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Music Quotes

We keep a database of awesome hand-picked quotes from a variety of authors, musicians, and key people about music, soul, jazz, musicianship, guitars and all things music! Every order you receive from our shop, find a fun new music quote on the bottom of your packing slip! Below are some of our favorites.

I'd rather hear some blues or funky old soul
- Bob Seger
I like singing blues — these free, long blues trips where there's no specific beginning or end.
- Jim Morrison, The Doors
The first guitarist I was aware of was Muddy Waters. I heard one of his old records when I was a little boy and it scared me to death
- Jimi Hendrix
When I was down in Mississippi, there was just three things I wanted to be - a heck of a preacher, a heck of a ball player or a heck of a musician.
- Muddy Waters
I gave you seven children and now you wanna give 'em back.
- B.B. King
Bring me champagne when I'm thirsty, bring me reefer when I want to get high.
- Muddy Waters
We used to drive through Lafayette and Baton Rouge in a yellow Camino listening to Howling Wolf
- Lucinda Williams
Curtis Loew was the finest picker to ever play the blues
- Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Ballad of Curtis Lowe
I been in the blues all my life. I'm still delivering 'cause I got a long memory.
- Muddy Waters
Roots Music is where I dwell.
- Luther Dickinson
I used to be sort of like a blues singer...
- Janis Joplin
I jump 'em from other writers, but I arrange 'em my own way.
- Blind Willie McTell
We have a history that needs to be told.
- Mavis Staples
I wonder whether anything since then has been as good.
- Alan Lomax on Fred McDowell's "Shake 'Em On Down"
Ladies and gentlemen, the person that's going to come up now has a limited amount of time ... His name is Bob Dylan.
- Peter Yarrow, Newport Folk Festival 1965
If you don't know the blues, there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
- Keith Richards
You can sing the blues in church if you use the words right.
- Son House
If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'
- John Lennon
Listen to the blues they're playin', listen to what the blues are sayin...
- Willie Nelson, Night Life
Don't ever do a song as you heard somebody else do it.
- Otis Redding