Lang is one of those musicians.
Well, I've had to deal with everything in my life... leavin' the family, learnin' what not and what to do.
And I can do the rock clubs if I have to.
I want to play in a place people want to hear me.
Leave your ego, play the music, love the people.
When I got to Chicago I had to find my way.
But you know, I still had a dream of being able to go back home and tour.
I mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me, and I'm workin' and they're not.
But I never had that commercial opportunity to be played on the radio, so how could I be popular?
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.
I have as much input to the blues; I just never got the chance, the opportunity or maybe the respect.
But my big thing was always the blues.
Before I left, I opened a lot of doors for a lot of people to play the blues.
I don't want to be in some big beautiful place that nobody want me, because I play the blues.
I think I'm the most positive guy still going in my generation, and I'm out there to prove that.
In the blues, it just takes so long for us to get recognized.
Me being a skinny guy, I could crawl into the steel pit.
What I want to do, is play music for somebody who believe in me.