Luther Allison’s son Bernard used to hide in the cupboard because he was afraid of the albino with pink eyes when Johnny Winter came over to your house, but Johnny educated Bernard the trick to playing slide guitar is tuning. Father never did that.
Stevie Ray Vaughan revealed a youthful Bernard that was before Stevie went into rehabilitation, and the cost one pays for being on medications. “I found it really simple to play “Texas Flood” because it is flooded with Albert King which I grew up with,” remembers Bernard. So then when Stevie understood who I was, he was like, “Wow.
When it came time showing his son the ropes of the street, Father called Koko Taylor who made Bernard the leader of her group at age 18.
And when Father was lying having a brain tumor in 1997, he told his son to really go as his first American album Keepin’ The Blues Alive was being released and also to bypass his own dad’s funeral.
Yes, Bernard Allison comes from blues stock that is superb. Having said that, his latest album In The Combination out Tuesday, March 17, will surprise you. I could practically guarantee it.
And Bernard Allison for 30 years has taken the torch of his dad who, for my money, was the only Chicago blues guitarist to challenge Buddy Guy as splashy, the dynamic and awesomely dexterous electrical guitarist.
Luther’s been gone and you are in to get a huge surprise on his just released, when you are looking his son to place a junior in the conclusion of his name In The Mix record.
“I did not need to do a great time, in your face record,” he clarifies. “You’ve your guitar enthusiasts and all of that, but I believe I Have established myself as a musician or soloist. I simply wished to emphasize my musical arrangements, my writing skill also to truly show folks the unity of the group, the coloration of the instruments.”
And that is only what he really does.
“I am more comfortable singing these tunes that I Have always needed to sing like the Freddie Kings as well as the Tyrone Davises ’cause I was raised with this things, but never really set it on record. So that it absolutely was only to bring back those great names that we have lost and place it in the ear of the children, and hopefully they will go and do some soul searching because there is some incredible music out there that is kind of died away once those men died away, and that I do not believe it is reasonable to them.”
There is more Memphis soul than Chicago blues in these arrangements, and he is looking at an album here that will please his foundation crowd of Europeans, while he does not need to lose the guitar fanatics who idolize his father. He is lived since 1989 mainly in Paris and played only in Europe for 12 years. This can be an audience that looks at blues as artwork as many Americans often listen to the music genre more in the intestine.
“Without them, I Had be a John Hammond for instance. As of this phase of the game I Have recorded numerous records, and they are all semi in an identical game, but now also being a little bit old and my voice is pretty much where it is gonna remain now, although I could do this well. I focus more on my vocals manner in addition to the mixture and there is a lot of room for me personally to play beats and place leads.”
“I fundamentally ordered the music, and Ronnie composed the words, and that I determined I should make an effort to get this done, but I really altered the arrangement to be slower. It was leaning toward the stone border than we laid down it. The way we did it the drums turned the tune completely about. It freaked me out because I ‘d no idea what my drummer was gonna play. This really is quite cool, sort a.’
It is quite cool. It is exceptional, as well as the solos are quite trippy on that. It takes me from the Stevie Ray- Albert King, ish -ish vibe when the tune and I can play it. Do not worry about being overly awesome or overly bluesy at the same time. It was simply a good track together with the tempo it place right in the centre of sort and the record of things that are toned down before we go to another tune, essentially.
“When Ronnie and I was not in school, we only were together in a room playing guitar or playing basketball, or we both knew we’d the possibility of playing music. That is what be like our dads and we needed to do, but we also comprehended it is gonna choose not only the name of our originators, our father’s. We must be accurate to it, and put out hearts into it.”
Bernard co-composed “Call Me Mama” along with his mother whom he credits as a huge influence on him along with his father. We actually like that ’cause all girls are not into all that guitar things. They favor things and the lyrics like this in addition to the Tyrone Davis thing.
“If you are referring to playing in the south, and also you need a few of the black people to come for your shows, that is just how you gotta go because they are actually not primed to hear a lot of guitars. They would like to listen to the crooning as well as the emotion as well as the voice as well as the matters like this. Therefore I mentioned, “I can do this. I was raised with that. It is in me, you know.”
One often wonders how great artists who died not too old might seem had they not passed. What would adulthood have done for Luther Allison? It might be presumptuous to hypothesize he would seem like Bernard does today at 49, but it’s exciting to hear Bernard’s extremely diverse influences coalesce into an album that appeals to a wide spectrum of the blues crowd including guitar fans, girls, Europeans and -dare I say – African Americans. One thing is certain. Father will be quite happy with his youngest of nine kids.
“And it kind of fell on me the same manner and, after I visited Europe, they only accepted everything that we needed to offer and if we wished to get rugged or amazing or take it like back to the Delta, they supported it and valued it and did not tag it. They are like, “Wow, these men are blues-oriented, however they play everything. Just how do they do this? How can you interpret all that music into that fashion?
“I always say I am carrying to the Allison convention the finest that I can and hopefully I will keep bringing in a few Luther Allison tunes along with some Bernard Allison tunes and let ‘em understand that, ‘Hey, we are still out here to give. My dad with me. If it was not for him.