Quotes from Luther Allison
"And I can do the rock clubs if I have to."
"At the time, I put myself in the same category as Jimi Hendrix - and actually, early on up the ladder I was compared to him."
"B.B. King's maybe been our savior for a long time, but I'm not sure that he's gone as far as Buddy Guy has to do that."
"Before I left, I opened a lot of doors for a lot of people to play the blues."
"Buddy Guy finally got a break and made it. And Buddy Guy deserves it."
"But I did that, and I created another blues scene, another something I can sing about."
"But I never had that commercial opportunity to be played on the radio, so how could I be popular?"
"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 my big thing was always the blues."
"But there was not a job that could say that Luther Allison didn't do his job."
"But you know, I still had a dream of being able to go back home and tour."
"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."
"I don't want to be in some big beautiful place that nobody want me, because I play the blues."
"I focused on how these people became how they were."
"I had the qualifications, but I was not chosen."
"I have a lot of energy I don't waste now, wonderin' and worryin', goin' here and doin' that, tryin' to see what would happen."
"I have as much input to the blues; I just never got the chance, the opportunity or maybe the respect."
"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 mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me, and I'm workin' and they're not."
"I think I'm the most positive guy still going in my generation, and I'm out there to prove that."
"I want people to recognize Luther Allison when I play."
"I want to play in a place people want to hear me."
"I went from a champion... it became very hard in the beginning, because I gave up everything in the States, to take this chance."
"I went in '76, '78, '79, and I met people there who believed and knew a lot more about Luther Allison than the people in the States."
"I've been waiting for that bright sunshine to show up and shine in my back door someday."
"In the blues, it just takes so long for us to get recognized."
"In the States, it takes you a lifetime just to get from Chicago's South Side to the West Side."
"It's sad that everybody can't be a success, you know? It's too bad, 'cause there are so many who are just as talented as I am."
"Me being a skinny guy, I could crawl into the steel pit."
"So I cut out all the drinkin' and hangin' out and stuff like that early on."
"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."
"We fell into the lap of those blues artists - like Little Walter and Freddie King - and we found ourself a little city of love."
"We played the same thing in Europe we played in the States."
"Well, I first started going to Europe in the late '70s."
"Well, I've had to deal with everything in my life... leavin' the family, learnin' what not and what to do."
"What I want to do, is play music for somebody who believe in me."
"When I got to Chicago I had to find my way."
Total Quotes: 37
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