Interview from “Living Blues” Magazine (1994)
Was there anybody that influenced the way you sang, or that you listened to and tried to pick up things from?
“Well, Muddy had one of those, what you call a blues voice. He had a true, clean blues voice. Yeah, the original Sonny Boy. And I liked some things that Rice Miller did. I liked Elmore James and Johnnie Jones. Oh, and especially Tampa Red and Big Maceo.
And, you know, me and Magic Sam, we went to grammar school together. Drake’s grammar school down on 26th and Calumet. There’s so many artists that I’ve had so much respect for.
And Earl Hooker was one of the most incredible guitar players that I ever met, because you know, he could do more with a guitar than a monkey could with a coconut, as far as I was concerned.
I hadn’t never seen nobody just be playin’ a guitar, and break a string, and keep on playin’ the guitar and string it at the same time. [Imitates Hooker]: “It ain’t...it ain’t...no thing.” When Buddy [Guy] saw him do it, Buddy said, “My God!” - Junior Wells