In an interview by NPR, legendary guitarist Buddy Guy discusses his latest album, his everlasting love for the genre, and his fear of it’s endangerment.

“A love letter, a text letter, whatever kind of letter you wanna call it, I hope you’re right so someone can say, ‘Well, maybe this music isn’t as bad as I thought it was.’ It’s worth listening to. A lot of people look at blues and think it’s a sad music. If you listen to the lyrics of the blues, if it don’t hit you, it hits someone you know. And we sang about the good and bad times, so you can’t say it’s all bad.”

Guy, who closed out the Blues Tent at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Fest, compared the blues to gumbo:

“If you never tasted it, you wouldn’t love it. That’s what’s happening with the blues. Now, the young people don’t know nothing about it unless — I know satellite [radio] do play blues, but we need more than that. I tell everybody I would love to hear Muddy Waters twice a week. I’m not telling you to play him all day, all night; just play him. Let the young people know where it all started.”

Click the video above to hear a song from the album, entitled “Thick Like Mississipi Mud”. You can hear the entire interview from NPR’s “Morning View” by clicking here!

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