Question: I wonder if you'd tell me, if
you can remember, ah when it was that you made that blues, Muddy
Answer: I made that Blue up in '38.
Question: Remember the time, the year,
Answer: I made it up 'bout the 8th of
October in '38.
Question: Do you remember where you were
when you were doin' your singin'? No, I mean, how it happened? No, I
mean, where you were sittin', what you were thinkin' about?
Answer: Thinkin' a punchin' on my car.
And I'd been mistreated by a girl and it just looked like it run in
my mind to sing that song.
Question: Tell me the, tell me a little
of the story of it, if you don't mind? I mean if it's not too
personal, I mean I wanna know the facts on how you felt and why you
felt the way you did, that's a very beautiful song.
Answer: Well, I just felt blue, an the
song came into my mind an come to me just like that song and I start
to singin' an went on.
Question: Well, when you ah, do you, do
you, know is that tune, the tune from any other blues that you
Answer: Well, yes, it's been some blues
played like that.
Question: What, what tune, other blues
do you remember, are like that same tune?
Answer: Well, this song come from the
cottonfield and the boy went, put the record out, Robert Young, he
put it out, Walking Blues.
Question: What was the title he put it
Answer: He put it out, on as "Man
Question: Uh-huh, did you know the tune
before you heard it on the record?
Answer: Yes, sir, I knew the tune before
I heard it on the record.
Question: Uh-huh, who'd you learn it
Answer: I learn it from Son House.
Question: Son House, who's that?
Answer: That's a boy, pick a guitar and
I don't ...(inaudible)
Question: Oh, and how old, how old is
Answer: Ah, I'm not even sure his age,
he's about forty-two
Question: Did you know Johnson,
Answer: Robert Johnson? No, I didn't
know him, personally
Question: Is a, is a, House a better
player than Johnson is, you think?
Answer: I think they both 'bout
Question: Uh-huh, well ah, how did it
come to first that you wanted to play the guitar? Why did you decide
that you gonna?
Answer: I just loved the music and saw
Son singin' an playin' and I just wanted to do it an I took after
Question: Well, about how much have you
practiced? How many hours when you were first pickin' it up, how long
did you have to play everyday to learn how to play?
Answer: An hour and a half to two
Question: Uh-huh, everyday?
Question: Uh-huh, you remember what the
first piece you ever tried to learn was?
Answer: First piece I ever tried to
learn was, How Long (Blues) whatever you wanna call it.
Question: Uh-huh, did you learn that
from a record or from seein' it?
Answer: I learned that from the
Question: How would you do? How would
you learn that song?
Answer: We just heard the song, ya know,
put out, ah, Leroy Carr (?) put it out.
Question: Would you sit down with the
record and play a little of it and then try and play it?
Answer: I just got the song in my ear
and then went on and just tried to play it.
Question: Well, how did you learn how to
play with this bottle?
Answer: Picked that up from Son
Question: Uh-huh, what do you call
Answer: Just a bottle-neck. I call it a
Question: You call it a slide?
Question: Wear on your little
Question: And how do you have that
guitar tuned? What's the name of that tuning?
Answer: Spanish (strums guitar)
Question: Do you know any other ways to
tune the guitar than that?
Answer: Well, I know the natural. Show
you the natural.
Question: Do you have another tuning, ah
Answer: Yes sir, I have another
Question: What's the name of that other
Answer: That's just straight E, yes
Question: Straight E? Do you have
another name for a straight E?
Answer: Another song for a straight
Question: No, I mean no is there any
other name for that tuning than straight E?
Answer: Well, we call it, we call it, a
Question: Uh-huh, well can you play that
other Country Blues that you played there then while ago that fast
Question: In this same tune here?
Question: Well, just a minute, I'll tell
you when I'm ready