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Peterson began to get a grip on the fundamentals of songwriting and fronting a band with this 1983 release, his third solo album. He and bassist Bob Greenlee wrote or co-wrote all nine tunes, which fall into the usual categories of shuffles ("Can't Get No Loving on the Telephone"), up-tempo boogies ("Lucky Strikes"), and slow grinds (the guitar workout "She Spread Her Wings"). It would take the guitarist/organist/singer a few more years to choose more capable sidemen, and another two decades to develop his own commanding style, but his chops and knack for stretching the syllables of his lyrics are already intact on this fairly generic set of Chicago blues.


Born: 13 December 1964 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Child prodigy status is sometimes difficult to overcome upon reaching maturity. Not so for Lucky Peterson; he grew bigger (in more ways than one) on the contemporary blues circuit than he was at the precocious age of six, when he scored a national R&B hit with the Willie Dixon-produced "1-2-3-4." Little Lucky Peterson was lucky to be born into a musical family. His dad, James Peterson, owned the Governor's Inn, a popular Buffalo, New York nightclub that booked the big names of the blues: Jimmy Reed,...
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