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Long Nights by Lucky Peterson

Long Nights by Lucky Peterson

Album Review

As an instrumentalist who had a thriving career at the age of six, Lucky Peterson is one of the most accomplished blues artists of his generation. Now that he’s all of 51, he’s a talent to be reckoned with on the guitar, piano, and organ, and he’s a solid singer, too. Peterson shows off his multiple abilities on 2016’s Long Nights, a set recorded live in the studio, with Lucky adding extra piano and guitar licks after the fact. Lucky and his band kick up some dust on several selections, but much of Long Nights is dominated by laid-back late-night grooves. Imagine Lucky and his combo are jamming for their own entertainment after the last set of the night, and you’ll get an idea of how this music feels. In this case, the easy but determined sound of Lucky and co. works for these songs. Peterson is in no way short on intensity as a vocalist here, and his guitar, Dobro, and piano work are just as powerful and even more precise. Bassist Jonathan Fisher and drummer Jamil Byrum are supportive, keeping the performances locked in place while giving the band’s leader plenty of room to move. Long Night is something of a family…

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