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Son of a Bluesman is a family affair for vocalist, guitarist, and B3 player Lucky Peterson. He's indeed the son of a bluesman, but his wife and daughter also join him here on backup vocals, as do his working band, a horn section, and a few more backing singers. Album standouts include the searing “Nana Jarnell” (a tribute to his mother and mother-in-law), the autobiographical “Blues in My Blood,” and the title track. A onetime child prodigy on keyboard, Peterson celebrates his past with the B3 organ–driven rave-up “You Lucky Dog,” and with the piano on the aptly named “Boogie-Woogie Blues Joint Party.” His last studio effort, You Can Always Turn Around, emphasized delta blues; he returns to that on “Joy,” with help from his wife in a vocal duet. While the mid-album version of “I’m Still Here” stays closer to electric blues, the closer is straight gospel. Looking back, looking to heaven above, and looking to his family, Lucky Peterson sounds truly happy to be here. It makes for a very fine blues celebration.


Born: December 13, 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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