Son of a Bluesman

The Son of a Bluesman

by Lucky Peterson
     
 
Lucky Peterson's father was blues guitarist and singer James Peterson, a well-known regional musician who also owned the Governor's Inn, a premier blues nightclub in Buffalo, New York, which means Peterson grew up around his father's friends, who just happened to be touring and recording musicians like Jimmy Reed

Overview

Lucky Peterson's father was blues guitarist and singer James Peterson, a well-known regional musician who also owned the Governor's Inn, a premier blues nightclub in Buffalo, New York, which means Peterson grew up around his father's friends, who just happened to be touring and recording musicians like Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, and Bill Doggett, and he learned from all of them. He became fascinated with the Hammond B-3 organ as a young child, and by the time he was five, he'd proved to be a prodigy on it. Mentored by another of his father's friends, the great songwriter, bassist, arranger, and producer Willie Dixon, Peterson was still only five when he scored an R&B hit with the Dixon-produced "1-2-3-4," the novelty of it all landing him appearances on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and others, and his debut album appeared in 1969. But Peterson had an exploratory nature, and while he could have had quite a career as a keyboard player, he picked up the guitar at the age of eight, and by the time he was a teen, he had developed an emotionally searing guitar style. He could have relaunched his career then, but instead he attended the Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts, and went out on the road as part of the touring bands of Etta James and Otis Rush, spent three years as Little Milton's keyboardist, another three years in Bobby "Blue" Bland's band, and backed jazz stars like Hank Crawford and Abbey Lincoln. He learned blues, jazz, soul, R&B, funk, and gospel, and by the time he made his re-debut as a bandleader with the Bob Greenlee-produced Lucky Strikes! in 1989, Peterson was a triple-threat multi-instrumentalist who managed to fuse R&B, jazz, gospel, funk, and rock with the blues. All of this leads up to this very personal and semi-autobiographical set, and his 18th album as a bandleader. The Son of a Bluesman, aside from being another fine set of Peterson's joyous fusion blues, is also the first of his albums that he has produced himself, and it has a warm, career-summing kind of feel to it. The title track, "The Son of a Bluesman," and the two different versions of the gospel-themed "I'm Still Here," give this album a personal and retrospective feel, as does the striking, and even silly "Joy," a straight-up family home recording featuring a rap interlude. But perhaps the best and most poignant track on an album full of standouts is the lovely instrumental "Nana Jarnell," dedicated to both Peterson's mother and his wife's mother, musician, singer, and songwriter Tamara Stovall-Peterson. Peterson's guitar lead on the track is a marvel of crying, elegantly balanced phrasing, almost horn-like or vocal-like, and it speaks and sings like the marvel it is. This is perhaps Peterson's most well-rounded and personal album yet, and it coheres in a wonderful arc, capturing the blues as an ever-flowing, joyous, and ultimately uplifting thing.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2014
Label:
Jazz Village
UPC:
3149027002820
catalogNumber:
570035
Rank:
13523

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucky Peterson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Shawn Kellerman   Guitar
Raul Valdes   Drums
Chris Curiel   Trumpet
Tamara Peterson   Background Vocals
Bill Eden   Saxophone
Lashonda Reese   Background Vocals
Gregg Smith   Vocals
Calvin Sexton   Trombone
Bahiyyahn Stovall Moss   Background Vocals
Corey Layton   Talking
Faith Jefferson Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Timothy Waites   Bass
Remon Hearn   Keyboards,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Composer
Lucky Peterson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Butch Bonner   Composer
Dorinda Clark-Cole   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Shawn Kellerman   Arranger,Producer
Tamara Peterson   Arranger,Composer
Steve Washington   Composer
Lester Christian   Composer
Catherine Vallon-Barry   Producer,Executive Producer
Seydou Barry   Producer,Executive Producer
Tim Waites   Composer
Tamaron Stovall   Composer
Gregg Smith   Composer
Lois Bedell   Composer
Joe Bedell   Composer
Diane Tucker   Composer
Larry Dee Debell   Composer

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