It’s one thing to play a Muddy Waters song. It’s another thing to play with him.
Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life.
Everybody starts by imitating their heroes. For me it was Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.
I'd play whenever I could get my hands on an electric guitar; I was trying to pick up rock'n'roll riffs and electric blues-the latest Muddy Waters. I'd spend hours and hours on the same track, back again, and back again.
It made me sick - my name's Keith Richards. It hardly makes it against Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters, does it? On my first guitar I had Boy Blue written - just pathetic. But that was as good as I got at the time.
What Muddy Waters did for us is what we should do for others. It's the old thing, what you want written on your tombstone as a musician; HE PASSED IT ON.
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