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Chicago blues star Bernard Allison and his superb band play an exclusive London date
Son of the legendary Luther Allison – one of the most exciting blues acts of all time – Bernard has gradually emerged as a blues guitar hero in his own right. Promoting his brand new “Higher Power” CD on Ruf “The best synthesis of Blues tradition & firepower” Bernard Allison is a compelling mix of blues/r&b and funk, all topped by an emotive voice and an incendiary guitar style.
Bernard first recorded at the tender age of 13 with his dad Luther before he learnt his blues, serving three hard years on the road with Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine, followed by Willie Dixon’s Blues All Stars. In between tour dates he was taught by the very best in blues rock guitar players from Johnny Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan. His musical education well in hand, Bernard recorded a Grammy nominated album with his dad Luther. Titled “Let’s Try It Again”, the album was recorded live at the prestigious Chicago Blues festival, and its success led to Luther moving to Paris, France and establishing the same career pattern as his father Luther.
In the last decade Bernard has impressed with a string of albums ranging from the appropriately titled “The Next Generation” ,through the funky “Funkifino” with George Clinton and Johnny Guitar Watson, climaxing with the “Born With the Blues” album, recorded with Buddy Guy’s band. 8 albums into his still fledgling career and Bernard promotes the brand new “Across The Water” album. Produced by StevieRay / Walter Trout producer Jim Gaines, the album proves Bernard has come of age, and looks set to combine commercial success with a real feel for the blues.
With a winning mix of searing guitar, powerful vocals, and a stupendous band, The Bernard Allison band is arguably the leading young band to have come out of Chicago for a couple of decades.
Here are some audio clips
|Bottle Of Whisky|
|Get Drunk & Pop The Trunk|
|I'm Praying For You|
This CD was number 1 in the May 2005 Playlist