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Otis Rush

Rush at the Notodden Blues Festival,
Norway, 1997
Background information
Birth name Otis Rush
Born (1935-04-29) April 29, 1935 (age 81)
Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Blues, Chicago blues, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1956–2004
Labels Cobra, Chess, Duke, Vanguard, Cotillion, Bullfrog, Black & Blue, Delmark, Sonet, Blind Pig, This Way Up, House of Blues
Website Otisrush.net
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-355
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Jaguar

I didn't know Albert back then – I just learned to play that way. He and I were the only guys that played left-handed. Then left-handed people came from every direction.
Otis Rush
A guy will promise you the world and give you nothin', and that's the blues.
Otis Rush
I was staying with my sister and messing around with the guitar every day for my own amusement. Then she took me around and introduced me to Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and the first time I saw that onstage, it inspired me to play. I thought that was the world.
Otis Rush
I used to listen to country and western and blues, John Lee Hooker, spirituals, the Bluegrass Boys, and Eddie Arnold. There was a radio station that come on everyday with country, spirituals, and the blues.
Otis Rush
I used to just sign papers and not pay no attention to what I'm signing.
Otis Rush
I picked all the tunes before I went to Memphis, and the band was all set. Willie Mitchell is an arranger like I am, and he let me do what I had to do.
Otis Rush
Them pains, when blues pains grab you, you'll sing the blues right.
Oh, I was working occasionally in and out of New York.
Nobody can tell you how the blues feel unless they have the blues. We all take it differently.
Otis Rush
I'll sit around and play my guitar; that's how I write tunes.