As one walks the aisles there is treasure to uncover at every turn, whether it’s an old Junior Wells vinyl LP, or a Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie CD.
“I’m seeing people struggling, even one that left the hospital. How crazy is that, to see people leave the hospital because they can’t afford to be there?”
The musicians we’ve got are the highest quality. We get the guys that I’ve come up listening to.
I heard somebody ask John Lee Hooker, ‘How do you feel, now that you have reached where you are, making money and stuff?’ He said, ‘All good, but hell, I can’t do a damn thing with it now, I’m too old!’
“I put my heart into this, that’s all I can say. I can also say, it’s my life. It really is. It’s my soul, I feel it. I feel young, I love what I do.”
Billy Flynn is a legend. He is an icon of the Chicago blues scene, and an example of what persistence, dedication, and selflessness can achieve.
Oscar Wilson loves the blues. No, he really loves the blues. When he sings the blues, it’s not his job, it’s who he is.
You gotta do it for the love of it first. It’s not a money making thing. It’s just, you gotta keep it alive, and I’m trying any way I can man.
In 1982, Willie thought it was necessary to start a foundation, allowing people to know that it was import to keep your own publishing. He started the foundation (Blues Heaven Foundation) to alert people how important it was to learn about how important is was to create a publishing company of your own.
To me, blues is old, but it’s new. Know why I say that? Because when I get up there and do what I do, it’s something different, to people. It’s old, it’s different, because they’re used to hearing all this loud music, fast notes. What I’m doing is just quiet, simple, and comfortable.