Lucky Peterson

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Blues legend Lucky Peterson plays contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. Peterson was a child prodigy on the keyboards, discovered by legendary blues musician Willie Dixon when he was three. Two years later, Peterson had recorded his first album, which included the single “1-2-3-4.” That song landed him on the Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Now a true blues veteran Lucky has played to audiences all over the world, dazzling both fans and critics with his multi-instrumental talents (he plays keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and trumpet), and his soulful vocal style and his youthful approach to the blues.

Chicago’s Reader raved, “His musicianship is unassailable…a combination of sleek-handed dexterity and imagination…a happy marriage of blues authenticity and foot-pleasing danceability. This is a young musician of unlimited enthusiasm and nearly unlimited potential having the time of his life and excelling at every stop along the way.”

Lucky honed his instrumental skills by learning from and jamming with some of the best blues players in the world. When Little Milton’s band came up short an organ player one night, Milton asked the then 17-year-old Lucky to sit in. One gig was all it took for Milton to fall in love with Lucky’s playing. He asked Lucky to join the band permanently. After seven months, Lucky had become Milton’s bandleader, Lucky’s three-year stint with Milton led to an equally long gig with Bobby “Blue” Bland as Bobby’s featured soloist.

His funky keyboards sparked Kenny Neal’s Big New from Baton Rouge!, Rufus Thomas’ That Woman Is Poison! and Lazy Lester’s Harp And Soul, which were all released by Alligator Records. In 1989, Alligator released Lucky’s third solo outing, Lucky Strikes! Lucky co-wrote three songs for the album and played all of the keyboard parts and all but one of the guitar solos.