It’s very difficult to explain the effect the blues record I heard had on me, except to say that I recognized it immediately. It was as if I were being reintroduced to something that I already knew, maybe from another, earlier life. For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall. This was the feeling I had when I first heard the Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee song on Uncle Mac, and the same thing happened when I first heard Big Bill Broonzy.
(Clapton: The Autobiography is published by Broadway Books, 2007.)
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To be primitatively soothed by a short video of Big Bill Broonzy playing “Hey Hey,” click here.