Lucky Peterson review 02-07-13….

THE LUCKY PETERSON BAND

FEATURING TAMARA PETERSON

LIVE AT THE 55 ARTS CLUB BERLIN

BLACKBIRD MUSIC  3DVD–DOUBLE CD

CD/DVD 1: I’M BACK AGAIN–SMOOTH SAILING–TROUBLE–BLUES MEDLEY–YOU SHOOK ME–KNOCKING–HOW DO I, WHY DO I–I DON’T LIKE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU–BEEN SO LONG–I WANNA KNOW WHAT GOOD LOVE IS–LOST THE RIGHT

CD/DVD 2:GIVING ME THE BLUES–TA TA YOU–IT AIN’T SAFE–I”M READY–WHO’S BEEN TALKIN’–I BELIEVE I’LL DUST MY BROOM–THE WORLD’S IN A TANGLE–KISS–LAST NIGHT YOU LEFT–AIN’T NOBODY LIKE YOU–REAL MUSIC

DVD 3: BOOGIE THANG–PRETTY WOMAN–LOVE OF MINE–BIG TIME–MOTHER-IN-LAW BLUES–I WANNA KNOW WHAT GOOD LOVE IS–MOVE ON YOU–WHO’S BEEN TALKIN–LOVE ME–TROUBLE

 

The son of bluesman James Peterson, Judge Kenneth “Lucky” Peterson was, by the age of three,  being mentored by Jimmy Smith and Willie Dixon.  By 17, he was playing in Little Milton’s band, and his solo career encompasses twelve albums.  The latest is a literal blues explosion, two live CD’s and three DVD’s, entitled “Live At The 55 Arts Club Berlin”, recorded as it happened at that historic German venue.

Joined by Shawn Kellerman on guitar, Tim Waites on bass, and Raul Valdes on drums, Lucky and his stunningly-beautiful wife Tamara scorch thru some three hours of blues, funk, and testifyin’ soul.  Lucky kicks off Disc 1 with a stone shot of B-3 driven funk, lettin’ everyone know “I’m Back Again.”  He shows off his gospel influences with a slow, touching read of Ray Lamontagne’s “Trouble,” with his acoustic piano leading the way as he preaches to us that the love of a good woman conquers all our fears.

What follows next was, for us anyways, the highlight of the whole package.  Grabbing up his white axe Lucky rocks, rolls, and cajoles for a thirteen-minute “Blues Medley,” that pulls out all the stops as he wails thru instrumental versions of “Hideaway,” “Voodoo Chile,” “Cold Shot,” and “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”  And, as if that wasn’t enough, he slows things down to a simmer for the slow-burn of “Little Red Rooster” and “You Shook Me” before Tamara takes the stage.  She and Lucky inspire each other to great heights on a tale of living n today’s hard times, “Knocking.”  She carries on the “love” torch with her original ode to Lucky, “How Do I, Why Do I.”  They duet again as Disc 1 closes with the driving shuffle of “Lost The Right,” as they do their best Otis and Carla impressions, with Lucky playing the scorned lover to the hilt.

Disc Two opens with the scorching, scratchin’ funk of Rico McFarland’s “Giving Me The Blues,” then breaking down to the slow blues of Johnny Guitar Watson’s sexually-charged  “I Want To Ta Ta You.”  Continuing to showcase his versatility, we “go back to the beginning” for Lucky’s read of “I’m Ready,” featuring a brilliant B-3 solo.  He continues in the old-school vein with the minor-key “Who’s Been Talking,” then suddenly leaves the B-3 and grabs his slide and guitar, and goes waaaay back for another absolutely smokin’ ten-minute jam on “Dust My Broom.”

Mrs. Peterson returns to close out the program, and she and Lucky do it up in a big way.  First up is a clever arrangement on Prince’s “Kiss,” with Lucky still burnin’ up the slide guitar (and they share an actual kiss!) on this one.  Tamara does a bit of testifyin’ on her advice to the lovelorn, a very funky “Last Night You Left.”  Everyone takes a solo on the set-closing, fifteen-minute vamp of “Real Music,” showing the crowd more of just how well-oiled this groove machine is.

The third DVD shows the incredible chops of Kellerman, Waites, and Valdes as a trio, as they rip thru a song closely associated with James Cotton, “Boogie Thang,” then seamlessly segue’ into “Pretty Woman,” “Love Of Mine,” and “Big Time.”  Kellerman is on fire as a vocalist and guitarist in his own right, and these guys could easily be a touring act on their own merits.

The “Behind The Scenes” portion takes a look at show rehearsals and how Lucky believes that he is doing his father proud to be a bluesman, feeling that it is what he was born to do.  Wife Tamara also indicates that she had never been familiar with blues until meeting Lucky.

Those Berliners were “Lucky” indeed to be in the presence of this outstanding  contemporary bluesman, who gave them a show that they’ll never forget.  Enjoy “Live At The 55 Arts Club Berlin ” from a man truly born into the blues, Lucky Peterson!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

 

 

 

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