Heart of Pain

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lucky Peterson's journey through the blues has been a long and labyrinthine one. A child prodigy, he scored his first hit at the age of six, appeared on both The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, and was a longtime member of Bobby "Blue" Bland's traveling and recording band before he got his own shot as a leader in the '80s. He's a notable guitarist who also plays a hell of a piano and a Hammond B-3, is a fine vocalist and arranger. He's recorded jazz and gospel albums -- he collaborated with Mavis Staples on the excellent Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson. Heart of Pain is a return to mostly contemporary Chicago-style blues, on which Peterson plays ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lucky Peterson's journey through the blues has been a long and labyrinthine one. A child prodigy, he scored his first hit at the age of six, appeared on both The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, and was a longtime member of Bobby "Blue" Bland's traveling and recording band before he got his own shot as a leader in the '80s. He's a notable guitarist who also plays a hell of a piano and a Hammond B-3, is a fine vocalist and arranger. He's recorded jazz and gospel albums -- he collaborated with Mavis Staples on the excellent Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson. Heart of Pain is a return to mostly contemporary Chicago-style blues, on which Peterson plays lead guitar, keyboards, and sings. He is backed by his current road band and a three-piece horn section. Heart of Pain is his third recording for Great Britain's JSP imprint, and quite solid. It contains 11 tracks of old-school Chicago blues beginning with a rollicking reading of John Steadman's and Steve Washington's "Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire" they wrote the majority of the tunes here. The I-IV-V progression features a killer piano break from Peterson. The title track highlights Peterson's guitar muscle with a deeply soulful vocal. There is a slick gospel number on the set called "He's the Answer," penned with his sister, Tamara, who offers a fine duet performance. Another roadhouse rocker is the stellar "I Will Survive," with its punchy horns, B-3, and stinging guitar fills. There's a strutting piano workout called "Lucky's 88" and the set closes with the funky "I Won't Be Found," featuring a swaggering horn chart. In sum, this is a great place to catch Peterson at what he does best, and yet another chapter in his blues sojourn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065882426
  • Catalog Number: 8824
  • Sales rank: 117,115

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucky Peterson Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Jim Exum Horn
Ira Bassett Horn
Tamara Peterson Vocals
Bill Eden Horn
Ricky Rigsby Bass
Jerome Louden Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Lucky Peterson Composer
Jimmy Ellis Composer
John Stedman Composer, Liner Notes
Martin Atkinson Mastering
Tamara Peterson Composer
Steve Washington Composer, Producer
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