Got My Mojo Work­ing

Billy, Fabrizio, Kenny, Serge and Kris on their ul­ti­mate blues he­roes...

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Billy: “Hound Dog Taylor was off the chart! His band were like a punk group, they just didn’t care and there were no rules. I read a re­ally good piece about them re­cently, where the writer said, ‘Just think­ing about the word blues gives me a headache… if I see one more band with baggy suits, big mi­cro­phones and funny hats, I’ll lose my mind – give me Hound Dog Taylor on his worst night and that will be bet­ter than any­one!’ And I com­pletely agreed.” Kris: “Ob­vi­ously, there are all the older guys like Robert John­son who started it all off, but Gary Moore was my first proper in­tro­duc­tion to the blues. I started play­ing at five or six years old be­cause my dad was a gui­tar player and I had ac­cess to his records. We had this VHS tape of Gary do­ing Stormy­mon­day in Lon­don and it hit me in­stantly. I was six years old and I needed to find out more about what I was hear­ing.”

Kenny: “Grow­ing up, all the south­ern rock stuff like ZZ Top and All­man Broth­ers was huge for me… I ac­tu­ally had a band grow­ing up where all we did was All­man Broth­ers cov­ers! Duane was in­cred­i­ble, though to be hon­est, in my eyes it’s all the real deal. I’ve played with BB King, Buddy Guy and so many other greats... it’s amaz­ing how many dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of the blues you can find out there.” Serge: “Like Kris, Gary Moore had a mas­sive in­flu­ence on me. But most of all, I think Jimmy Page in Led Zep­pelin had a huge ef­fect. Sure, it was more of a rock thing, but there’s so much blues in that early stuff.”

Fabrizio: “I don’t think any­one else out there rep­re­sents the tra­di­tional folk el­e­ment of the blues as well as Hu­bert Sum­lin. He was the con­junc­tion be­tween what­ever was be­fore Robert John­son to the three Kings to Hen­drix – and then look at ev­ery­thing that hap­pened af­ter­wards. With­out Hu­bert, there would be no Hen­drix and with­out Hen­drix, things would have been very dif­fer­ent.”


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