Derek Trucks is one of my favorite guitarists out working today in his band formed with his wife, Susan Tedeschi- Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Tenor Saxophone, or the Sarangi (an indian cello-like instrument).
You'll never make it.
My first big concert was a double bill, Kiss and Aerosmith at the Pavilion (at that time the journal pavilion).
New Orleans, no question.
Surround yourself with like minded people striving for greatness. Even if that means moving to a city with a scene, because who you surround yourself with influences the person you are.
Painters, the way they use their techniques and colors to elicit not just the image of what they are portraying, but the emotions they want to convey to the viewer/listener.