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Lucky Peterson: The Son Of A Bluesman

Lucky Peterson's Album The Son Of A Bluesman

Lucky Peterson calls his new album The Son of a Bluesman — as indeed he is. 

Lucky is the son of bluesman and (Buffalo nightclub owner) James Peterson. 

When only a 5-year-old, Lucky was playing a Hammond B-3 and was better-than-good enough that Willie Dixon produced a record with the prodigy. 

When that song -- "1-2-3-4" -- became an R&B hit, young Lucky was soon performing on the shows of Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson. 

While he was studying classical French horn at school, he was soon learning as generations of jazz and blues players have learned: on the road with the masters. 

Three years with Little Milton.  Three years with Bobby Bland.  And as a session player for a Who's Who of the blues: Otis Rush, Joe Louis Walker, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Etta James, Mavis Staples, and then some, including working with two fellow sons of bluesmen, Kenny Neal and Bernard Allison. 

Not to forget backing jazz stars Hank Crawford and Abbey Lincoln.  Lucky's own album for Alligator in 1998 — Lucky Strikes — catapulted him as a blues star himself.

Counting his first album — Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky PetersonThe Son of a Bluesman is Lucky's 18th album as a leader.  And, as one expects from any Lucky Peterson album nowadays, the newest album is characterized by his lightning-flashing guitar, his earth-rumbling organ, and his gospel-deep voice. 

Highlights include covers of hits by Bobby Bland ("I Pity The Fool") and Johnny Nash ("I Can See Clearly Now"). His trip on Wilson Pickett's "Funky Broadway" features a rap — Old School storytelling rap, like Lou Rawls and Ruth Brown. 

"You Lucky Dog" is a Lucky signature, a rocking instrumental that blows the roof off.  And his song "I'm Still Here" is a prayer thanking God for the joy of being enabled to play blues for almost 50 years.

    - Michael Bourne, WBGO Blues Hour and Singers Unlimited host

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