"Since I was a kid Ive had an absolute obsession with particular kinds of American music. Mississippi Delta blues of the Thirties Chicago blues of the Fifties West Coast music of the mid-Sixties - but Id never really touched on dark Americana."
"Im just lucky because my kids are grown-up - I love them very proud of them and we are in close contact as big-time friends but they dont need me that much now and I can actually enjoy this wonderful world of music."
"Its sort of a feeling of power onstage. Its really the ability to make people smile or just to turn them one way or another for that duration of time and for it to have some effect later on. I dont really think its power... its the goodness."
"I like to comprehend more or less everything around me - apart from the creation of my music. Its an obsessive character trait thats getting worse. I dont switch the light on and off 15 times before I leave the room yet but somethings going wrong."
"You cant give up something you really believe in for financial reasons. If you die by the roadside - so be it. But at least you know youve tried. Ten minutes in the music scene was the equal of one hundred years outside of it."