FAME Review: Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around
Lucky Peterson - You Can Always Turn Around

You Can Always Turn Around

Lucky Peterson

Dreyfus Jazz - 36966-2

Available from CD Universe.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This young giant of the Blues released his first album at the age of 5, appeared on Ed Sullivan by age 6. This artist who is now in his mid 40's is releasing first album since he entered drug rehabilitation to clean up his life. It is being put out on the renowned Dreyfus Jazz label that is know for excellence, and it is the first proper follow up to his acclaimed Black Midnight Sun. The title of this disc is apropos to what has happened in his life with that stint in rehab and greeting each new day with new eyes. It is in some ways an odd mélange of styles as he mixes the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell with what might be called smooth modern blues, and songs by the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Trouble, Curtis Mayfield, Think, and a jaw dropping riveting version of Lucinda Williams', Atonement, among others, however they fit the theme of this disc. He does them in his way, and in some cases the songs allow him to really stretch out and wring some wonderful notes out of his acoustic guitar, Duolian resonator guitar, piano, acoustic and electric guitars.

Though there is a great mix of styles the disc holds together very well, which may be due to his and the bands musical excellence. He is playing with an all star group of Woodstock musicians; Larry Campbell on guitars, mandolin, pedal steel and duolian resonator; Scott Petito on bass, shakers, and octave mandolin; Gary Burke on drums; and Tamara Peterson (Lucky's wife and quite a good singer in her on right) on vocals. This is a well-seasoned group of musicians and they play together as a solid unit, giving each other the room and support to feel and play the music. Personally I love his forays into the Delta Blues and his ability to ring the raw guts of feeling out of a song, however his forays into other genres of blues are strong and open up new avenues to explore. There is not a weak cut on the disc, just some you will like much more.

Track List:

  • I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
  • I'm New Here
  • Statesboro Blues
  • Trouble
  • Trampled Rose
  • Atonement
  • Why Are People Like That
  • Four Little Boy
  • Death Don't Have No Mercy
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  • Think

Edited by: David N. Pyles


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