Lucky Peterson

Roots and Blues 2018 Performing Artist

Contemporary Blues, Fusing Soul, R&B, Gospel & Rock n' Roll

Lucky Peterson is a talented musician who plays contemporary blues fusing soul, R&B, gospel, and rock and roll. Lucky is considered to be a virtuoso guitarist/ keyboard player with powerful blues vocals to match. 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.” Peterson’s father, bluesman: “James Peterson”, owned a nightclub in Buffalo, called “The Governor’s Inn”, a popular New York blues nightclub that booked the legends such as Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, and Bill Doggett. The club was a regular stop for fellow bluesman 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”.