FIRST TIME PERFORMER AT THE BEAN!
Bernard Allison totes the same smokin' six string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with. Bernard is blessed with his father's soulful voice, spiritual devotion, and a musical freedom which experiments with the blues. Born in Chicago on November 26th, 1965, he was the youngest of nine children. Bernard was first introduced to the roots of black music and the art of the electric guitar by his father, the late great Luther Allison. Like Ken Griffey Jr. hanging out in baseball locker rooms as a youth. Luther's son was the kid running on stage throughout the band's set. Experiences like that profoundly affect one's aspirations. "That's when I decided that I wanted to be up there like him. I Think I was seven."
Bernard made his first appearance on record at age 13, when he played on a live LP his Father recorded in Peoria,IL. "When we moved to Peoria, Dad came home preparing to do his live album in Peoria, I hooked up the amplifier and guitar in the basement and started playing his first record, Love Me Momma, note for note. He freaked out and said tonight you're gonna record with me. That was my first recording, I played "You don't Love Me No More" and "Sweet Home Chicago"
Luther bought Bernard his first guitar a Fender Stratocaster and he told him to first get an education. At eighteen years old Bernard joined his father on stage at the 1983 Chicago Blues Festival. Then one week after he graduated from high school, Bernard got a call from KOKO Taylor asking him to be her lead guitar player.
Bernard has inherited Luther's knack for igniting audiences; but he's no clone of his famous father. He is definitely blazing his own path with a style that reflects a unique mix of traditional and modern influences. The Allison torch has been passed, and it's clear that Bernard takes his role as its bearer very seriously. He's assumed the challenge of keeping the blues alive and growing - a commitment he renews every time he takes the stage.
Rock and Blues Muse by Martine Ehrenclou Review….
Let It Go, the new album by guitar slinger and blues funk master, Bernard Allison, released February 2nd, cracks the start of 2018 with a blues-bang.
The incredibly talented guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, Bernard Allison (son of the late, blues heavyweight, Luther Allison) put together a funky blues album that rocks. There’s something for everyone on Let It Go, including jazz and rock tunes. Produced by the legendary Jim Gaines, Let It Go is Allison’s return to Ruf Records.
Allison is the king of groove and smokin’ guitar chops, and Let It Go showcases plenty of soul-satisfying guitar work. It’s an upbeat, and even uplifting record with genre bending tunes that Allison largely wrote himself, with the exception of two covers and two by his father.