Lucky Peterson – Long Nights


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The musical adventures Lucky’s had with his JSP albums - as headliner, co-headliner and guest artist have ranged from hard-edged modern blues recordings of his own sessions to the funky mix that is the music of wife Tamara’s soulful/poppy stylings.
So where goes this new album?  Back to the roots is where…this is Lucky at three o’clock in the morning. Unique electric guitar styling is joined by acoustic and slide work and classy piano. The band is recorded live in the studio with Lucky adding keyboard overdubs - who better?
This is an album for even the most jaded old blues collector - but the music’s elusive new audience will also love this slice of the ‘real deal’ from a living musician and along the way, many will conclude they've encountered  a musical genius.  

Track Listing:
1. Is It Me - 3:50   2. Waiting on You - 3:19   3. Long Nights - 5:49   4. Be Your Man - 3:10   5. Wasting My Time - 4:02   6. Mad as a Man Can Be - 3:45   7. Never Coming Back - 3:16   8. Repo Man - 4:21   9. Six O'Clock Blues - 3:33   10. Erline - 5:04   11. Feeling They Call the Blues - 4:04

Lucky Peterson (guitar, dobro, piano, vocals) , Jonathan Fisher (acoustic bass) , Jamil Byrum (drums) , Kelyn Crapp (backing guitar)


1. AllMusic - Mark Deming
As an instrumentalist who had a thriving career at the age of six, Lucky Peterson is one of the most accomplished blues artists of his generation. Now that he's all of 51, he's a talent to be reckoned with on the guitar, piano, and organ, and he's a solid singer, too. Peterson shows off his multiple abilities on 2016's Long Nights, a set recorded live in the studio, with Lucky adding extra piano and guitar licks after the fact. Lucky and his band kick up some dust on several selections, but much of Long Nights is dominated by laid-back late-night grooves. Imagine Lucky and his combo are jamming for their own entertainment after the last set of the night, and you'll get an idea of how this music feels. In this case, the easy but determined sound of Lucky and co. works for these songs. Peterson is in no way short on intensity as a vocalist here, and his guitar, Dobro, and piano work are just as powerful and even more precise. Bassist Jonathan Fisher and drummer Jamil Byrum are supportive, keeping the performances locked in place while giving the band's leader plenty of room to move. Long Night is something of a family affair in terms of songwriting; Lucky's wife Tamara Peterson wrote or co-wrote eight of the eleven tracks, while he penned the other three. Some of the tunes seem a bit dated, especially when "Six O'Clock Blues" invokes the name of Walter Cronkite. But there's a lot of low-key fire on Long Nights, and Peterson's taut instrumental work and impassioned vocals deliver even when the songs are on the quiet side. This is yet another inspired session from one of the best and most prolific modern-day blues artists, and its simmering heat cooks effectively.

1. www.bluesmagazine.nlGerrit Schinkel 
Judge Kenneth Peterson, beter bekend als Lucky Peterson, werd geboren op 13 december 1954 in Buffalo (New York). Zijn vader was blueszanger en –gitarist James Peterson, die in Buffalo de nachtclub The Govenor’s Inn runde, waar o.a. Willie Dixon regelmatig optrad. Lucky Peterson speelde op school op de ‘French horn’, maar hij leerde al snel gitaar en piano spelen en hij werd begeleider van Etta James, Little Milton en Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. Vanaf 1989 begon hij albums op te nemen bij Alligator Records en Verve Records en hij “versleet” daarna nog een aantal labels zoals Blue Thump Records, Dreyfus Records en JSP Records. In 2014 verscheen zijn album ‘The Son Of A Bluesman’ op Jazz Village, maar met zijn nieuwste album ‘Long Nights’ is hij weer terug bij JSP Records.
De opener Is It Me is een funky blues met piano en slide en wordt vervolgd door een lekkere no nonsens midtempo blues. Het titelnummer Long Nights is een indringend gezongen prachtige slowblues met uitstekend gitaarspel en een tinkelende piano. Be Your Man is pure countryblues, met fantastisch slidespel en Wasting My Time is een ouderwetse shuffle met gitaar, piano en een solide ritmesectie die ook in Mad As A Man Can Be goed aanwezig zijn. Never Coming Back is een klassieke Elmore James achtige bluesstamper en de krachtige zang en de piano toveren Repo Manom in een heerlijke pianoblues. Een pareltje is de subtiele akoestische bluesballad Six O’clock Blues, waarin ook de in 2009 overleden Amerikaanse tv-persoonlijkheid Walter Cronkite nog even langs komt. Met Erline verzeilen we rechtstreeks in de Blues delta. Schitterend gitaarspel. Feeling They Call The Blues is een lekkere afsluiter met een solerende Peterson op piano.

Conclusie: Lucky Peterson wilde met zijn nieuwe album terug gaan naar zijn roots, de blues, en daar is hij heel goed in geslaagd. Lucky Peterson predikt met ‘Long Nights’ niet de revolutie, maar dat is geen enkel probleem. In tegendeel, hij heeft een uitstekend bluesalbum afgeleverd dat ik regelmatig zal draaien.

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