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Lucky Peterson

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, Muddy Waters, Bill Doggett. The latter's mighty Hammond B-3 organ fascinated the four-and-a-half-year-old lad, and soon Peterson was on his way under Dixon's tutelage. "1-2-3-4" got Peterson on The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, but he didn't rest on his laurels. Lucky was doubling on guitar at age eight, and at 17 he signed on as Little Milton's keyboardist for three years.

A three-year stint with Bobby Bland preceded Peterson's solo career launch, which took off when he struck up a musical relationship with Florida-based producer Bob Greenlee. Two Greenlee-produced albums for Alligator, 1989's Lucky Strikes! and the following year's Triple Play, remain a pair of his finest recorded offerings. Extensive session work behind everyone from Etta James to Kenny Neal to Otis Rush also marked this period.

In 1992, Peterson's first album for the Verve label, I'm Ready, found him boldly mixing contemporary rock and soul into his simmering blues stew. More high-energy Verve sets followed, making it clear that Peterson's career was in full swing. (Meanwhile, his father James Peterson fashioned his own career as a bluesman with albums for Ichiban and Waldoxy and remained an active player in Florida until his death in 2010). Lucky made his debut for the revived Blue Thumb label with a self-titled effort released in 1999, and Double Dealin' followed in early 2001.

The new millennium found Peterson recording a number of well-received albums for various labels, including Black Midnight Sun (2003, Dreyfus), the father-and-son James & Lucky Peterson duo album If You Can't Fix It (2004, JSP), Heart of Pain (2010, JSP), You Can Always Turn Around (2010, Dreyfus), and Every Second a Fool Is Born (2011, JSP). Peterson self-produced himself for the first time with 2014's The Son of a Bluesman, which appeared on the Jazz Village imprint. Also appearing that year was the retro-blues-tinged album Travelin' Man. The prolific Peterson dropped another studio album in 2014, I'm Back Again for Blues Boulevard, and 2015 brought the concert set Live in Marciac July 28, 2014. In 2016, Peterson brought out another studio album, a set of moody late-night numbers titled Long Nights. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Every Second A Fool Is Born

1. Ain't Going To Boss Me

2. I Can Do Better By Myself

3. Changing Ways

4. Every Second A Fool Is Born

5. Baby Please

6. Love Me

7. After The Dance

8. My Baby Changed

9. Running Down The Railroad

10. Have Mercy On Us

11. Lucky's Blues

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Track List: You Can Always Turn Around

1. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom

2. I'm New Here

3. Statesboro Blues

4. Trouble

5. Trampled Rose

6. Atonement

7. Why Are People Like That?

8. Four Little Boys

9. Death Don't Have No Mercy

10. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

11. Think

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Track List: Double Dealin'

1. Double Dealin'

2. It Ain't Safe

3. When My Blood Runs Cold

4. Smooth Sailing

5. Don't Try to Explain

6. Mercenary Baby

7. Ain't Doin' Too Bad

8. Where Can a Man Go

9. Three-Handed Woman

10. Doin' Bad, Feelin' Good

11. Four Little Boys

12. Remember The Day

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Track List: Lucky Peterson

1. Deal With It

2. The Other Side

3. Tribute To Luther Allison

4. Shake

5. Funny How Time Slips Away

6. Why Can't We Live Together

7. Ask Me Nothing 'bout The Blues

8. She's Giving Me The Blues

9. Seduction

10. Ta' Ta' You

11. Don't Cry No More

12. Ode To Billy Joe

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Track List: Move

1. You're The One For Me

2. Don't You Even Care

3. Let's Go Get Stoned

4. It's Your Thing

5. Move

6. Tin Pan Alley

7. I'm Back Again

8. Play Dirty

9. Purple Rain

10. Move On You

11. Pickin'

12. What Cha Doing Out There

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Track List: Beyond Cool

1. I'm Talking To You

2. Count On Me

3. Compared To What

4. Up From The Skies

5. Your Love Is Amazing

7. Pouring Money On A Drowning Love Affair

8. Beyond Cool

10. Your Good Thing Is About To Run Out

11. You Can't Fool Me

12. Drivin' Wheel

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Track List: I'm Ready

1. I'm Ready

2. It Ain't Right

3. You Shook Me

4. Junkyard

5. Who's Been Talking

6. I Lost Faith Last Night

7. Tribute To The King

8. On The Sea Of Love

9. Nothing But Smoke

10. Spankin' Leroy

11. Don't Cloud Up On Me

12. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

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Track List: Lucky Strikes

1. Over My Head

2. Pounding Of My Heart

3. Can't Get No Loving On The Telephone

4. She Spread Her Wings (And Flew Away)

5. Lucky Strikes

6. Dead Cat On The Line

7. Bad Feeling

8. Heart Attack

9. Earlene

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Track List: Long Nights

1. Is It Me

2. Waiting On You

3. Long Nights

4. Be Your Man

5. Wasting My Time

6. Mad As A Man Can Be

7. Never Coming Back

8. Repo Man

9. Six O' Clock Blues

10. Erline

11. Feeling They Call The Blues

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Track List: The Son Of A Bluesman (Deluxe Edition)

