Review: Lucky Peterson – I’m Back Again

Posted on: Friday, Jun 13, 2014


Lucky Peterson – I’m Back Again

(Music Avenue/ Blues Boulevard: 250357)

The “Live At The 55 Arts Club In Berlin” release (3 DVDs and 2 CDs) has had a lot of acclaim – not least on this website back in November 2012. Of the 22 tracks, eleven were sung by Lucky’s wife Tamara – this CD brings together Lucky’s numbers from the evening with his rich blues voice backed by his own organ or guitar playing and a fine band consisting of second guitarist Shawn Kellerman, bass player Timothy Lee Waites and drummer Raul Valdes.

Numbers like Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon’s ‘I’m Ready’, Howling Wolf’s ‘Who’s Been Talking’ and ‘Dust My Broom’ are all wonderful performances, as are the nearly 13 minutes long instrumental ‘Blues Medley’, the soul tinged ‘It Ain’t Safe’ and especially the nearly solo rendition of Jimmy Rogers’ ‘The World Is In A Tangle’.

Several of the earlier numbers outstay their welcome – whilst some of the instrumental breaks may have made for good viewing in the confines of a club and with the benefit of a drink or two, they are less attractive in the confines of a living room and without the visuals.

Lucky does live up to his name though by having enough talent to just about compensate for these earlier inadequacies by the end of the set.


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