“When I was a kid, I’d get these packs of singles from Woolworth’s. You’d get 10 45s wrapped in a bundle. You knew what was on top and what was on the bottom, but you wouldn’t know what was inside. If I was a good kid, my mother would buy me a pack, and I’d listen to everything that was inside. In one pack was John Lee Hooker. I had no idea who he was at the time, but I liked him.
“His record Real Folk Blues is incredible. It has I’m In The Mood, which was sort of a single for him, along with The Waterfront, which was so spooky and eerie; and then there’s Stella Mae, another great one.
“The way he plays guitar is so interesting: sometimes he plays bars of two, bars of six – he’s all over the place. But the soul of his singing and guitar playing matches beautifully. This is a great record for a guitar player to listen to because you can understand how two voices fit so well. He’s not about making the notes sound perfect; it’s more about what happens behind each note. Heart and soul – this stuff really gets me.”