10 Questions for Buddy Guy

Blues guitarist and 77-year-old workaholic Buddy Guy on being broke, being revered and wearing polka dots

Erik Tanner for TIME

On your new CD, Rhythm and Blues, you sing that with the blues, you "go by feel." Is that harder now that you've won so many awards?
No. You just have to realize what you've been through and what other people have been through. I listen to people in bars. I imagine some of those people don't know nothing about music, but they're singing to me, because what they said, I've been through.

Do you look back on your childhood with fondness?
Yes, because I wasn't the only one who was sharecropping. My parents didn't know what a bank...

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