1. Blues In My Blood

2. Funky Broadway

3. Nana Jarnell

4. I Pity The Fool

5. Boogie-Woogie Blues Joint Party

6. I'm Still Here

7. The Son Of A Bluesman

8. I Can See Clearly Now

9. Joy

10. You Lucky Dog

11. I'm Still Here (Gospel)

12. Stick Like Glue

13. World's In A Tangle

14. Read Between The Lines

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tfq1
So many great bluesmen toiling in obscurity. Never heard of this guy. Thanks Pandora. This guy is good!
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At age 6!! It shows!! Mister fingers!! I know a couple players. I call them M.F. Also
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Blues at it's best
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Phenomenal!! ! ! Love this guy!!!!
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ddy0815
Simply BEAUTIFUL !
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Pretty amazing artist...mak e s my want to rock and sway with the blues. Where's my harp? ;)
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Love this artist!!! JULY
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Driving to work with Lucky blaring on the radio. The only way.
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Maaan that's goood, warms my insides
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First time I've enjoyed Lucky's work. Nice.
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ddy0815
AHHHH ! LOVE IT, LOVE IT.
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Oh, that was sweet
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Greatest tune n the world
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Fantabulus!
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Nice, just keeps on licking. Nice!!!!!
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Stevie Ray Vaughn does this one too!!!!!
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No matter what the day(s) may bring, listening to BLUES comforts me. The talent that is performed warms my soul. Thank you Lucky Peterson!
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Lucky Bucky can blow the doors off any hard core blues club trust me first saw him years ago in the quarter in New Orleans a club named the king of clubs meet him after his gig partied a bit 2 years later seen him agin in west palm beach Florida club called Benny's ice house he spotted me in the crowd all hell broke loss all night sense then we have been great friends I go to the Chicago blues festival every year to see him and all the other greats but it always me and my cool cat lucky that hoo
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First time listener of Mr. Lucky, let the hawk blow !!
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Bob Geddins song actually.
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diana.j73.dj
Man i love them smart kid's.
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NOT TRULY AN S.R.V. SONG!!! BUT HE DOES IT JUSTICE!!!!!
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saw you liked Lucky Peterson
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He really does have he's own sound
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Follow for Follow
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Can not wait to see and hear him on the blues Cruise!!!
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This man has chops, covering a SRV song is an unenviable task. He had his own sound with a slight echo of heroes past. I will see him when he comes to NYC
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vegaschevygu y
Great groove !!! Love it.
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I'm a beginner and want to imitate this guy's cool style!
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With love from your brother gyst house alumni
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johnmtill
Thank you Lucky, for keeping the blues alive and well!
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blessed Holy Mary...dedic a t e for very sick friend, Lou Ann
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jmosahon
Wow
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a sweet tribute to one of the blues greats
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jessicalwatt e r s 3
Blues lives
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My new Fave, loving Lucky!
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i thought old blues was dead….till i heard Lucky Peterson.
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KOOL BLUES.
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stevefoutz
He played on one of ernie lancasters cd, check it our for more LUcky
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Love seeing how many people found lucky through pandora. Great blues since he was just a boy.
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Where have I been?? Lucky Peterson has a super sounding group.
He obvious learned from some of the greats, but reflects his great
personal sound. Hats off to Lucy Peterson from an old time blues lover.
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don't normally post but had to on this one......ver y clean
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Blue are go for the soul...every o n e of us has some of 'those days'
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This is the type of music you can sit back and light one up and enjoy
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i lost a tootn listening to luther allison... and bigfoot stole my truck..
lol mike
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freggie7
Now this is the BLUES and that man knows how to make that guitar SING 'EM. I have heard his music but didn't know who he was until now.
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I like rock but some days the blues are the best
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neil_highlif e
Thank you Lucky , and Pandora
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baynefam
Wow! Fantastastic R&B! Lucky is new for us!!
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This is a blues sound I've been looking for!!!!
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