Lucky Peterson

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Lucky Peterson
Lucky Peterson - Festival du Bout du Monde 2016 - 024.jpg
Peterson, 2016
Background information
Birth name Judge Kenneth Peterson
Born (1964-12-16) 16 December 1964 (age 52)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Genres Blues, soul, R&B, gospel, rock and roll
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Keyboards
Labels Disques Dreyfus, Evidence Records, Alligator Records, Verve records, Blue Thumb Records, JSP Records
Associated acts Mavis Staples

Lucky Peterson (born Judge Kenneth Peterson, December 13, 1964, Buffalo, New York)[1] is an American musician who plays contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. He plays guitar and keyboards. Music journalist Tony Russell, in his book The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray has said, "he may be the only blues musician to have had national television exposure in short pants."[2]


Peterson's father, bluesman James Peterson, owned a nightclub in Buffalo called The Governor's Inn. The club was a regular stop for fellow bluesmen such as Willie Dixon. Dixon saw a five-year-old Lucky Peterson performing at the club and, in Peterson's words, "Took me under his wing." Months later, Peterson performed on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and What's My Line?. Millions of people watched Peterson sing "1-2-3-4", a cover version of "Please, Please, Please" by James Brown. At the time, Peterson said "his father wrote it". Around this time he recorded his first album, Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky Peterson, for Today/Perception Records and appeared on the public television show, Soul!.

As a teen, Peterson studied at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, where he played the French horn with the school symphony. Soon, he was playing backup guitar and keyboards for Etta James, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Little Milton.[2]

The 1990s were a prolific period for Peterson. Two solo Bob Greenlee produced albums for the Chicago-based Alligator Records (1989's Lucky Strikes! and the following year's Triple Play) remain his finest recorded offerings.[3] He then released four more for the record label, Verve Records (I'm Ready, Beyond Cool, Lifetime and Move). While with Verve, Peterson collaborated with Mavis Staples on a tribute to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, called Spirituals & Gospel. Peterson played electric organ behind Staples' singing.

More albums from Peterson came after 2000. He recorded two for Blue Thumb Records (Lucky Peterson and Double Dealin'), and one for Disques Dreyfus entitled, Black Midnight Sun. In 2007, he released Tete a Tete on JSP Records.

In 2013, the Blackbird Music/55 Arts Club DVD of Live At The 55 Arts Club Berlin was nominated for a Blues Music Award.[4]

Lucky Peterson in 1984.

Current work and lifestyle[edit]

Today, Peterson lives in Dallas, Texas, and maintains a rigorous tour schedule performing all over the world.

Peterson has four children.


Lucky Peterson at National Blues Festival of Le Creusot in 1994

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1969: Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky Peterson – Today Records
  • 1972: Daddy Come Home For Christmas / Florene – Today Records (T-1517-A)
  • 1984: Ridin'Evidence
  • 1989: Lucky Strikes!Alligator
  • 1990: Triple Play – Alligator
  • 1992: I'm ReadyVerve
  • 1993: Beyond Cool – Verve
  • 1995: Lifetime – Verve
  • 1998: Move – Verve
  • 1999: Lucky PetersonBlue Thumb
  • 2001: Double Dealin' – Blue Thumb – Grammy Award nominee, produced by John Porter
  • 2003: Black Midnight SunDreyfus
  • 2009: Organ Soul SessionsEmarcy
  • 2010: Heart of PainJSP
  • 2010: You Can Always Turn Around – Dreyfus
  • 2011: Every Second a Fool is Born – JSP
  • 2012: Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin – Blackbird Music
  • 2014: The Son of a Bluesman – Jazz Village
  • 2016: Long Nights-JSP Records

Other albums[edit]

  • 2004: If You Can't Fix It with James Peterson – JSP
  • 2007: Tête à Tête with Andy Aledort & Larry McCray – JSP
  • 2009: Darling Forever with Tamara Peterson – JSP
  • 2013 Whatever You Say With Tamara Peterson – JSP

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lucky Peterson". IMDb.vom. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 154. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  3. ^ Dahl, Bill (1964-12-13). "Lucky Peterson - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 

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