It's a great relationship when you can work with the person who you consider to be your soul mate.
There was nobody at the time who was playing slide guitar like Johnny, and nobody, or no white guys at least, that was playing country blues like that on the acoustic guitar. And it was at that point that I realized what Johnny had to offer.
Rock and roll hoochie koo, lawdy mama, light my fuse.
So, after awhile, you can only get so much happiness from a guy who's drunk come up and tell you you're great.
I just really longed to do music that reflected me as an adult and music that I thought was for other adults.
I started The McCoys in 1962, so I'm approaching my 40th year in the entertainment business.
I wanted to play some more grown-up music - jazz.
I was almost kind of trapped by my own success into only doing rock.
And what makes me happy now has changed as well... Its one thing to play in a bar or at a biker festival, and hear a guy who's been drinking beer all day come up and tell you how good you are. For a long time in your life that will make you happy.
I know some people will be surprised to hear it, but I've found that my music, whether its blues or rock, or whatever you want to call it, can be channeled into a positive direction that actually helps people.
Because I was successful over the years, I never had the opportunity to do the stuff I really wanted.
My family is involved and my wife Brenda is a great, great writer. She helps me with the writing of everything and also sings with me. I owe a lot to Brenda.
If my musical tastes are continuing to grow up, and I am not really too interested in the music that my kids listen to, then I assume that the audience is doing the same.
This Classic Rock 'n Blues Tour / Hippiefest roster promises a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the best, legendary artists of our lifetime. I can't wait to be a part of it.
I took the rhythm place, which a lot of people didn't know how to do the way I could, and this was really the first time that Johnny had a rhythm guitar player.
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