It occurs to me that I haven’t done a “listening party” in a while, and I was listening to some Bernard Allison today and thought I’d share with you.
Bernard Allison is the son of Chicago bluesman, Luther Allison. As a child Bernard used to go to blues festivals with his father and began sharing a stage with him at the ripe young age of 18.
Right after high school he joined Koko Taylor’s touring band and also did some stints with Johnny Winter while he honed his guitar skills.
As a frontman, Bernard has released over a dozen albums around the world and continues to play and tour extensively.
And while I would not call Bernard one of the more traditional blues players, I really like his slightly funky sound and firey chops.
As a young man, here he holds his own with none other that SRV himself at a club gig (recognize the guitar strap?):
Here’s one of his more recent tunes, showcasing his funkified sound: (gear junkie note – check the Mesa/Boogie amp behind him… the only other blues player I know that is known for using a Boogie is Walter Trout though he plays a Mark series amp, not the Rectifier series.)
One of the things Bernard is known for is his great slide playing, so check this one out where the slide is front and center:
Hope you enjoyed these and if you did, check out of more from Bernard Allison and support blues music around the world!