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But you know, I still had a dream of being able to go back home and tour.
– Luther Allison
But I did that, and I created another blues scene, another something I can sing about.
We played the same thing in Europe we played in the States.
Well, I’ve had to deal with everything in my life… leavin’ the family, learnin’ what not and what to do.
Buddy Guy finally got a break and made it. And Buddy Guy deserves it.
What I want to do, is play music for somebody who believe in me.
Me being a skinny guy, I could crawl into the steel pit.
The blues is the foundation, and it’s got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock ‘n’ roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues.
But there was not a job that could say that Luther Allison didn’t do his job.
In the blues, it just takes so long for us to get recognized.
Well, I first started going to Europe in the late ’70s.
But let’s face it, I still have to look at my self and look at the things I’ve done down the stretch.
I focused on how these people became how they were.
But my big thing was always the blues.
I look in music magazines now and see things on Luther Allison, and my name’s getting out there more, thanks to all the good people at Alligator Records and at my management company.
I don’t want to be in some big beautiful place that nobody want me, because I play the blues.
In the States, it takes you a lifetime just to get from Chicago’s South Side to the West Side.
So I cut out all the drinkin’ and hangin’ out and stuff like that early on.
I want people to recognize Luther Allison when I play.
I have as much input to the blues; I just never got the chance, the opportunity or maybe the respect.
I mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me, and I’m workin’ and they’re not.
And I can do the rock clubs if I have to.
I think I’m the most positive guy still going in my generation, and I’m out there to prove that.
I want to play in a place people want to hear me.
Before I left, I opened a lot of doors for a lot of people to play the blues.
I’ve been waiting for that bright sunshine to show up and shine in my back door someday.